Maureen McQuade and Diana Hammond were hard to miss on their recent walk near their neighborhood. The Harmeswood of Belle Aire residents enjoyed walking together while holding 10 feet of caution tape between them. “We used the tape to make sure we keep that distance,” McQuade said. “We thoug…

At midnight tonight, Florida will enter a 30-day stay-at-home order for the state, a requirement from Gov. Ron DeSantis that its nearly 21 million residents stay at home unless they are pursuing essential services or activities.

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Though Bev Spangler has told members of the Fenney Rockers not to leave painted rocks around for the time being, she has continued painting and asked members to check in on each other through phone calls or emails. The group usually gets together to paint rocks with feel-good messages or pic…

Social distancing in The Villages appears to be paying off, new testing evidence suggests. The results of 2,280 people tested for COVID-19 at a drive-thru site in The Villages last week show no evidence of significant community spread, UF Health announced today — a finding that officials att…

When Penny Wilcox was told the threat of COVID-19 would keep her out of the Cornerstone Hospice kitchen for a time, she got mad. Then, she took action. “It broke my heart when they said we were not allowed in there indefinitely,” said Wilcox, a hospice volunteer since moving to The Villages …

Only eight out of more than 1,000 people tested at UFHealth testing site in The Villages have the coronavirus, results of the first days of testing show. All positive cases — one in Lake County, one in Marion County and six in Sumter County — were found among the 420 symptomatic people who w…

The Isle of Palms Coconuts Social Club brought live music back into the lives of their neighbors. At the group’s “end-of-driveway party,” which it hosted Tuesday in lieu of its regular driveway parties, club Vice President Jim Peterson, friend Paul McNeill and their wives marched through the…

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Although it’s critical to keep your distance physically, it’s more important than ever to stay socially connected. In an era of uprooting routines to prevent the spread of coronavirus, people can keep their minds and bodies healthy by staying connected with loved ones, exercising and eating …

Curbside service isn’t just for dinner anymore. From home goods to hair product to paint to art décor, retailers in The Villages have increasingly turned to the act of loading goods into customers’ cars — or golf carts — as a way to keep business moving amid restrictions in place to deal wit…

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that he doesn’t yet want to order Floridians to stay home as several other states have done, favoring social distancing to stem coronavirus infections without causing unnecessary financial hardship or creating unintended consequences such as people fleeing the s…

Susana Canon plays multiple instruments, but on Thursday she chose a guitar and a cigar-box ukulele. Canon, of the Village of Silver Lake, and Steve McKinney, of Summerfield, plopped down at one of the tables in the breezeway by Kilwins in Spanish Springs on Thursday evening to entertain pas…

 University of Florida Health is teaming up with The Villages Health and state health and emergency management officials to bring drive-thru virus testing to the region Monday.

The Rev. Janet Onnie leans toward the microphone to greet her congregation, as she does almost every week, but this time things are a bit different.

Colleen Maynard squeezed juice from fresh oranges and lemons before gathering the remaining lemon peels for her dinner — Greek chicken she would make from items she got at a local food pantry. Maynard, of Leesburg, can’t work, so she visits Beyond the Walls food pantry in Fruitland Park ever…

COVID-19 may have canceled school for weeks or months across the Sunshine State, but The Villages Charter School is using its technological edge to get kids back in the classroom next week. The Sumter County School District is one of only four in Florida ready for remote, online learning. Fo…

Kim Bosques wasn’t going to let virus fears deter her from voting on Election Day.

A Lake County woman is the first patient with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the tri-county area, the Florida Department of Health announced Monday. It was one of 19 new Florida cases announced by the department on Monday, which did not provide any further information regarding the patients…