COVID variant

On front lines battling COVID-19, more than 400 registered nurses have died, including 23 in FL

BY: - May 20, 2021

Florida’s Elizabeth “Lee” Motzenbecker of Venice worked for more than 40 years as a registered nurse, dedicating her life to caring for others, according to her obituary. At 61, she died losing a battle to COVID-19. Motzenbecker and 22 other registered nurses in Florida have died thus far in the pandemic, according to the National […]

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More than 60,000 COVID cases related to FL K-12 public and private schools raise questions about safety

BY: - February 8, 2021

With new data from the first month of the 2021 spring semester, the total number of school-related COVID cases has risen to 60,690, which includes both public and private K-12 schools in Florida. The figure is based on COVID cases from Sept. 6 through Jan. 30, according to a Phoenix analysis of data from the […]

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Troubling COVID strain now in the state capital; 25 FL counties now have variant that’s potentially more lethal

BY: - February 4, 2021

The more transmissible COVID-19 mutation is now in the state capital, where lawmakers are attending committee meetings leading up to the March 2 legislative session. Several lawmakers have already contracted the disease since this summer. The mutation, called the B.1.1.7 variant that emerged in the United Kingdom, is potentially more lethal than the original virus, […]

Nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases related to FL K-12 schools in first week of spring semester

BY: - January 19, 2021

Two weeks ago, Florida’s K-12 schools resumed for the 2020-21 academic year while the COVID-19 pandemic continued. Students and teachers returned to their classrooms or logged in to online learning platforms. But in the week Florida students started the 2021 spring semester, 4,786 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Florida Department of Health. The […]

Publix COVID vaccine distribution expands into Palm Beach County, but DeSantis remains mum on new strain

BY: - January 19, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded COVID-19 vaccine distribution to people aged 65 and above through Publix pharmacies to a large county for the first time Tuesday, enlisting all of the 67 Publix stores in Palm Beach County. The move extends the program to 181 Publix pharmacies in 15 counties, including a planned expansion into seven Publix […]

COVID-19 infections reach 1.5-million mark; more easily-spread ‘variant’ cases are rising in FL

BY: - January 12, 2021

The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday reported 1,503,482 COVID-19 infections, with new cases rising since New Year’s Day and additional COVID cases that involve new variants that spread more easily. A variant case emerged for the first time in Florida on New Year’s Eve — a young man in Martin County, north of Palm […]

Billions in additional federal COVID funds announced to help reopen U.S. schools

BY: - January 6, 2021

More than $54 billion in additional federal COVID relief money will support reopening of schools across the nation, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. In a letter to state education commissioners, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos argued that there is “no excuse” that so many U.S. students are “locked out” from in-person instruction, […]

First U.S. case of new coronavirus strain identified in Colorado

BY: - December 29, 2020

The first U.S. case of a new, more contagious strain of the novel coronavirus has been identified in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis announced Tuesday. Colorado’s Laboratory Services Division confirmed that a man in his 20s has contracted a case of COVID-19-causing variant B.1.1.7, according to a written statement from Polis’ office. The patient hasn’t traveled […]