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Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.

FL hospital systems are looking to expand in-home medical care, but will lawmakers go along?

By: - September 20, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an influx of sick patients, some overwhelmed hospitals in Florida have found innovative ways to deliver health services to residents’ homes and want to expand those efforts. Dr. Neil Finkler, chief clinical officer at AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, told state House lawmakers Monday that limited bed spaces are […]

Fed health panel rejects booster vaccines for people ages 16 and older; FL expert weighs in

By: - September 17, 2021

UPDATE from The Washington Post: “Expert advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend that the agency authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people 65 years and older or who are at risk for serious disease. The vote is not binding, and Peter Marks, the FDA official […]

New ad: FL Dems blast GOP lawmakers for ‘inherent hypocrisy’ when it comes to abortion rights

By: - September 16, 2021

Democratic lawmakers in Florida vow to fight for abortion access and block attempts to pass a law similar to Texas’ extreme measure, with the help of ads that blast GOP lawmakers for alleged “inherent hypocrisy” when it comes to people’s freedom to make decision about their health. This week, the Florida Democratic Party released a […]

Biden administration took control over distribution of monoclonal antibodies. Will this impact FL?

By: - September 15, 2021

In Florida’s state capital, the supply of monoclonal antibody therapy appears to be adequate to treat more COVID-19 patients, but shortages elsewhere could be cause for concern as demand rises for the treatments. For weeks now, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been traversing the state to tout the effectiveness of the therapy, and at least 25 […]

Following the Delta surge, FL lawmakers hear about the emerging Mu variant ‘not being responsive to the vaccine’

By: - September 14, 2021

More COVID-19 mutations are emerging globally including the so-called Mu variant, raising concerns from state lawmakers about whether the strain is resistant to current vaccines used to provide protection against the virus. The World Health Organization has designated the Mu variant as a “variant of interest” and cited that the mutation may potentially reduce vaccine […]

A bold move for a struggling FL council on Black males: A request for half million in funding

By: - September 14, 2021

A council created by the Florida Legislature to improve the lives of Black men and boys has been deterred by fundamental issues: Financial challenges and attendance concerns that stymie members from voting on important matters. The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys — created in 2006 — aims to pursue […]

FL has seen a downward trend in hospitalizations for COVID-19

By: - September 10, 2021

With Florida hospitals experiencing an influx of patients during the past month due to COVID-19 and the more contagious Delta variant, the state is now seeing a decline in hospitalizations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 12,651 inpatient beds in use for COVID-19 cases, a decrease from a previous report […]

Texas’ restrictive abortion law triggers demonstrations in FL; abortion advocates deliver petition to FL Senate President

By: - September 9, 2021

Following one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion laws enforced in Texas, advocates for women’s reproductive rights on Thursday warned state lawmakers that they are prepared to fight for abortion access in Florida, as Republicans are signaling to introduce a similar measure in the 2022 legislative session. The Texas law targets abortions at the point when […]

FL had been seeing a drop in COVID infections, but daily cases are still the highest in the U.S.

By: - September 8, 2021

Following a significant decline in daily COVID-19 cases in Florida over the past few days, federal health officials released data on Wednesday showing infections have increased to 13,774, up from 10,162. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the new infections in Florida as of Sept. 7, and data nationwide show that Florida’s […]

Vaccine incentives: FL venues offer gift cards, food vouchers; other states promote huge prizes

By: - September 2, 2021

On the COVID-19 vaccine front, states across the country promote giveaways, scholarships and large cash prizes to urge residents to get the shots. But Florida’s meager offerings can’t compare to other states. California, for example, gave away cash prizes of $50,000 to 15 residents in June, part of a cash prize drawing, according to the […]

Texas enforces restrictive abortion ban; FL advocates say it’s ‘part of a national agenda’

By: - September 1, 2021

With Texas successfully enforcing on Wednesday an anti-abortion law considered as one of the most restrictive in the nation, abortion rights advocates in Florida are warning that the Texas measure is connected to an overall attempt to block abortions for women nationwide. “The new Texas ban makes abortion everyone’s business but your own,” Laura Goodhue, […]

FL is set to boost the minimum wage to $10 an hour — ‘a dramatic difference’ for low-wage workers

By: - September 1, 2021

Later this month, Florida workers will see a significant bump to the state’s minimum wage, part of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2020 that gradually increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2026. The initiative means that employers will be required to pay workers a minimum of $10 per hour, beginning […]