COVID-19

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 […]

Amid virus fears, U.S. airlines shrink flights, waive change fees

BY: - March 3, 2020

The three largest airlines in the United States are waiving flight-change policies on certain international flights because of COVID-19, caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus. American, Delta and, most recently, United airlines have announced change-fee waivers for designated flights, after suspending flights to numerous cities in Asia and Italy. On Thursday, the International Air Transport […]

Nursing home outbreak spotlights coronavirus risk in elder care facilities

BY: - March 2, 2020

An outbreak of coronavirus disease in a nursing home near Seattle is prompting urgent calls for precautionary tactics at America’s elder care facilities, where residents are at heightened risk of serious complications from the illness because of the dual threat of age and close living conditions. The emergence of the novel contagious illness at the […]

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 moves to declare a public health emergency, as two coronavirus cases emerge in Florida

BY: - March 2, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Sunday evening that “two individuals” in Florida tested positive for the deadly coronavirus that has become a global epidemic,  with United States cases on the rise. The two people who “tested presumptively positive” are residents of west- central Florida’s Manatee County and Hillsborough County, according to an executive order by the […]

Two coronavirus cases in Fl; Gov. Ron DeSantis moves to declare a state of emergency

BY: - March 1, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Sunday evening that “two individuals” in Florida tested positive for the deadly coronavirus that has become a global epidemic,  with United States cases on the rise. The two people who “tested presumptively positive” are residents of west- central Florida’s Manatee County and Hillsborough County, according to an executive order by the […]

Gov. DeSantis, V.P. Pence to huddle over coronavirus campaign

BY: - February 28, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis was to meet in South Florida with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday afternoon to discuss efforts to contain coronavirus, the governor’s office announced. The meeting was set for 3 p.m. at Palm Beach International Airport, according to the governor’s daily schedule. DeSantis’ press office had no immediate reply to a request […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]