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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.

State health officials confirm that CDC has sent kits to Florida, to test for deadly coronavirus

By: - February 14, 2020

The state Department of Health has confirmed that Florida is one of the select states issued kits to test people for the deadly coronavirus. Florida health officials told the Florida Phoenix on Friday that the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had sent the kits, though Florida has not had any confirmed cases […]

FL appears to be on a list for coronavirus test kits; UF students on alert

By: - February 13, 2020

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent coronavirus diagnostic test kits to select states – but officials would not confirm that Florida is on the list, though the Miami Herald has reported that the state did receive some testing kits. “I don’t have a detailed breakdown…the Florida Department of Health should have […]

Anti-vaping legislation stalls in Florida amid ongoing illnesses, deaths nationally

By: - February 12, 2020

As state and federal health officials continue investigations into lung injuries and diseases attached to e-cigarette use, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported a rising toll of vaping cases and deaths. As of Feb. 4, there had been 64 deaths in 28 states including Florida, the CDC said in a press release […]

As a California patient tests positive for coronavirus, Florida officials release few details regarding infections

By: - February 11, 2020

Another case of the potentially fatal coronavirus has been detected in San Diego, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed, increasing the number of U.S. cases to 13. Meanwhile, Florida hasn’t reported any cases, and state health officials remained silent about individuals being tested for the virus. “No cases of [coronavirus] have […]

FL officials still silent on potential coronavirus cases; U.S. Sen. Rick Scott weighs in on transparency

By: - February 10, 2020

As federal health officials release more updates on confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus in the United States, Florida health authorities have revamped their website to give more information to the public. However, the state agency has not been informing the public about potential cases in Florida, with officials concerned about a panic. Those potential […]

Patients should be of aware of treatments other than opioids, lawmakers say

By: - February 7, 2020

Trying to curtail the opioid epidemic, Florida lawmakers are pushing legislation to require healthcare providers to notify patients about non-opioid treatments for pain management. A bill in the state House is advancing, with lawmakers approving the legislation Thursday in the Health & Human Services Committee. The bill now heads to the full House for a […]

Why haven’t FL officials told the public that a patient was tested for coronavirus at a South FL hospital?

By: and - February 6, 2020

At Surgeon General Scott Rivkees’ confirmation hearing Tuesday, state senators asked the doctor about the deadly coronavirus that has spread to the United States from China. “Are we prepared and are you prepared for what could be a coronavirus outbreak in Florida?” State Sen. Janet Cruz, a Tampa Democrat, asked Rivkees. Rivkees, the state’s chief […]

FL Surgeon General confirmation: Tampa doctor questions Rivkees’ qualifications, considers him a “public health novice”

By: - February 5, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointed surgeon general of Florida, Scott Rivkees, faces questions over whether he is qualified to be the chief state health official in Florida. A Tampa doctor traveled to Tallahassee this week to tell lawmakers that Rivkees isn’t qualified in the key area of public health administration, despite his top medical credentials. Tazia […]

Assault weapons: Will FL lawmakers ban “the most lethal weapons in our society?”

By: - February 5, 2020

Prohibiting military-style assault weapons in Florida appears to be out of the picture this year, with advocates unable to get enough signatures to place a Constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot. Now, the advocacy groups are focusing their hopes on legislation in the Florida Legislature that would require background checks and other requirements for firearms […]

Two major airlines suspend USA-to-China flights as concerns continue over deadly coronavirus

By: - January 31, 2020

UPDATE: American Airlines has alerted travelers that flights are suspended through late April. Here is the alert from American Airlines’ website: The flying suspension relates to mainland China and Hong Kong: Flights between DFW/LAX and the mainland China are suspended through April 24. Flights between DFW and Hong Kong (HKG) are suspended through April 23. […]

Federal health officials identify first human-to-human transmission of the deadly coronavirus

By: - January 30, 2020

Health officials in the United States are monitoring the spread of a mysterious virus that first erupted in China and now has landed in Illinois, with a new case unlike the previous ones. During a press call on Thursday held by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, health officials confirmed the first human-to-human transmission […]

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Deadly China-borne coronavirus scares some Floridians; Miami International screening travelers

By: - January 29, 2020

A deadly and mysterious virus plaguing China has made its way to the United States, with five confirmed cases in the country but none in Florida so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, Florida has begun taking precautions, with Miami International Airport screening international travelers. And at a Palm Beach […]