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Old 05-11-2021, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) – County Commissioners in Manatee County voted to direct the County Administrator to remove all COVID-19-related restrictions imposed in county properties, action that means masks will no longer be required for visitors to Manatee County libraries and other County-owned public buildings.

Commissioners voted after receiving updated information from public safety officials.


Also of note:

A state testing site at the Sarasota Kennel Club will also close on Saturday. All other state run testing sites throughout the state will be closed by May 28.
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Old 05-13-2021, 02:30 PM
 
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New CDC guidelines say vaccinated Americans can ditch the masks, with a few exceptions

https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/...ks/5079292001/

The CDC relaxed guidelines Thursday for wearing masks and social distancing indoors in a decision with major implications.

The new guidance allows fully vaccinated people to safely stop wearing masks and maintaining a certain distance from others inside most places.

"Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,'' CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.''

The rules will still call for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings such as buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters but could ease restrictions for reopening workplaces and schools. In addition, the agency will no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds, possibly allowing for bigger capacities at sporting events.

Also starting Thursday, youths 12 and up across most of the nation can get vaccinated. CVS Health is among providers ready with the shots, announcing that kids can begin scheduling vaccine appointments at more than 5,600 pharmacy locations nationwide.
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Old 05-14-2021, 03:47 PM
 
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to pardon COVID-19 rule breakers

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/lo...outputType=amp

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order granting clemency to Florida residents and businesses charged with violating local COVID-19 safety protocols.

The executive order covers criminal penalties for things like refusing to practice social distancing or adhering to mask mandates.

The governor said the state’s clemency board would meet in the coming weeks and pardon any Floridian that has outstanding COVID-19 infractions.

The order does not apply to citations issued by the state.

It also does not apply to assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals or other healthcare facilities.
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:43 PM
 
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Since vaccine passports are banned in Florida - how will Publix know if a maskless customer justs tells a little fib and says they've been fully vaccinated when in reality they haven't?

Masks optional for fully vaccinated people in Publix stores starting Saturday

https://news.google.com/articles/CAI...S&ceid=US%3Aen

Beginning Saturday, Publix grocery stores will no longer require fully vaccinated customers or employees to wear a face covering, according to a news release Friday.

“As a result of the recently updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, Publix will no longer require fully vaccinated associates or customers to wear face coverings, unless required by a state or local order or ordinance, beginning May 15.

“In accordance with CDC guidelines, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store.”

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after receiving the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:54 PM
 
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Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe's and Publix no longer require masks for vaccinated customers. See the list.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usa...amp/5102169001

A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new masking guidelines, retailers started announcing changes to mask policies for fully vaccinated customers.

Trader Joe's, Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco and Publix were the first to confirm updates to mask requirements, leading the way for mask-free shopping except where required by state or local mandate. In some cases, vaccinated store employees can also go to work without a mask.

Many retailers, including Apple, Target, CVS and Walgreens, say they are still evaluating the CDC guidance but say they could update policies.

Bloomberg reported Friday night that Apple stores will continue to require masks and follow other COVID-19 procedures as the company continues to evaluate health and safety measures. Apple was one of the first retailers to mandate masks.

The CDC said Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans, for the most part, no longer need to wear masks indoors and don’t have to wear masks outdoors, even in crowded spaces.

But privately-owned businesses can still require masks, which most of the nation's largest retailers started mandating last summer. There are other exceptions for when the CDC recommends masks such as in health care settings, transportation hubs such as airports and stations, planes and public transportation.
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Old 05-15-2021, 06:10 PM
 
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Beginning Saturday, Publix grocery stores will no longer require fully vaccinated customers or employees to wear a face covering

Publix, Walmart and may other Sarasota/Bradenton retailers allowed non-masked people for the past year. Even if their stores "say" they require masks, many non-masked shoppers have been shopping amongst masked shoppers for a long time.
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Old 05-16-2021, 03:45 PM
 
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Week over week new Covid-19 cases declined by 18% in Sarasota County - while in Manatee County new cases declined by 9.5%. Testing also declined in both counties therefore we saw only small declines in the test positivity rates. Manatee County's test positivity rate (5.6%) is still a bit higher than where we'd like to see it.

Hospitalizations declined by 11.6% in Sarasota County and by 7.5% in Manatee County.

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Hospitalizations
As per the state data-base that lists hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of Covid-19:

Sarasota County:

*April 4th = 41.86 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 11th = 42.14 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 18th = 54.28 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 25th = 57.86 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 2nd = 46.14 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 9th = 35.57 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 16th = 31.43 Covid-19 patients hospitalized

Manatee County:

*April 4th = 25.43 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 11th = 27.85 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 18th = 38.43 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 25th = 33.44 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 2nd = 39.71 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 9th = 32.14 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 16th = 29.71 Covid-19 patients hospitalized

*I report hospitalizations as the seven day average.

