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‘Mistah Keith’ is first Keys’ fatality

To many people, Key West resident Keith White is the face of the coronavirus in the Florida Keys, as he is the first fatal case the chain of islands has recorded. To his family and friends, he is and was so much more. Even before the Florida Department of Health[…]

Coronavirus, isolation present mental health issues, concerns

Much like the ocean that surrounds us, news of the coronavirus keeps coming at us in waves. As each wave hits, the levels of stress, anxiety and worry continues to build. Yet, there are several practical and positive ways to frame your mind to best contend with the stress and[…]

Coronavirus to impact political campaigns

Political candidates, groups and parties are going to have to change the way they get out their messages this campaign season, as more traditional, face-to-face methods of campaigning have been indefinitely put on hold because of the coronavirus. Some traditional forms of campaigning such as direct mail, campaign signs, television,[…]

Senior facilities remain virus-free

The Florida Key’s most vulnerable population appears to be faring well so far during the coronavirus pandemic. No residents of the two senior living centers in the Key West West area — the 16-bed Bayshore Manor on Stock and senior living facility at 50-resident Poinciana Gardens in Key West —[…]

Keys visit is a bridge too far for woman

A Wisconsin woman intent on fulfilling a bucket list item of driving over Florida Keys bridges was arrested Tuesday for refusing to comply with orders to turn around at the checkpoint on U.S. 1. Monroe County officials established the checkpoint Friday, March 27, to restrict non-residents without legitimate business in[…]

Keys has first coronavirus death

Monroe County officials confirmed Thursday night that the Florida Keys has had its first death of a person who contracted the coronavirus. County officials confirmed the information with local representatives of the Florida Department of Health. The Health Department was expected to put out a news release on the death[…]

Grocery clerk tests positive

The Marathon Publix store #575 has a confirmed case of the coronavirus. According to an April 1 internal memo from the Human Resources Department posted to the Marathon Yard Sale Facebook page, the associate and anyone who worked with her are under quarantine, according to federal guidelines. A resident familiar[…]

Charter school ahead of curve with live, online instruction

Public schools in Monroe County implemented online learning April 1, after one week of Spring Break and another week-and-a-half of school closure and behind-the-scenes preparation as the cornonavirus threat continues to grow throughout the nation. Upper Keys students experienced computer network failures Wednesday shortly after the 8 a.m. start time,[…]

Buses suspended

In light of Florida Gov. Ron Desantis’s stay-at-home order, the Key West Transit bus system will suspend service as of 8 p.m. on Friday, April 3, until further notice. “We must work as a community to keep this virus from spreading,” said City Manager Greg Veliz. “The quicker we comply[…]

Visitor arrested at check point

A Wisconsin woman intent on fulfilling a bucket list item of driving over Florida Keys bridges was arrested Tuesday for refusing to comply with orders to turn around at the checkpoint on U.S. 1. Monroe County officials established the checkpoint Friday, March 27, to restrict non-residents without legitimate business in[…]