The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. Together, we're gathering the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States.
The National Conference of State Legislatures brings you up-to-date, real-time information about bills related to and responding to COVID-19 that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Avi Schiffmann's website tracking coronavirus has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic. He's a 17-year-old high school junior from Mercer Island outside Seattle, who started the site in late December, when coronavirus had not yet been detected outside of China. Now the site has been visited by tens of millions, from every country on Earth. It tracks deaths, numbers of cases locally and globally, and provides an interactive map, information on the disease, and a Twitter feed. The resource updates every minute or so, and pulls information from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and elsewhere.
A Sarasota-specific call center for questions and concerns about COVID-19 is now available through the Department of Health in Sarasota County
941-861-2873. Subject matter experts are available Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
PUBLIX VACCINE DISTRIBUTION:
Publix will resume vaccination appointment scheduling on Wednesday, Feb 24. This follows last week’s announcement that vaccine appointment scheduling would be halted due to shipping delays caused by severe weather across the country. Those with second dose appointments have not been affected by the shipping delay. Publix’s online reservation system will likely open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, however, appointment availability across counties is subject to change. Information on getting a vaccine from Publix can be found at www.publix.com/covid-vaccine.
CITY OF SARASOTA DISTRIBUTION:
Mayor Hagen Brody announced on Tuesday that the city of Sarasota will hold a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall this weekend. 4000 vaccine doses will be supplied by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. The doses going to Sarasota and Manatee Counties this week will help restart vaccine rollout after winter storms disrupted distribution. The county has started contacting people to set up appointments for vaccination clinics on Monday and Tuesday of next week at Bennett Park. Both counties will also hold second-dose clinics this week to finish vaccinating those who received their first shot a month ago. For more vaccine information visit www.scgov.net
Below are two podcasted stories that outline Florida's distribution plan and explain the science and speedy approval of the vaccines.
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Test will take place 7 days per week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or until capacity is reached.
Click here for information about the type of testing available at this location.
A state-run drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is available at 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota 34234. The site was created through a partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida National Guard, Nomi Health and Sarasota County. All ages can be tested regardless of symptoms. No appointment or prescription necessary. Testing is free. The site offers rapid antigen and PCR testing.
Testing at this site is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, or until capacity is reached.
COVID 19 RESOURCES -- NEW as of 12/23/20
Food for Kids
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried activated a text line and call center to find free meals for kids during the school closures. Text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 to find the closest participating Summer BreakSpot location with meals available. Residents can also call 2-1-1 to speak with a live operator for additional information. https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com
Hoopla, Hooray! Sarasota County Libraries has temporarily increased all Hoopla checkouts to 10! Get instant access to all your favorite movies, shows, music, books and audiobooks!
The Critical Times team is committed to coming together in this time of stress and anxiety, as it is clear that one of the most important things we can do as a community is take care of each other. Across the country, and the world, we have seen what is possible when we come together to share resources, knowledge, and creativity. Our job is to keep our community informed of critical news developments, and that is what we will continue to do. Below are some community-centered resources, compiled by the Urbana-Champaign Indy Media Center.
Additional suggestions to stay connected and engaged can be found in Pandemic Preparation and Positive Steps to Take, which is also long, leading with a lot of COVID-19 info. Towards the bottom, look for this list, which will provide details under each heading:
What should I do if I have symptoms or have been exposed?
According to the Florida Department of Health, a person who is tested will have three specimens taken: oral, nasal, and saliva. The samples will be given to the county health department, who will then either ship or deliver them to the closest state laboratory. If a specimen is tested positive, it will be identified as ‘presumptive positive’ until the result is confirmed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For more information on COVID-19 testing see CDC Tests for COVID-19.