The race toward a vaccine for COVID-19 continues as multiple clinical trials are in the end stages of testing. While the wait for that vaccine continues, experts are urging people to get vaccinated for another infectious disease: influenza. While there have been questions about whether the f…

1. The word “pumpkin” showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella. A French explorer in 1584 first called them “gros melons,” which was translated into English as “pompions,” according to history. It wasn’t until the 17th century that they were first referred to as pumpkins.

BARCELONA, Spain — Buckling under the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe, the Spanish government on Sunday declared a national state of emergency that includes an overnight curfew in hopes of not repeating the near collapse of the country’s hospitals.

ROME (AP) — Italy’s leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors.

The daily COVID-19 case count only tells part of the story, as looking at the raw numbers alone won’t give a complete picture. That was evident with the release of Sunday’s numbers by the Florida Department of Health, which showed an increase of roughly 2,400, which is far fewer than the two…

O'FALLON, Mo. — With the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization rising at alarming levels, Missouri and perhaps a handful of other states are unable to post accurate data on COVID-19 dashboards because of a flaw in the federal reporting system.

SEBRING — The Florida Department of Health’s Saturday report shows Highlands County has added 15 new cases of coronavirus. Despite being one more case than Friday, Saturday’s positivity rate is a little bit better than Friday’s 8.14%.

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SEBRING — Highlands County has added 14 new cases, including non-residents on Friday’s Florida Department of Health’s daily report. The new cases have brought the county’s overall cases to 2,513.

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LAKE PLACID — For over 50 years, residents and tourists alike flock to DeVane Park to take in the sights and sounds of the Lake Placid Arts & Crafts Fair every February. This year’s event, like so many other events, has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — People infected with the coronavirus pack into cold basements along with the healthy to hide from artillery fire in Nagorno-Karabakh, while doctors who have tested positive do surgery on those wounded in the shelling. These are the grim realities of the p…

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SEBRING — The COVID-19 numbers are up locally and statewide with Highlands County having six more deaths and 21 additional cases and Florida adding 5,557 cases in the latest daily update from the Florida Department of Health.

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SEBRING — There were eight new cases of COVID-19 in Highlands County added in the Wednesday afternoon report from the Florida Department of Health, bringing the total of positive cases in the county to 2,478. Sadly, the county added another two deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in …

SEBRING — After a day of having no new cases of coronavirus infections on Monday, Highlands County added 27 cases to the daily report on Tuesday. The new cases of infections brought the new total of infections to 2,470, including the 12 non-resident cases, per the Florida Department of Healt…

NEW YORK (AP) — After entire nations were shut down during the first surge of the coronavirus earlier this year, some countries and U.S. states are trying more targeted measures as cases rise again around the world, especially in Europe and the Americas.

LONDON (AP) — Wales on Monday became the second nation in the United Kingdom to lock down large swathes of its economy to combat rising coronavirus infections, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is resisting loud calls to do the same throughout England.

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SEBRING — For the first time in many weeks Highlands County had no new COVID-19 cases in the daily update from the Florida Department of Health.

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SEBRING — The Boy Scouts of America’s regional Greater Tampa Bay Area Council will honor local sheriff’s offices with Participating Citizenship Awards in a series of virtual events from Oct. 26-28.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida and the nation saw upticks last week in first-time unemployment claims as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pummel the economy, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

JOTOLCHEN, Mexico (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the future of a generation of the world’s children, depriving them of schooling and sending them to work. Across the developing world, two decades of gains against child labor are eroding.

AVON PARK—The City of Charm now has a marijuana dispensary, the first dispensary in Highlands County. One Plant Florida (One Plant for short) opened its doors Thursday at 299 U.S. 27 S. in the old Wells Fargo building.

LAKE PLACID – Councilman Greg Sapp asked that public use of the town’s facilities during the pandemic be placed on this week’s agenda for discussion during the regular Town Council meeting. Previously, Town Council members gave Town Administrator Phil Williams discretion as to who/when to re…

MILAN (AP) — Italy has two weeks to stop the rising rate of transmission of coronavirus or it risks “following in the footsteps” of European neighbors where exponential spreads have ushered back harsh restrictions, a virologist on the front lines says.

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