Health

DeSantis responds to CDC’s change of mind on masks with mockery

BY: - August 2, 2021

Faced with a record spike in COVID infections, caused by the highly contagious Delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gov. Ron DeSantis have settled on markedly divergent reactions. The federal public health authorities bit the bullet and reversed course, countermanding their earlier advice that vaccinated people need not wear face […]

FL’s new COVID cases have spiked to 21,683 in one day — the highest since March 2020

BY: - July 31, 2021

COVID-19 cases in Florida have reached a new milestone — 21,683 new cases in one day — the largest number since early March 2020, when Floridians had little information about the mysterious coronavirus and the disease that became COVID-19. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published the daily numbers of COVID-19 cases […]

DeSantis vows to let parents ignore local school board decisions on masks

BY: - July 30, 2021

Update: Around 4:30 p.m., Gov. Ron DeSantis issued the executive order he had described earlier Friday. It threatens to withhold state-controlled funding from school districts that do not comply. The order calls for health and education rules for “controlling the spread of COVID-19 in schools” that maintain Floridians’ constitutional freedoms, maintain parents’ rights under state […]

Gov. DeSantis signs up FL for sweeping legal assault on abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - July 29, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has joined with the governors of 11 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey, which established and maintained the right to abortion in the United States. The governors filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a 2018 Mississippi […]

FL Ag Commissioner Fried uses her authority to tackle the COVID crisis, including getting info to the public

BY: - July 28, 2021

After state health officials stopped providing daily COVID-19 reports, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried decided to fill the “COVID information-sharing void” through regular updates. Fried, an elected Cabinet official and a 2022 gubernatorial candidate, hopes to provide daily, “if not, almost daily,” COVID-19 updates to inform the public, she announced at a Wednesday press conference. […]

DeSantis wins legal battle over COVID protocols on cruise ships, but storm clouds on the horizon

BY: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is prevailing in his legal battle with federal public health authorities over whether to require cruise ship passengers and crew to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to board and sail. The governor won a federal trial court ruling about the topic, only to have the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit […]

Crist and Fried, top contenders in 2022 gubernatorial race, blast Gov. DeSantis over COVID surges

BY: and - July 27, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 gubernatorial race, Florida’s top Democratic candidates are going after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over surges in COVID-19 cases. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Florida governor, on Tuesday blasted DeSantis over Florida’s spike in coronavirus cases, saying in an interview with MSNBC that “the governor’s playing Russian roulette with this issue.” […]

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That would include Florida, according to CDC data. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the […]

‘There was no concern for my life’: Families losing homes despite federal eviction moratorium

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The national moratorium on evictions, as well as rental assistance programs, weren’t enough protection to keep Katrina Chism and her family in their suburban Atlanta home when money got tight. Chism was laid off twice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and when she fell behind on rent, she faced an initial eviction notice. She was […]

How many residents have been vaccinated in FL? It’s hard to tell and stats differ between FL and the CDC

BY: - July 26, 2021

In a small county in North Florida called Union, 43 percent of residents aged 12 and older have been vaccinated, according to the Florida Department of Health. But data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the figure as 25.8 percent, based on residents 12 and older. Likewise, 68 percent of residents […]

COMMENTARY

Experts? We don’t need no experts!

BY: - July 23, 2021

Thank God our governor doesn’t listen to these quote-unquote experts trying to impose their over-educated, evidence-based, warped world view on decent, horoscope-reading, lucky socks-wearing, lottery ticket-buying, chicken entrails-reading Floridians. We’re not dumb, you know. Take the so-called global pandemic. The quote-unquote data show that Florida’s COVID-19 numbers are up 200 percent over the last two […]

Feds: Florida, Missouri, Texas account for 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases this week

BY: - July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. This week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas, and Missouri — accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide. […]