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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.

Statewide alert: FL nursing homes limit visits; suggest text, Facetime, Skype; suspend large group activities

By: - March 6, 2020

With mounting fears over coronavirus’ threat to senior communities – including deaths at a Seattle-area nursing home — Florida nursing homes are under a statewide alert, restricting visitors and essentially telling loved ones: don’t come inside. Texting, Skype, FaceTime and other new technologies are better options. “We recognize visitors want to check in with their […]

Here’s how some Florida hospitals are preparing for a global epidemic — the coronavirus

By: - March 4, 2020

At Cleveland Clinic Florida, health care providers are practicing drills, performing exercises on mock patients and using protective garb – preparations for a potential coronavirus outbreak in Florida. The state already has at least three coronavirus cases of the respiratory disease that can be fatal, and Florida health officials expect more to come as the […]

Another young woman in Florida has tested positive for coronavirus

By: - March 3, 2020

Florida has reported a third case of coronavirus infection, this one in Hillsborough County, site of one of the two previously confirmed cases. The “presumptive positive” case was awaiting confirmation Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. That means a Florida public health laboratory test returned a positive result for […]

Florida coronavirus cases are now confirmed

By: - March 2, 2020

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed two reported cases of the deadly coronavirus in Florida, the first two cases emerging in the state. Alberto Moscoso, of the Florida Department of Health, told the Florida Phoenix that the two cases have switched from “presumptive positive” — a label used late Sunday evening […]

Florida will expand testing of deadly coronavirus; Gov. DeSantis anticipates more cases

By: and - March 2, 2020

Florida authorities say they are widely expanding testing of the deadly coronavirus after state health officials reported two cases over the weekend in west-central Florida. Those coronavirus cases had been labeled “presumptive positive” late Sunday evening, but by Monday were confirmed. At issue is that Florida has not done a great deal of testing, therefore […]

Gov. DeSantis tries to calm the public on coronavirus; Dems lash out about lack of transparency

By: - February 27, 2020

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters Thursday that the state is taking all precautions and working with local health departments to prepare for a potential coronavirus outbreak. But reporters at a news conference questioned DeSantis about why the Florida Department of Health has not been transparent. And Democratic lawmakers and others have continued to ask […]

FL schools, businesses bracing for nationwide outbreak of coronavirus

By: and - February 27, 2020

With fears of a nationwide outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States, Florida schools and universities are alerting students and families, holding press conferences and cancelling travel programs in response to a threat of the potentially deadly disease, known as COVID-19. “At this point, I’m not an alarmist,” said Alberto M. Carvalho, the superintendent […]

Higher education bill in FL threatens New College’s independence: ‘We have an identity we created.’

By: - February 25, 2020

Update: Following a lengthy debate over the merger of New College with the University of Florida on Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee voted, 17-11, to advance the bill. News about lawmakers attempting to merge New College of Florida with another public university came as a bombshell to Steven Keshishian, a third-year student. The last-minute merger […]

Florida's surgeon general

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees appears to be headed toward confirmation, following controversy

By: - February 19, 2020

It looks like Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees will be confirmed in this year’s legislative session, after favorable votes in three different committee hearings in the Senate. Now, he’ll soon face a full Senate vote on his confirmation. Rivkees is also head of the Florida Department of Health. Rivkees faced mounting criticism last year, delaying […]

Lawmakers concerned: FL Surgeon General won’t disclose suspected cases of the deadly coronavirus

By: - February 18, 2020

Amid concerns about what residents know and don’t know about the deadly coronavirus, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees appeared before a state Senate committee Tuesday and told lawmakers he can’t provide information about suspected cases of the global virus. “Are you saying [that] you cannot release information on persons being tested [for the coronavirus]?” asked […]

Health experts discuss transparency surrounding coronavirus; another patient tested in an Orlando hospital

By: - February 17, 2020

With a large population of seniors and a bustling tourism mecca, the Orlando health community is preparing for a potential coronavirus threat, and health officials want the public to know what’s going on. At a roundtable discussion on Monday, health experts and officials tackled issues surrounding transparency and discussed reliable sources available to the public, […]

Go on Facebook to watch Orlando health experts talk about coronavirus’ potential threat to FL

By: - February 17, 2020

Orlando-based doctors, university health officials and other health experts will join in a discussion today about a potential coronavirus threat in Florida. The event, hosted by U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, an Orlando Democrat, will be held at her Orlando congressional office at 1 p.m. Her staff said the public can view the roundtable discussion live […]