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What you need to know in Sarasota-Manatee, Monday, July 13 – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Catch up on today’s latest news in Sarasota-Manatee and across the state.

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We will update this story throughout the day with the latest news from around the area, as well as updates about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects in Sarasota-Manatee and across Florida.
TODAY IS MONDAY
As of Monday, 282,435 people in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19, and there have been 4,277 deaths. You can also track coronavirus cases by ZIP code in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
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4:11 p.m.: Sarasota School Board’s thoughts on superintendent candidates
The Sarasota School Board will select the district’s next superintendent on Tuesday.
3:56 p.m.: Sarasota daredevils Bello and Annaliese Nock on ‘America’s Got Talent’ return
A father-and-daughter daredevil duo who live in Sarasota and perform internationally, including on “America’s Got Talent,” will return to the NBC competition show on Tuesday.
3:20 p.m.: Critic and Music Mondays leader Edward Alley dies at 85
Edward Alley, the musician and conductor who became actively involved in the Sarasota arts scene as a music critic, board member and host of the popular Music Mondays program for the Sarasota Institute for Lifetime Learning, died Monday at 85.
2:42 p.m.: Braves to hold opening weekend celebration concert at CoolToday Park
As Major League Baseball gets ready to kick off an amended version of its 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Atlanta Braves plan to celebrate at their Sarasota County spring training stadium.
2:37 p.m.: After smashing coronavirus record, Florida’s day after also bleak
Florida added another 12,624 coronavirus cases Monday, with the state’s second highest 24-hour toll coming only a day after a record-smashing 15,300 cases were reported.
1:47 p.m.: Mote releases mammoth loggerhead with satellite tracker
Mote Marine Laboratory biologists are hoping a satellite tags will provide more details about about what male sea turtles do in the ocean.
12:26 p.m.: Record COVID-19 hospitalizations at Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Sarasota Memorial Hospital has again broken a record for COVID-19 patients.
12:01 p.m.: Sarasota-Bradenton passenger traffic increases in June
June was Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport’s busiest full month since COVID-19 started, but passenger traffic was still down 64% compared to the same month in 2019.
11:41 a.m.: Here’s where money for Sarasota city elections is coming from
A Herald-Tribune analysis of campaign finance records shows how well Sarasota City Commission candidates are courting donors during the global health crisis.
11:21 a.m.: 12,624 new COVID-19 cases in Florida on Monday
The Florida Department of Health announced 12,624 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday, a decline after Sunday’s record of 15,300.
11:21 a.m.: Finalists named for Sarasota Chamber’s Berlin Small Business awards
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has named the finalists for the 2020 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards.
10:46 a.m.: Drive-thru COVID-19 tests offered in Venice
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota is scheduling appointment only COVID-19 tests, from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Thursday at the Venice Community Center.
6:44 a.m.: Anderson: No coronavirus cure, only federal charges
The miracle cure was manufactured in a backyard shed, strong enough to kill, suspicious enough to question.
6:30 a.m.: AltMed’s virus-proof growth market
Two weeks ago, a mile or so off Interstate 75 in Lakewood Ranch, AltMed opened the doors of its 23rd Florida dispensary, its 11th this year. Its aggressive expansion mirrors the state’s burgeoning medical cannabis patient database.
6:30 a.m.: Pandemic boosts telehealth into widespread use
A few months ago, when news was breaking about the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, Dr. Stephen Nicholas recognized the threat. He huddled with colleagues and devised a plan to start providing telehealth to some patients. The advantages of “virtual visits,” like seeing the doctor online through Zoom or FaceTime, are many, starting with the convenience of being able to stay home.
6:15 a.m.: Low key celebration for 100-year-old Sarasota veteran
Today, Ralph Franklin will take a rare (these days) excursion away from his residence at The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch to celebrate his 100th birthday. He was one of the Marines in the first wave of the Bougainville invasion in World War II.
6:14 a.m. Bank of America closes Southwest Florida branches over virus concerns
The largest bank in Southwest Florida temporarily closed 32 of its local offices last week due to coronavirus concerns.
1:00 a.m.: North Port to discuss city manager’s annual review
For the second consecutive year, North Port City Manager Peter Lear graded out as “highly effective” or better on his annual evaluation from four of the five city commissioners, all of whom will discuss his job performance at their regular meeting Tuesday morning.
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YESTERDAY’S TOP STORIES
Florida smashes COVID-19 record
Florida logged 15,300 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the biggest daily gain any state has recorded.
At Lido, a mostly maskless crowd
Nearly two weeks after the city of Sarasota passed a face mask ordinance that exempted their use outdoors where social distancing is possible, beachgoers on Sunday seemed to agree: The beach is no place for masks.
Sarasota-Manatee tourism will continue to shift
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a different picture of tourism than what Sarasota-Manatee is used to seeing. Travel restrictions forbid tourists from crucial out-of-state markets from crossing into Florida unless their travel is considered “essential.”
Venice council to discuss merits of masks on Tuesday
The Venice City Council on Tuesday morning will discuss the pros and cons of instituting a mask ordinance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Venice Farmers Market reopens
The Venice Farmers Market opened for business on Venice Avenue with a slightly different layout that accommodated for social distancing.
SEIDMAN: Pandemic increases need for legal aid
According to national data, while 71% of low-income Americans experience a civil legal problem in any given year, 86% receive either minimal or no legal help to deal with it.
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Signature brain activity in infants predicts ASD symptoms – News-Medical.Net

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is rarely diagnosed until symptoms arise, often well into childhood. Evidence however, is mounting that developmental abnormalities likely emerge in the brain long before then: early identification of babies at risk for ASD coul…

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is rarely diagnosed until symptoms arise, often well into childhood. Evidence however, is mounting that developmental abnormalities likely emerge in the brain long before then: early identification of babies at risk for ASD could allow for interventions that would improve their developmental outcomes.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have found evidence of signature brain activity in infants that predicted ASD symptoms later at 18 months o…

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Trump roasted over weird WWII Spanish flu claim – CQ News

US President Donald Trump has been mocked online over a weird gaffe he committed during today’s White House media briefing.

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US President Donald Trump has been roasted online for a weird gaffe he committed during today’s White House media briefing.
It came during a bungled attempt to compare the current coronavirus pandemic to the horrors wrought by the Spanish flu in 1918.
“The closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing, where they lost anywhere from 50-100 million people. Probably ended the Second World War. All the soldiers were sick,” Mr Trump said.
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Sonoma County’s death toll from coronavirus reaches 50 – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Meanwhile, a fifth area nursing home reported at least one resident has died from the virus.

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Sonoma County health officials late Monday night reported three more virus-related fatalities, to bring the area COVID-19 death toll during the pandemic that began in March to 50 victims.
Each of the three latest casualties was over 65 and had underlying medical conditions, while two of them were residents of skilled nursing centers, officials said. And after a weekend of 239 new infections, the county reported 83 additional cases, boosting the overall coronavirus case tally over 3,750 countywi…

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