COVID-19

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New CDC study: 96 percent of public schools across the nation ‘remain open for full in-person learning’

BY: - September 24, 2021

Though COVID-19 disrupted schools earlier in the pandemic, so far this school year most kids across the country have been able to attend classes in person, rather than work remotely at home, according to a new report by federal health officials. Due to COVID outbreaks, school closures affected a total of 1,801 schools, more than […]

Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory panels in […]

Crist denounces new COVID school policy; seeks ouster of new surgeon general

BY: - September 23, 2021

Democrat Charlie Crist denounced Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday as an “oppressive tyrant” willing to send coronavirus-infected children into the public schools and risk the health of other children to please his COVID-skeptical political base. During a Zoom press conference, the Democratic congressman from St. Petersburg — also a gubernatorial candidate for 2022 — argued […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. […]

As travel nurse gigs with high pay become more popular, FL hospitals look to compete

BY: - September 22, 2021

Amid nationwide challenges with nurse staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic, some Florida hospitals feel threatened by nursing temp agencies that recruit travel nurses for jobs out of state, oftentimes offering higher pay compared to Florida. With more nurses in the state choosing to take traveling roles elsewhere through temp nursing agencies, hospital systems in Florida […]

FL hospital systems are looking to expand in-home medical care, but will lawmakers go along?

BY: - September 20, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an influx of sick patients, some overwhelmed hospitals in Florida have found innovative ways to deliver health services to residents’ homes and want to expand those efforts. Dr. Neil Finkler, chief clinical officer at AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, told state House lawmakers Monday that limited bed spaces are […]

Fried urges Floridians: Demand Gov. DeSantis seek all federal aid to help struggling families

BY: - September 17, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is letting billions in federal COVID-19 relief go unspent as the pandemic continues and working families struggle to pay bills, Florida’s top Democratic officeholder and other critics said Friday. During a Zoom conference call with people who help administer food and other assistance to the working poor, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer […]

Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 20 Republican state attorneys general, including Florida’s Ashley Moody, are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement that would […]

COMMENTARY

FL’s COVID craziness keeps getting deeper — how dare the government try to save lives?

BY: - September 17, 2021

“Human kind,” said the poet, “cannot bear too much reality.” Many Republicans seem especially resistant, preferring to dwell in a miasma of Deep State conspiracies and Internet nonsense inspiring them to believe that Hillary Clinton drinks babies’ blood, Trump won the 2020 election, and that ingesting over-the-feed-store-counter tablets for deworming horses is a better way […]

FL’s COVID death toll has reached the 50,000 mark; only two other states have higher numbers

BY: - September 16, 2021

Florida’s COVID-19 death cases rose to the 50,000 threshold in September, illustrating the breadth of residents who died in a pandemic that continues to ravage older and younger people in the state. Only California and Texas have had higher numbers of deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The […]

The reversals have begun: Some school districts backtrack on opt-out mask policies

BY: - September 15, 2021

At least two school districts — Volusia and Lee — that previously adopted strict mask mandates have recently decided to allow parents to opt their students out of the policy for any reason. Another district, Indian River, has approved a change — a hybrid approach that would require masks only at certain times when COVID-19 […]

Following the Delta surge, FL lawmakers hear about the emerging Mu variant ‘not being responsive to the vaccine’

BY: - September 14, 2021

More COVID-19 mutations are emerging globally including the so-called Mu variant, raising concerns from state lawmakers about whether the strain is resistant to current vaccines used to provide protection against the virus. The World Health Organization has designated the Mu variant as a “variant of interest” and cited that the mutation may potentially reduce vaccine […]