COVID-19

Biden, DeSantis butt heads but agree on this: Vaccines, antibody therapy save lives

BY: - September 13, 2021

While President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis clash regularly over management of the deadly resurgence of COVID-19, they agree on this: Approved vaccines and monoclonal antibody therapy are the best medical tools for fighting coronavirus and its Delta variant. The Democratic president and the Republican governor who might run against him in 2024 both […]

U.S. Department of Education opens investigation on FL’s mask policies and possible violations of federal law

BY: - September 10, 2021

On the heels of a court decision allowing Florida education officials to continue penalizing school districts with strict mask mandates, the U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation to determine if the state’s current mask policies are discriminatory to students with disabilities. The USDE sent a letter Friday notifying Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran […]

Some school districts sticking to their mask policies; others unsure following new court decision

BY: - September 10, 2021

Some schools districts say they’re staying put on their strict mask mandates, while others are considering how to proceed following yet another court decision on mask policies in schools. In a Friday decision, the First District Court of Appeal allowed the DeSantis administration and state education officials to continue enforcing a contentious policy which allows […]

DeSantis gets a win: Appeal court allows mask policy that lets parents decide

BY: - September 10, 2021

A state appeal court has freed the DeSantis administration to punish school districts that insist on strict face-masking policies against COVID-19 in defiance of the governor’s insistence that parents be allowed to opt out for their children. A three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal voted unanimously to overrule Leon County Circuit Judge […]

FL has seen a downward trend in hospitalizations for COVID-19

BY: - September 10, 2021

With Florida hospitals experiencing an influx of patients during the past month due to COVID-19 and the more contagious Delta variant, the state is now seeing a decline in hospitalizations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 12,651 inpatient beds in use for COVID-19 cases, a decrease from a previous report […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]

FL had been seeing a drop in COVID infections, but daily cases are still the highest in the U.S.

BY: - September 8, 2021

Following a significant decline in daily COVID-19 cases in Florida over the past few days, federal health officials released data on Wednesday showing infections have increased to 13,774, up from 10,162. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the new infections in Florida as of Sept. 7, and data nationwide show that Florida’s […]

Tampa mask mandate protest

Gov. DeSantis loses again in lawsuit over his schools mask-mandate policy

BY: - September 8, 2021

A state trial judge has cleared Florida school districts to enforce strict mask mandates for students until a state appeals court can decide whether the DeSantis administration holds authority to enforce a parental veto over masks. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper had ruled last month that the governor abused his authority in ordering the […]

Unfazed by continued legal battle, some school districts are standing by their strict mask mandates

BY: - September 3, 2021

Some school districts will continue to impose their strict mask mandates, even though a key court ruling has been appealed and the legal battle continues over who has control over mask-wearing at public schools — local boards or the DeSantis administration. Chris Petley, a communications staffer for the Leon County School District at the state […]

Vaccine incentives: FL venues offer gift cards, food vouchers; other states promote huge prizes

BY: - September 2, 2021

On the COVID-19 vaccine front, states across the country promote giveaways, scholarships and large cash prizes to urge residents to get the shots. But Florida’s meager offerings can’t compare to other states. California, for example, gave away cash prizes of $50,000 to 15 residents in June, part of a cash prize drawing, according to the […]

COMMENTARY

Bookman: Threats against nurses, school boards rage on as mainstream GOP stands by

BY: - September 2, 2021

In a press conference at the state Capitol this week, Georgia’s public health commissioner condemned a campaign of bullying, intimidation and threats directed at health care workers attempting to improve the state’s abysmal vaccination record against COVID- 19. “Many of our line workers are receiving threats, are receiving hostile emails, harassing emails,” Dr. Kathleen Toomey […]