coronavirus

ACLU demands ‘transparency’ from FL governor and head of state prisons, where inmate deaths are rising

BY: - June 4, 2020

With 15 inmates dead of COVID-19 in state prisons and infections spreading, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is demanding transparency from Gov. Ron DeSantis and Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch about what is happening behind prison walls. ACLU of Florida delivered a letter to the governor and the DOC secretary earlier this […]

University of Florida

What might college look like? Face masks, single-room dorms, staggered classes and even a short fall semester

BY: - June 3, 2020

Students, faculty and staff would be required to wear face masks until a COVID-19 vaccine is available, kids could be in single-room dorms, and classes would be staggered to maintain social distancing, according to recommendations Wednesday by a higher education group. Those recommendations and more come as college campuses across Florida are trying to safely […]

Gov. DeSantis okays the opening of bars, movie theaters, and more, but warns: ‘The virus isn’t gone’

BY: - June 3, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that most of Florida will enter Phase 2 of his plan to reopen the economy at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, meaning that bars, movie theaters, and tattoo parlors can reopen subject to social distancing and sanitation requirements. DeSantis said during a news conference in Orlando that the move is justified […]

Gov. DeSantis isn’t walking a straight line toward Phase 2 of COVID-19 reopening

BY: - May 30, 2020

It’s been roughly a month since Gov. Ron DeSantis launched Phase 1 of a plan to reopen Florida’s economy following his COVID-19 stay-home executive orders. We’ve seen the return of sit-down restaurants, hair and nail salons, even kids’ summer camps, with some limitations. So, when do we get to Phase 2? That would require evidence […]

COMMENTARY

Republicans can try to run from science, but they can’t hide

BY: - May 26, 2020

Donald Trump and his government minions don’t know nothing about no damn science and boy, are they proud of it. Rudy Giuliani went on Fox last month to sneer at contact tracing to track the virus, wondering why, since obesity, cancer, and heart disease also kill you dead, we don’t contact trace for those bad […]

For the first time, FL exceeds 50,000 COVID-19 infections; death toll ranges from age 26 to 103

BY: - May 23, 2020

Saturday marks the first time Florida has reached the 50,000 mark for COVID-19 infections, with precisely 50,127 cases, according to the state Department of Health. The death toll was reported as 2,233, with 1,072 of the deaths in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. As infections continue to rise, the state is increasingly “reopening,” with […]

Gov. DeSantis greenlights kids to participate in outside activities, including summer camp

BY: - May 22, 2020

The state is lifting restrictions on kids’ participation in summer camps, athletics, and other activities, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday in Jacksonville. He’s imposing no hard regulations to preserve children’s health against COVID-19, he said, preferring to leave that to local authorities, activities organizers, and parents. However, the state Department of Health will post best […]

More secrecy: Another Trump-connected inmate leaving federal prison while thousands struggle to escape COVID-19

BY: - May 21, 2020

With thousands of inmates in highly-infected prisons still behind bars, another Trump-connected federal inmate is leaving early and under unusual circumstances, raising questions about who gets out and who stays in federal prisons across the country. Michael Cohen, longtime personal attorney for President Donald Trump, was  released early from federal prison on Thursday amid health […]

As Florida continues to ‘reopen,’ COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise

BY: - May 16, 2020

Florida is closing in on 45,000 COVID-19 infections and 2,000 resident deaths, even as the state prepares for gyms to open and restaurants and retail stores to increase their capacities on Monday, in hopes of bolstering Florida’s economy. The Florida Department of Health on Saturday is reporting 44,811 infections and 1,964 deaths, the size and […]

Gyms to reopen and service to expand in restaurants and shops Monday under new COVID rules

BY: - May 15, 2020

Florida on Monday will move into “full Phase 1” of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to gradually reopen the economy, in which retail stores and restaurants may operate at half capacity, gyms will reopen, and perhaps professional sports teams will be allowed to open training. “Some of the things that we could have done but didn’t […]

Nurses battling virus on front lines in understaffed hospitals: A brave nurse speaks out

BY: - May 15, 2020

Millicent Bowerbank, a registered nurse in Miami, has been providing nonstop care for COVID-19 patients without a break at times during graveyard shifts, because there aren’t enough trained nurses to care for people infected with the coronavirus. “I have experience where I cried because I was in this isolation area from about 10 p.m. to […]

Most COVID-19 infections in rural counties are often in state prisons

BY: - May 14, 2020

As state prison authorities expand testing among inmates and employees, the extent of COVID-19 behind bars is becoming evident, even in prisons in rural counties where rates of infection in the general population are very low. Hamilton Correctional Institution, near the state line in north Florida, is the latest of the rural state prisons to […]