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LARGO — During a Sept. 16 discussion on the best use of American Rescue Plan funds, Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton asked commissioners if they would consider spending up to $4 million to incentivize employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Florida and the positivity rate continues to go down; however, reported deaths are increasing every week. And the transmission rate is still high.

Pinellas County has named Chris Rose as its new Office of Management and Budget director and Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Ph.D., has been named as new director of Economic Development.

The Pinellas County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is expanding its eligibility criteria and streamlining application processing to help more renters who have faced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CLEARWATER — The annual charity softball game between the Clearwater and Largo police departments is usually all about having fun for a good cause, as the opposing officers have squared off in a friendly ballfield battle to benefit Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities each spring for nearly 2…

Despite growing numbers of COVID-19 cases throughout the state and county, the economic recovery still seems to be faring well. In July, Pinellas County’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.4% compared to 4.9% in June, which was much improved over the rate of 10.1% reported …

Florida Department of Health reported yet another week of record-breaking numbers of new COVID-19 numbers, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the state’s transmission rate remains high.

The entire state of Florida was in the forecast cone of Tropical Storm Fred on Wednesday. National Weather is forecasting tropical storm conditions for Pinellas County on Saturday night and Sunday.

Pinellas County’s unemployment rate for June increased to 4.9%, up from 4.3% in May, according to a report released July 16 from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Still the rate was a marked improvement from June 2020 with 10.3%.

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