Health

As COVID caseload spikes, Gov. DeSantis vows again: No more lockdowns in FL

BY: - July 22, 2021

As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida and the more transmissible Delta variant continues to circulate, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday declared his opposition to any mitigation efforts, such as lockdowns or mask mandates, particularly for K-12 students. During a news conference in Fort Pierce, the Republican governor addressed a reporter who noted that a group […]

Opioid settlement would bring billions of dollars for addiction treatment, prevention, to FL

BY: - July 22, 2021

Florida’s share of a massive settlement with an opioid manufacturer and distributors accused of contributing to the addiction epidemic could amount to $1.6 billion, according to details released by state Attorney General Ashley Moody. The overall deal would see payment of $26 billion to U.S. states and territories by Johnson & Johnson and distributors AmerisourceBergen, […]

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards. The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans joining Democrats in voting […]

DeSantis: “Vaccines are saving lives;” fewer than half of Floridians fully vaccinated and cases are rising

BY: - July 21, 2021

As Gov. Ron DeSantis touted the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines during a Wednesday news conference, fewer than half of Floridians have been fully vaccinated — problematic because cases are rising, spurred by more contagious variants. The governor was in St. Petersburg discussing red tide issues, but veered off topic when a reporter asked about the […]

Florida environmentalists seek legal rights for water and wildlife through constitutional amendments

BY: - July 20, 2021

A network of environmentalist underdogs who proved last year they could beat the system at the local level is taking its pro-nature campaign in Florida to voters statewide for 2022. The network, through a political action committee called FL5.org, is petitioning to have five proposed constitutional amendments placed on the 2022 general ballot. Four of […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON—Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and Fred Upton, a Republican, are […]

AARP report: FL has one of the lowest rates nationwide for vaccinations among nursing home staff

BY: - July 19, 2021

With health officials and the Biden administration continuing to push Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Florida ranks second worst in the nation for vaccination rates among staff at nursing homes, according to a new report by AARP. Data from the AARP Public Policy Institute, collaborating with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Ohio’s Miami University, […]

Federal appeals court sides with CDC on cruise ship rules; DeSantis vows to go to U.S. Supreme Court if necessary

BY: - July 19, 2021

A federal appeals court has dealt Gov. Ron DeSantis a setback in his legal fight with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the agency’s restrictions on operations of cruise ships. U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday in Tampa on June 18 blocked the CDC from enforcing the rules, including a requirement that most […]

Gov. DeSantis on COVID surge: ‘The name of the game is to keep people out of the hospital’

BY: - July 19, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis played down the significance of a surge in COVID-19 infections on Monday, calling it a seasonal phenomenon. He also warned against trying to shame vaccine-averse people into taking the shots. “I do not agree with some of these people — some of these quote-unquote experts — who lambaste people and criticize them […]

Labor report: As demand for workers increases, FL cuts unemployment benefits

BY: - July 16, 2021

Florida’s labor report Friday cites 69,300 new private-sector jobs in the economy over the past month and an increase of 907,000 jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic forced 1.3 million workers off their jobs in spring 2020 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Still, 523,000 Florida workers were unemployed in June, comprising 5 percent of […]

Delta variant accounts for nearly 60 percent of new COVID cases in U.S; FL cases overall are climbing

BY: - July 15, 2021

The contagious Delta variant first identified in India now accounts for 57.6 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the United States, with high percentages in several states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show Missouri with the highest percentage of Delta variant cases, accounting for 75 percent of COVID cases. Other states with […]

U.S. House expects to vote next week on expanding PFAS regulations on toxic chemicals in drinking water

BY: - July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON—Members of Congress and Biden administration officials at a conference on Wednesday outlined how they’re attempting to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water—including an upcoming vote in the U.S. House. EPA Administrator Michael Regan, a former top environmental official in North Carolina, said the agency is currently in the process of regulating two of […]