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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.

DeSantis press conference shut down; well-known Black activist handcuffed and escorted out

By: and - January 4, 2022

A Tuesday morning press conference hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis was disrupted after a group of at least seven individuals refused to leave the public health department building in Duval County and demanded to speak to the Republican governor. Ben Frazier, an activist and Black man, led the protest in Jacksonville, and was eventually forced […]

Private colleges pivot to remote learning but FL public universities won’t go virtual despite COVID

By: - January 4, 2022

In Florida, the private University of Miami announced last week that it will pivot to remote learning for the first two weeks of the spring semester, given the surge in COVID-19 cases. Elsewhere, several private colleges and universities such as Harvard, Howard, Stanford, Syracuse and Northwestern plan to resume classes in a virtual setting for […]

New state report: Delta remains most prevalent COVID-19 variant; No new omicron cases reported

By: - December 15, 2021

Florida health officials on Wednesday shared some details about the residents exposed to COVID-19 variants spreading throughout the state — such as gender, age and race — but the report didn’t include cases caused by the new omicron, a concerning variant that first emerged in South Africa. The Florida Phoenix had sent multiple public records […]

Floridians largely in the dark on omicron; state health officials say little about cases

By: - December 14, 2021

With county officials detecting omicron in more samples of wastewater in Central Florida, the state health department has yet to report any new COVID variant cases, even as county officials confirmed that omicron found in sewage water means that the virus is here. The new variant has now been found in wastewater in Orange County, […]

‘Testing sewage is the best way to find viruses’: More Floridians likely infected with omicron

By: - December 13, 2021

Though at least three omicron cases have been reported in Florida, more residents have likely been infected because the new variant has been detected in wastewater in Central Florida, a city manager said on Monday about its process for detecting viruses. The variant was recently confirmed in Altamonte Springs but through a process that conducts […]

New omicron variant found in at least 25 states; FL could see more cases soon

By: - December 10, 2021

With the omicron variant continuing to circulate in the United States, a University of South Florida virologist warns Floridians to be on guard for the spread of the variant throughout the state, even though only few case have been detected so far. A spokesperson from the Florida Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed two cases […]

Feds approve teens for booster shots; DeSantis warns that boosters could be mandated

By: - December 9, 2021

Federal health officials on Thursday authorized a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for teenagers, ages 16 and 17, as a safety measure to combat variants such as the new omicron that is circulating across the nation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the federal CDC has expanded the use of booster shots for […]

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 […]