Delta variant

The contagious Delta variant apparently seeped into FL back in April, causing infections and deaths

BY: - August 2, 2021

The highly-contagious Delta variant that has infected and killed residents appears to have seeped into Florida in early April, though it didn’t get much attention right away. The Florida Phoenix requested information about the Delta variant through a public records request under Florida law, and it was then that the state health department released a […]

DeSantis responds to CDC’s change of mind on masks with mockery

BY: - August 2, 2021

Faced with a record spike in COVID infections, caused by the highly contagious Delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gov. Ron DeSantis have settled on markedly divergent reactions. The federal public health authorities bit the bullet and reversed course, countermanding their earlier advice that vaccinated people need not wear face […]

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That would include Florida, according to CDC data. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the […]

Feds: Florida, Missouri, Texas account for 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases this week

BY: - July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. This week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas, and Missouri — accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Biden administration defends COVID ‘surge response teams’ after Missouri governor’s criticism

BY: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s key COVID-19 advisers on Thursday defended the administration’s strategies for boosting vaccinations in the states, after Missouri’s governor said federal door-to-door outreach efforts are not welcome there. Top Biden adviser Jeff Zients said anyone mischaracterizing the administration’s attempts is “doing a disservice to the country.” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson voiced […]

Delta variant Q&A: How the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant might change your behavior

BY: - July 7, 2021

As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too. The delta variant is a mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Early estimates suggest the […]

Delta variant seeps into FL; health experts warn it could be more transmissible than other strains

BY: - June 21, 2021

A new coronavirus mutation — the so-called Delta variant — has seeped into Florida and dozens of other states, with federal officials saying it could become the dominant strain in the country. First identified in India, Delta is classified as a “variant of concern” by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of […]