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Cases, Tests, Positivity Rate

For the week of May 9th through May 15th:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 305 (43.57 cases per day on average)
total tests = 8087 (1155.28 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 3.77%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 478 (68.28 cases per day on average)
total tests = 8495 (1213.57 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 5.6%

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For the week of May 2nd through May 8th:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 372 (53.14 cases per day on average)
total tests = 9600 (1371.43 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 3.87%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 528 (75.43 cases per day on average)
total tests = 9159 (1308.43 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 5.76%

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For the week of April 25th through May 1st:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 486 (69.43 cases per day on average)
total tests = 11,131 (1590.14 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 4.36%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 655 (93.57 cases per day on average)
total tests = 10,373 (1481.86 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 6.31%

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For the week of April 18th through April 24th:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 659 (94.14 cases per day on average)
total tests = 12,179 (1739.86 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 5.41%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 726 (103.71 cases per day on average)
total tests = 11,082 (1583.14 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 6.55%

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For the week of April 11th through April 17th:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 790 (112.86 cases per day on average)
total tests = 12,734 (1819.14 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 6.2%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 841 (120.14 cases per day on average)
total tests = 11,621 (1660.14 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 7.24%
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Old 05-23-2021, 07:24 PM
 
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Week over week new Covid-19 cases decreased by 27.2% in Sarasota County and in Manatee County new cases declined by 38%. Testing declined in both counties - however we still saw a 18% decline in the test positivity rate in Sarasota County and a 16% decline for the test positivity rate in Manatee County. The test positivity rate in Manatee County finally fell below 5% - and it now stands at 4.69%.

Hospitalizations declined by 11.83% in Sarasota County - and in Manatee County hospitalizations fell by 4.3%.

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Hospitalizations
As per the state data-base that lists hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of Covid-19:

Sarasota County:

*April 11th = 42.14 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 18th = 54.28 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 25th = 57.86 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 2nd = 46.14 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 9th = 35.57 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 16th = 31.43 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 23rd = 27.71 Covid-19 patients hospitalized

Manatee County:

*April 11th = 27.85 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 18th = 38.43 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*April 25th = 33.44 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 2nd = 39.71 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 9th = 32.14 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 16th = 29.71 Covid-19 patients hospitalized
*May 23rd = 28.43 Covid-19 patients hospitalized

*I report hospitalizations as the seven day average.

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Cases, Tests, Positivity Rate

For the week of May 16th through May 22nd:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 222 (31.71 cases per day on average)
total tests = 7168 (1024 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 3.09%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 296 (42.28 cases per day on average)
total tests = 6311 (901.57 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 4.69%

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For the week of May 9th through May 15th:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 305 (43.57 cases per day on average)
total tests = 8087 (1155.28 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 3.77%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 478 (68.28 cases per day on average)
total tests = 8495 (1213.57 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 5.6%

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For the week of May 2nd through May 8th:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 372 (53.14 cases per day on average)
total tests = 9600 (1371.43 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 3.87%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 528 (75.43 cases per day on average)
total tests = 9159 (1308.43 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 5.76%

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For the week of April 25th through May 1st:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 486 (69.43 cases per day on average)
total tests = 11,131 (1590.14 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 4.36%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 655 (93.57 cases per day on average)
total tests = 10,373 (1481.86 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 6.31%

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For the week of April 18th through April 24th:

Sarasota County:

total positive cases = 659 (94.14 cases per day on average)
total tests = 12,179 (1739.86 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 5.41%

Manatee County:

total positive cases = 726 (103.71 cases per day on average)
total tests = 11,082 (1583.14 tests per day on average)
test positivity rate = 6.55%
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Old 05-25-2021, 11:40 AM
 
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Gottlieb says there's growing circumstantial evidence that Covid may have originated in a lab

https://news.google.com/articles/CAI...S&ceid=US%3Aen

Evidence that Covid-19 originally leaked from a Wuhan, China, virology lab is growing, Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday, pointing to reports that three researchers from the lab sought hospital care with a Covid-like illness in November 2019.

Scientists still haven't discovered definitive proof that the virus came from an animal, he said. With other coronaviruses, SARS and MERS, researchers were able to identify the animal those diseases emerged from at this point in those outbreaks.

"It's not for lack of trying, there has been an exhaustive search," Gottlieb said.

A previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report found that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology sought hospital care after falling ill "with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness," The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, quoting from the report.

Gottlieb said the growing number of reports provide an increasing amount of circumstantial evidence supporting the theory that the virus could have escaped from a lab.

"The question for a lot of people is going to be when are too many coincidences too much, when does it seem that there's too many things suggesting that this could have come out of a lab," he said.

Gottlieb said it's unlikely we'll ever know for sure. Unless there is a whistleblower or regime change in China, he said any evidence supporting the lab leak hypothesis won't likely surface.
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Old 06-03-2021, 02:35 PM
 
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Israel Finds Probable Link Between Pfizer Shot, Myocarditis

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...nd-myocarditis

Israel health officials have found a probable link between Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s coronavirus vaccine and dozens of cases of heart inflammation in young men following the second dose of the vaccine, the Health Ministry said late Tuesday.

According to a study by health officials, there were 275 cases of myocarditis identified between December 2020, when the vaccination drive began, and May 2021, including 148 cases within a month after vaccination. Of these, 27 cases occurred after the first dose and 121 following the second dose. In both cases, about half were in people with previous medical conditions.

Most of the cases occurred in young men, especially those between 16 and 19 years old. In most cases, patients were hospitalized for four days or less, and in 95% of the cases were classified as mild, the ministry said.

At this time, there’s still no indication that the cases are due to the vaccine, Pfizer said in a statement. Myocarditis is often caused by viral infections, and Covid infections have been reported to cause the condition, the U.S. drugmaker said. BioNTech said more than 300 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered globally and the “benefit risk profile” of the vaccine remains positive.

“A careful assessment of the reports is ongoing and it has not been concluded,” the company said. “Adverse events, including myocarditis and pericarditis, are being regularly and thoroughly reviewed by the companies as well as by regulatory authorities.”
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