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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 health department refuses to provide more details related to omicron cases; officials earlier provided info and data

By: - December 8, 2021

With confirmed cases of the new omicron variant in Florida, the state health department on Wednesday declined to release details about cases, such as gender, age or information connected to travel history. Earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Department of Health created lengthy reports that were made available to the public with details about […]

FL is far behind other states when it comes to starting pay for correctional officers

By: - December 8, 2021

Some correctional officers in the state’s prison system will get a boost in pay beginning next year, plus other incentives to attract new applicants. But Florida has more to do to pump up salaries for new and veteran correctional officers, nationwide data show. Gov. Ron DeSantis touted the measures in mid-November — part of an […]

FL House Dems push to address affordable housing, foreclosures in 2022-23 budget

By: - December 7, 2021

Florida’s state budget for 2022-23 should address an ongoing housing crisis including high costs for rent and mortgage as well as an uptick in foreclosure filings, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith told his Democratic members of the Florida House on Tuesday. Specifically, in Central Florida, properties with foreclosures have increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said Smith, a […]

FL health officials offer guidance on COVID booster shots, with omicron variant spanning at least 17 states in the U.S.

By: - December 6, 2021

With the new omicron variant continuing to spread throughout the nation, Florida health officials are offering guidance for COVID-19 booster shots for Floridians 18 and older. President Joe Biden and federal health officials have been advocating boosters, with omicron circulating in the United States. As of Monday afternoon, the Florida Department of Health hasn’t reported […]

At least a half dozen states confirm new omicron variant; FL so far has not reported cases

By: - December 3, 2021

The omicron variant continues to spread through the United States, with at least six states confirming cases of the new variant that first emerged in South Africa, according to federal health officials and state health departments. They are: California, Minnesota, New York, Hawaii, Colorado, and Nebraska. On Friday, the Nebraska health department became the latest […]

Second case of omicron variant detected in U.S.: Minnesota man attended convention in NYC

By: - December 2, 2021

A day after federal health officials confirmed the first case of the omicron variant in the United States, a resident of Minnesota who had recently traveled to New York City tested positive for the new variant, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC announced in an email Thursday that “the […]

Omicron is here in the United States: CDC confirms first case in California

By: - December 1, 2021

The first U.S. case of the new omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, has been identified in California, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed in an email Wednesday afternoon. Federal officials were expecting the variant, known as B.1.1.529, to eventually emerge in the country and California has become the first state […]

Transparency? Feds would update public about any omicron cases — not FL’s state health department

By: - December 1, 2021

On New Year’s Eve about a year ago, the Florida Department of Health informed the public about a troubling new COVID-19 variant through a tweet, announcing that the United Kingdom variant had been detected in Florida. But about a year later, the state health department appears to be shifting from updating the public about any […]

FL to monitor data on vaccine effectiveness as new omicron variant spreads globally

By: - November 30, 2021

With fears mounting over the new omicron variant, Florida officials plan to monitor data on vaccine effectiveness and monoclonal antibody treatments against the new variant, according to a spokeswoman from the DeSantis administration. During a news conference yesterday, Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t appear to announce any plans to combat the variant if cases arise in […]

Gov. DeSantis adamant against lockdowns as fears emerge over potential omicron variant in U.S.

By: - November 29, 2021

A new COVID-19 variant called omicron that emerged in South Africa has some state officials already bracing for potential cases if the variant of concern is detected in the United States. But Gov. Ron DeSantis is adamant: Lockdowns are “not going to happen in the state of Florida, you can take that to the bank.” […]

FL House has yet to take action on ‘vile’ social media posts from a lawmaker

By: - November 22, 2021

In mid-August, an official complaint was filed in the Florida House of Representatives against a Republican lawmaker, for “hateful” and “atrocious” social media comments directed to Palestinians and Muslims. Civil rights advocates filing the complaint say the House’ Public Integrity and Elections Committee still hasn’t addressed the issue involving state Rep. Randy Fine, a Republican […]

Health advocates say Biden’s health plan could benefit ‘hundreds of thousands of people in the Sunshine State’

By: - November 19, 2021

With the U.S. House approving a bill Friday that includes expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income people, health care advocates are praising the provision that could help close health coverage gaps for hundreds of thousands of Floridians. President Joe Biden’s so-called Build Back Better plan addresses Medicaid coverage gaps in non-expansion states, such as Florida, […]