MASK MANDATE STILL IN PLACE; YOUTH SPORTS CAN USE COUNTY GROUNDS

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No changes will be made just yet to a county ordinance mandating people to don a mask when entering restaurants, grocery stores and businesses. Monroe County commissioners kicked...

COUNTY COVID NUMBERS RISE, HEALTH OFFICER SAYS ‘WEAR THE DAMN MASK’

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T here’s a spark of concern among Keys leaders over recent COVID-19 numbers, which show more than 50 new cases reported locally over the weekend.  A countywide call among...

Keys schools unveil new dashboard to count COVID-19 cases

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The Monroe County School District quietly released a COVID-19 dashboard on Sept. 25. The dashboard had been in development before the Keys Weekly published a plea for...

An update on the COVID-19 situation at schools

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The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County has identified a number of staff and students at two schools in the Middle Keys and one school in...

Restaurants can fully operate, per governor’s Phase 3 reopening announcement

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Flanked by restaurateurs, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he’d be signing an order immediately allowing restaurants to operate at a minimum capacity of 50%, regardless...

Stanley Switlik Elementary is welcoming students back

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Last week, Kindergarten and first-grade students returned on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it was second and third grades. On Thursday and Friday, respectively, the fourth and fifth-grade students...

Bars in the state can reopen Sept. 14, governor says

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Bars throughout the state of Florida will be able to welcome back patrons next week, per the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Florida Department of...

Congresswoman announces grant for mental health treatment in Monroe County

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A federal grant is going to support continued mental and substance use disorder treatment, crisis counseling and other supportive care to those in the Keys impacted by...

Four COVID-19 deaths reported in Monroe County in last week

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Three deaths linked to COVID-19 were reported to the Florida Health Department in Monroe County on Sept. 7, and one more on Sept. 9...

Florida Keys restaurants return to regular hours; Bars remain closed by state order

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Florida Keys lawmakers voted Tuesday evening to allow restaurants to resume their normal hours of operation and allow a COVID-related 11 p.m. curfew lapse. The curfew had forced...