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  • Publix continues to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments online.
  • Once a muscle car museum, the 60,000 square foot space that was home to hundreds of historic cars in Punta Gorda will be emptied by eager bidders at a General Motors-centric auto auction.
  • State health officials reported 11,615 COVID-19 cases, Wednesday, for a total of 1,601,011 infections.The Florida Department of Health also reported 142 coronavirus-related deaths, Jan. 20, increasing the statewide death toll to 24,965 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.
  • Sarasota County's new COVID-19 vaccine appointment registration system is set to launch at noon on Wednesday, Jan 20.The new system will assign appointments on a first come, first served basis and unlike the previous system, it allows people to sign up via telephone as well as online.
  • Florida's partnership with the Publix grocery store chain to administer COVID-19 vaccine doses is now expanding into Lee and Charlotte Counties.Beginning Thursday, Jan. 21, 32 Publix pharmacies throughout Lee County will begin offering vaccine doses to eligible people 65 and older, frontline medical workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.Seven Publix locations in Charlotte County are also set to begin administering vaccine doses on Thursday. 16 Publix pharmacies in Collier County joined the vaccine rollout effort last week.
  • An elderly Polish man living in Southwest Florida faced homelessness when his trailer park sold, but thanks to a community of expats and caring people, the piano player named Ziggy has a new place to call his own.
  • State health officials reported 7,884 COVID-19 cases, Monday, for a total of 1,579,281 infections.The Florida Department of Health also reported 137 coronavirus-related deaths, Monday, increasing the statewide death toll to 24,657 fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Two gallery shows feature the work of photojournalist Kinfay Moroti.
  • State health officials reported 13,900 new COVID-19 cases, Wednesday for a total of 1,517,472 infections. The Florida Department of Health also reported 169 coronavirus-related deaths, Jan. 13, increasing the statewide death toll to 23,759 fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello died suddenly today/Wednesday from an unexpected medical incident.