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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.

With COVID-19 spreading, FL social workers face limitations trying to help vulnerable families

By: - March 19, 2020

In high-poverty rural areas of Florida, the state’s most vulnerable families struggle to get by and often need assistance from social workers. But now that the coronavirus pandemic has caused a public health emergency in Florida, both public and private social workers are limited in what they can do to help. Candiace Williams is a […]

Civil rights organizations go back to court to extend vote-by-mail deadline

By: - March 18, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic dissuading some voters from going to the polls, a coalition of civil rights organizations is pushing for an extended deadline for those unable to vote in Tuesday’s presidential primary. “Tuesday’s election was fraught with confusion, misinformation, and fear,” according to a joint statement from the coalition. “The evidence so far is […]

COVID-19 cuts into Florida’s presidential primary turnout; some poll workers fail to show

By: - March 17, 2020

Voting in Florida’s presidential preference primary on Tuesday started off with sparse crowds and few polling workers at precincts around the state amid fears stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. In Broward County, with more than 1 million active registered voters and the most COVID-19 cases in the state, in-person voting was definitely slim. That very […]

Florida now has more than 100 coronavirus cases; residents have begun hoarding essentials

By: - March 15, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Florida have doubled to more than 100 in just two days, with infections rising more rapidly in South Florida, particularly in Broward County. As of early Sunday, The Florida Department of Health reported three dozen more Floridians who tested positive for coronavirus, which has caused four Florida resident deaths. Three more non-Florida […]

Florida's surgeon general

Tough road to confirmation: FL Senate finally okays Surgeon General Scott Rivkees

By: - March 13, 2020

The Florida Senate finally confirmed Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, overcoming controversies and concerns that the pediatric specialist and renowned medical researcher may not have advanced public health credentials for the tasks that lie ahead. The Senate vote Friday was 31-9. As Surgeon General and head of the Florida Department of Health, Rivkees will face […]

New FL resident coronavirus case in Miami-Dade; more details on cases in a growing number of counties

By: - March 13, 2020

The latest update on coronavirus cases in Florida: A 42-year-old Miami-Dade man who is isolated. This is a travel related case connected to exposure to an international traveler, according to the Florida Health Department, which reported the new case Friday. Late Thursday night, the department reported more than a dozen cases testing positive for the […]

New FL resident coronavirus cases, in Broward and Lee counties

By: - March 12, 2020

The latest update on coronavirus cases in Florida: A 57-year-old male in Lee County. The next case is a 65-year-old male in Broward. The third case is a 61-year-old male in Broward, which is travel-related. The other two are described as “under investigation,” according to the Florida Department of Health. The department has now reported […]

graduates

The iconic cap-and-gown college graduations this spring could be problematic. Will they take place?

By: - March 12, 2020

American lives are changing as the coronavirus rises to a pandemic crisis worldwide, causing empty airplanes, cancelled cruise ship trips and stock market volatility. Now comes higher education, where vast campuses, big dorms, college sporting events and iconic cap-and-gown commencement exercises can become targets of the coronavirus. The new virus has caused a respiratory disease […]

State universities announce temporary shift to online classes, amid coronavirus fears

By: - March 11, 2020

Students at schools within the State University System (SUS) will take off-campus online classes for at least two weeks as the deadly coronavirus pandemic stifles more activities throughout the state. After spring break, Florida State University students will begin the remote instruction, according to a university alert Wednesday. Florida A&M University, and the University of […]

Autonomy for nurse practitioners, finally

By: - March 11, 2020

A landmark bill for autonomy of nurse practitioners has been approved by the Florida Legislature during the 2020 session and now awaits Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature. Legislation authorizing nurse practitioners, sometimes referred to as advanced practice registered nurses, to practice independently of doctors passed on a 107-8 vote in the Florida House on Wednesday. The […]

New coronavirus FL resident cases in Collier, Nassau, Pasco, and Pinellas counties

By: - March 11, 2020

The latest update on coronavirus cases in Florida: According to the Florida Department of Health, there are eight new positive cases in various counties, involving patients now under isolation. These cases were reported through a press release and the department’s Twitter feed. As of the morning of March 11, there are a total of 28 […]

New coronavirus case, in Broward County

By: - March 10, 2020

The latest update on coronavirus cases in Florida: A 69-year-old female in Broward County is the latest to contract the China-born illness and is under isolation, according to the Florida Department of Health. The new case, reported early Tuesday, is connected to Metro Cruise Services, a company that operates at Port Everglades, state health officials […]