Delta variant

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 […]

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 […]

Despite rising COVID cases, FL public college students will be back on campuses this fall

BY: - August 16, 2021

With the fall 2021-22 semester opening soon in Florida, many public college students will be returning to in-person classrooms at normal capacity, regardless of vaccine status, mask preferences and the dogged COVID pandemic. That generally means no mandates, unlike what’s happening at hundreds of college campuses across the nation that are requiring students to be […]

As COVID hospitalizations rise, Ag Commissioner Fried calls on Gov. DeSantis to accept federal help

BY: - August 5, 2021

Florida has set another new record for the number of COVID-sick people in hospitals, according to federal health data announced Thursday by Florida Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Nikki Fried. The data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported 12,888 hospitalizations Wednesday, up from 12,408 on Tuesday and 11,515 on Monday. Florida’s […]

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 […]