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About 200 Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies along with officers from Clearwater, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs police departments spent the morning of March 26 posting notices on local businesses informing them of new rules imposed by the County Commission in its fight to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Pinellas County commissioners gave unanimous approval March 25 to a resolution they’re calling safer at home, which is intended to send a strong message about the need to take action to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Safer at home does not completely shut down the county’s businesses, but it does require them all to be able to maintain social distancing and other protective measures.

The coronavirus is causing severe headaches for nonprofit organizations because of the cancellation of activities large and small, and community leaders and government officials are looking for ways to help out.

The Department of Health Pinellas County has confirmed what had been reported by the state as the first death attributed to the coronavirus in Pinellas was a mistake. The number of cases, however, has increased to 41, which is one more than the number reported Monday morning.

CLEARWATER — Forward Pinellas announced the latest recipients in its Complete Streets grant program March 11. The program is designed to support redevelopment and economic opportunity by making roadways safer and more accessible.

The number of people with coronavirus in Pinellas County has grown to 27, according to the Florida Department of Health’s report released at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21. That’s five more than was reported on Friday night.

Pinellas County’s beaches were pretty empty on the first day of a more than two-week closure that started Saturday, March 21. “Overall we’ve had great compliance,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. “Things are going very well.”

The Florida Department of Health reported only one additional case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pinellas County when it released the latest numbers at 6 p.m. March 20, bringing the new total to 22.

The latest numbers released by the Florida Department of Health at 6 p.m. March 19 shows that the number of cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pinellas County is at 16 — that’s two more than reported at 11 a.m.

The League of Women Voters has a lot to celebrate this year. Not only are local chapters honoring the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment being passed, giving women the right to vote, but it’s also been 100 years since the organization’s inception on a national level.

A coronavirus outbreak didn’t stop the people of Florida from exercising their right to vote during the presidential preference elections March 17. Pinellas County residents also voted by mail and at the polls in 12 municipal elections.

Following the state’s guidance, all bars, pubs and nightclubs will be closed for 30 days. Restaurants can continue to operate at 50% capacity, but no groups of more than 10 are allowed and customers groups must be seated 6 feet apart. The county’s beaches will remain open.

Pinellas County now has four confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to an announcement from the Florida Department of Health on Monday afternoon. All are male, ages 58-67. Two of the four are travel-related cases, meaning there is a known history of exposure to COVID-19 outside the state. The DOH provided no information about the other two.

Florida’s state universities, including the University of South Florida, Eckerd College and St. Petersburg College are making plans to move to remote course instruction due to the coronavirus outbreak. Pinellas County Schools plans to continue to hold regular classes after students return fr…

The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on community events throughout Pinellas County. In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, cities, towns and groups have canceled numerous events through March and beyond. 

Pinellas County’s registered voters have until 7 p.m. March 17 to make their choices known in the 2020 presidential preference primary. In addition, voters from 12 municipalities are picking their future leaders and some are being asked to approve charter amendments.

The Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday night that eight new positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) had been confirmed in the state, including two in Pinellas County. Both are males. One is age 67 and the other is 64. The cases are travel related. The men are isolated and will continue to be isolated until cleared by public health officials.

The Supervisor of Elections office is busy these days. Republicans and Democrats are already making their choices in the 2020 presidential preference primary. Registered voters from 12 municipalities are deciding who will be their future leaders and some are being asked to approve charter am…