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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 […]

With COVID-19 vaccine goal faltering, White House, other groups, redouble efforts to vaccinate Americans

BY: - June 23, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to visit COVID-19 vaccine sites in the Orlando area and Tampa on Thursday, part of a nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven’t been vaccinated yet. She’s expected to visit a drive-through vaccine site at Osceola Community Health Services in Kissimmee, and later attend a vaccination event in Tampa, […]

What kids should know about drugs and alcohol: State education officials propose new standards

BY: - June 8, 2021

The Department of Education is proposing what appears to be more expansive guidance on drugs and alcohol instruction for middle and high schoolers. A draft of the proposals are posted as a part of a broader review of learning standards that include civics education and the Holocaust. The substance abuse standards may be discussed Thursday […]

3 counties became the COVID-19 epicenter in FL; now they represent nearly 900,000 infections

BY: - May 28, 2021

Florida is seeing a slowdown of COVID-19 infections, millions of residents are getting vaccinations and people are shedding masks — but the breadth of the pandemic remains startling. With the month of May coming to an end, the Florida Department of Health on Friday reported 2,320,818 COVID infections and 36,774 deaths of residents. The three […]

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DeSantis moving to expand vaccinations for 50-and-older teachers and sworn law enforcement

BY: - February 23, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said he wants to allow teachers and sworn law enforcement officers to be vaccinated soon as part of federally-supported COVID vaccination sites in major urban areas. “We’ll start probably 50 and up for the police and classroom teachers,” DeSantis at a news conference in Miami-Dade County. DeSantis also mentioned “fire” […]

Nearly half of FL’s counties have the more contagious COVID strain embedded in their communities

BY: - February 19, 2021

The United Kingdom COVID strain called B.1.1.7 — which is more contagious and potentially more deadly than the original virus — is now in nearly half of  Florida’s 67 counties. The Florida Department of Health on Friday finally disclosed new information about which counties have the U.K variant. That mutation has been spreading across the […]

FL now has 125 cases of the more transmissible COVID strain, more than any other state

BY: - January 29, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday evening reported 434 cases nationwide of the more transmissible COVID-19 strain that is potentially more lethal — up from 315 earlier this week. Florida’s cases have jumped to 125 — more than any state in the nation. The variant called B.1.1.7, which emerged from the United […]

With state officials mum, Floridians aren’t being told about a public health threat: A troubling new COVID strain

BY: - January 15, 2021

On New Year’s Eve, a more contagious strain of COVID-19 that first appeared in the United Kingdom emerged in Florida, with the state health department tweeting information on Florida’s first case. That one case – a young man in his 20s in Martin County – has now jumped to 22 cases as of Thursday, the […]

On the last day of 2020, Floridians can see a statistical portrait of grief and hope for more COVID vaccines

BY: - December 31, 2020

The Florida Department of Health on Thursday —  New Year’s Eve — reported a staggering 1,323,315 COVID-19 infections and 21,673 Florida resident deaths, jarring figures compared to the early days of the pandemic. On March 1, 2020, a Sunday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced two coronavirus cases in Florida, in Hillsborough and Manatee County. It was […]

Gov. DeSantis pushes ahead on vaccines in long-term care facilities, saying, ‘We didn’t want to see delays’

BY: - December 16, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Health and the Division of Emergency Management to begin vaccinating residents of long-term care facilities starting Wednesday — ahead of the plans of CVS and Walgreens to begin vaccinating those populations by Monday. “We wanted to cut through bureaucracy,” the governor announced in a news conference […]

COVID-19 infections now rising at about 10,000 new cases a day; death toll is nearly 19,000 for FL residents

BY: - December 4, 2020

The Florida Department of Health has been reporting about 10,000 new COVID-19 infections a day since Dec. 1. That data comes from a two-week period, from Nov. 20 to Dec. 3, showing new cases jumping to 9,880 on Dec. 1; 10,658 cases on Dec. 2, and 9,987 on Dec. 3. Those numbers, based on Florida […]

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Nearly 3,000 more COVID-19 cases related to FL schools; at least 100 infections in each of eight counties

BY: - November 11, 2020

Eight Florida counties had 100 or more COVID-19 infections related to public and private K-12 schools last week, new data show, with two counties — Miami-Dade and Broward — reporting more than 250 cases. The figures include students, teachers, staff, and other cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. The eight counties are: Pinellas […]