Health

Ms. DeSantis on her diagnosis: ‘Something was telling me that something wasn’t right’

BY: - December 8, 2021

Since the announcement of her breast cancer diagnosis in early October, First Lady Casey DeSantis has been reserved about sharing details of her personal medical condition. But Tuesday, she told the story of how she learned of her diagnosis, shedding light on her experience and urging Floridians to get cancer screenings for early diagnosis. “I […]

Montana’s Jon Tester to vote with U.S. Senate GOP to undo Biden vaccine rule

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana is one of at least two Democrats who are expected to join every Senate Republican in a vote Wednesday night opposing President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employers. In a written statement late Tuesday, Tester said that he’s heard from concerned constituents in his state about that pending […]

Omicron is believed to have landed in FL, Gov. DeSantis says

BY: - December 7, 2021

Public health officials believe they have identified COVID omicron variant cases in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. “They believe they have identified — I’m not sure where it is,” the governor said in response to a reporter’s question during a news conference in Oldsmar. The Florida Department of Health later confirmed its identification of […]

Investigation urged of doctor who operated on immigrant women in detention

BY: - December 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two congressional panels are calling for Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to investigate a doctor who was accused of performing gynecological procedures on immigrant women in a Georgia detention center without their consent or full understanding of the treatment being performed. In a Dec. 3 letter, Democrats on the House Homeland Security and Oversight […]

11th Circuit panel thumbs nose at nationwide injunction on COVID vax mandate for health workers

BY: - December 6, 2021

A federal appeal court in Atlanta that rejected the state of Florida’s arguments against the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate for health-care workers over the weekend has now issued its written explanation for doing so. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit ruled, 2-1, that the mandate is fully […]

FL health officials offer guidance on COVID booster shots, with omicron variant spanning at least 17 states in the U.S.

BY: - December 6, 2021

With the new omicron variant continuing to spread throughout the nation, Florida health officials are offering guidance for COVID-19 booster shots for Floridians 18 and older. President Joe Biden and federal health officials have been advocating boosters, with omicron circulating in the United States. As of Monday afternoon, the Florida Department of Health hasn’t reported […]

At least a half dozen states confirm new omicron variant; FL so far has not reported cases

BY: - December 3, 2021

The omicron variant continues to spread through the United States, with at least six states confirming cases of the new variant that first emerged in South Africa, according to federal health officials and state health departments. They are: California, Minnesota, New York, Hawaii, Colorado, and Nebraska. On Friday, the Nebraska health department became the latest […]

COMMENTARY

We’re Florida — we couldn’t get through the day without a helping of mendacity

BY: - December 3, 2021

What is it with Florida and reality? We don’t believe in facts, don’t believe in science, don’t believe the evidence parked right in front of us by people who actually know what they’re talking about. This goes double for the people who run the state. Instead of trying to protect Floridians against COVID-19 by insisting […]

Feds are advocating for COVID boosters to help curb omicron, but thousands of people haven’t even tried boosters

BY: - December 2, 2021

With the emergence of the new omicron variant — which has now seeped into the United States– federal health officials have expanded its push for people 18 and older to get booster shots. But so far, that appears to be a tough sell, according to the government’s own booster data from the Centers for Disease […]

Second case of omicron variant detected in U.S.: Minnesota man attended convention in NYC

BY: - December 2, 2021

A day after federal health officials confirmed the first case of the omicron variant in the United States, a resident of Minnesota who had recently traveled to New York City tested positive for the new variant, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC announced in an email Thursday that “the […]

Biden to unveil plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes. And another big push to get Americans vaccinated. Those are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing Thursday, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters […]

Omicron is here in the United States: CDC confirms first case in California

BY: - December 1, 2021

The first U.S. case of the new omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, has been identified in California, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed in an email Wednesday afternoon. Federal officials were expecting the variant, known as B.1.1.529, to eventually emerge in the country and California has become the first state […]