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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.

Parents of disabled children: ‘We need action right now’ on mask mandates

By: - August 23, 2021

Two Florida parents who filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates in public schools argued Monday that the governor’s mask-optional policies put their kids, who have serious medical conditions already, at greater risk from COVID-19. Plaintiffs’ attorney Matthew Dietz said during a Zoom news conference that “schools are obligated to […]

Doctors, hospitals warn young people about the Delta variant threat

By: - August 20, 2021

Aiming to push for more people to get COVID-19 vaccines, an Orlando doctor is warning the younger population that they could face chronic health problems if infected with the coronavirus. Dr. Sanjay Pattani, an emergency physician with AdventHealth Orlando, says in a public service announcement released this week, titled “After Effects,” that the vaccines may […]

AARP urges Florida’s nursing homes to require COVID vaccines for staff, residents

By: - August 18, 2021

With vaccination rates abysmal among staff at nursing homes and COVID-19 cases on the rise at the facilities, the AARP is calling for vaccine mandates for everyone living or working inside the homes. Florida ranks second worst in the nation in its vaccine rate for staff, according to a report by the seniors-advocacy group. The […]

FL public school names still commemorate the ‘Lost Cause,’ but that’s changing

By: - August 18, 2021

In Miami, what was known as Robert E. Lee Middle School is now Jose De Diego Middle School — the Confederate general’s name ripped away and replaced in honor of a hero of Puerto Rican independence. In Jacksonville, Stonewall Jackson Elementary School is now Hidden Oaks Elementary, following protests against the old name by community […]

New survey: Some FL parents remain hesitant to get their kids vaccinated

By: - August 16, 2021

Parents across the nation who have yet to get their children COVID-19 vaccines cited reasons including potential side effects, lack of research on vaccines for children, and lack of concern about the new coronavirus, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Two parents in Florida were among many surveyed who said their children […]

Despite rising COVID cases, FL public college students will be back on campuses this fall

By: - August 16, 2021

With the fall 2021-22 semester opening soon in Florida, many public college students will be returning to in-person classrooms at normal capacity, regardless of vaccine status, mask preferences and the dogged COVID pandemic. That generally means no mandates, unlike what’s happening at hundreds of college campuses across the nation that are requiring students to be […]

Nikki Fried: White House has Florida’s back against DeSantis’ schools masks policies

By: - August 11, 2021

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Nikki Fried vowed Wednesday to leverage her relationship with the White House to protect local school districts facing punishment for going against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates for children. Fried, the only statewide-elected Democrat and 2022 gubernatorial candidate, criticized DeSantis during a news conference for threatening to […]

FL lawmakers, advocates urge residents to sign up for Obamacare soon

By: - August 10, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to pose a threat, state lawmakers and nonprofit leaders on Tuesday underscored the importance of Floridians to take advantage of the extended enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act under the Biden administration. The deadline for people to enroll through the extension is August 15, part of the Biden administration’s […]

ICU beds filling up in FL hospitals with unvaccinated patients, registered nurse says

By: - August 9, 2021

Registered nurse Kelly Fields works the night shift at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Two months ago, her hospital didn’t have any COVID patients in ICU, Fields told the Florida Phoenix. But just last week, her “16-bed ICU now has eight COVID patients,” she said in an email through the National Nurses United, a nationwide union […]

Gov. DeSantis touts high vaccine rates among seniors in FL but many other states have higher rates

By: - August 6, 2021

As he makes the rounds of news conferences, Gov. Ron DeSantis has touted that his campaign prioritizing seniors first for COVID-19 vaccines has saved people’s lives. That said, Florida falls behind many other states when it comes to vaccine rates for seniors 65 and older, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control […]

Nursing shortage complicates FL’s response to COVID, hospital chief warns

By: - August 4, 2021

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida hospitals face a shortage of nurses as those professionals take jobs in other states for higher pay, a hospital executive warned Wednesday. A nurse staffing shortage poses a major threat to the health care system in Florida, said Carlos Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health System in Miami. Migoya addressed the […]

Statewide survey: Most Floridians want more protection for the environment and more money to protect endangered species

By: - August 3, 2021

With Florida’s population rising over a decade, most residents surveyed believe the state should do more to protect the environment from population growth and development, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of South Florida. About 64 percent of the respondents felt that way, according to a sample of 600 Floridians questioned  in […]