COVID-19

CDC data: Rising COVID cases in FL top almost every state, even as vaccinations continue

BY: - July 12, 2021

While states such as Missouri have been in the news over a surge of COVID-19 cases, Florida too is seeing a spike in cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The newest key indicators from the CDC show that Florida has the highest number of new COVID cases, 5,790, in the […]

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Many FL schools already ditched mask policies as CDC updates COVID guidance; but is it the right decision?

BY: - July 9, 2021

Fully COVID-19 vaccinated teachers, students and staff would not need to wear masks this fall, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a Friday mask update for K-12 schools. But “masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated,” according to the CDC. That […]

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Why is FL DOE behind on getting billions of federal dollars to schools recovering from COVID pandemic?

BY: - July 8, 2021

Florida education officials are at least a month behind in getting a state plan, worth billions, to the U.S. Department of Education to help Florida schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Already, 40 states have submitted their plans and Florida is still not one of them. And more federal funding for Florida is now on […]

Biden administration defends COVID ‘surge response teams’ after Missouri governor’s criticism

BY: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s key COVID-19 advisers on Thursday defended the administration’s strategies for boosting vaccinations in the states, after Missouri’s governor said federal door-to-door outreach efforts are not welcome there. Top Biden adviser Jeff Zients said anyone mischaracterizing the administration’s attempts is “doing a disservice to the country.” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson voiced […]

Legal sparring continues over feds, FL, and cruise ship industry; next step is appeals court

BY: - July 8, 2021

The federal government has filed an appeal of a Tampa federal judge’s epic ruling saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went overboard in controlling the cruise ship industry. The ruling led to an injunction, to take force on July 18, barring the CDC from imposing regulations designed to prevent transmission of COVID-19 aboard […]

Delta variant Q&A: How the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant might change your behavior

BY: - July 7, 2021

As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too. The delta variant is a mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Early estimates suggest the […]

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CDC study finds racial, regional disparities as schools reopened for in-person learning

BY: - July 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning. But a new study shows that racial and geographic gaps persisted as K-12 students went back to their classrooms—with non-Hispanic white kids more often the ones attending a brick-and-mortar school full-time in most states. […]

Judge’s epic, 124-page cruise-ship order reveals clash between boosting the economy and keeping people alive

BY: - June 25, 2021

Florida’s legal challenge to federal guidelines allowing cruise ships to sail under COVID restrictions invoked some of the conservative legal movement’s most cherished enthusiasms, including long-sought curbs on U.S. agencies’ authority to regulate business. In U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday, a George H.W. Bush appointee in Tampa, the state found a jurist who agreed with […]

Advocates in FL are considering legal action against DeSantis for ceasing federal unemployment supplement

BY: - June 24, 2021

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to cut off distribution of the $300 weekly federal unemployment supplement, a labor union is exploring legal action if the governor doesn’t reverse course. The federal unemployment program expires in Florida on Saturday but the Florida AFL-CIO hopes DeSantis will accede to its petition, supported by additional advocacy groups, urging […]

Biden administration extends federal eviction moratorium for one final month

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday extended a national moratorium on evictions for another month, offering what federal officials say will be a final respite while they scramble to beef up other help for renters that could mitigate a wave of evictions once the legal protection does expire. The added month of eviction relief comes […]

With COVID-19 vaccine goal faltering, White House, other groups, redouble efforts to vaccinate Americans

BY: - June 23, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to visit COVID-19 vaccine sites in the Orlando area and Tampa on Thursday, part of a nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven’t been vaccinated yet. She’s expected to visit a drive-through vaccine site at Osceola Community Health Services in Kissimmee, and later attend a vaccination event in Tampa, […]

Delta variant seeps into FL; health experts warn it could be more transmissible than other strains

BY: - June 21, 2021

A new coronavirus mutation — the so-called Delta variant — has seeped into Florida and dozens of other states, with federal officials saying it could become the dominant strain in the country. First identified in India, Delta is classified as a “variant of concern” by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of […]