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DeSantis wins legal battle over COVID protocols on cruise ships, but storm clouds on the horizon

BY: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is prevailing in his legal battle with federal public health authorities over whether to require cruise ship passengers and crew to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to board and sail. The governor won a federal trial court ruling about the topic, only to have the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit […]

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. […]

Federal appeals court sides with CDC on cruise ship rules; DeSantis vows to go to U.S. Supreme Court if necessary

BY: - July 19, 2021

A federal appeals court has dealt Gov. Ron DeSantis a setback in his legal fight with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the agency’s restrictions on operations of cruise ships. U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday in Tampa on June 18 blocked the CDC from enforcing the rules, including a requirement that most […]

Legal sparring continues over feds, FL, and cruise ship industry; next step is appeals court

BY: - July 8, 2021

The federal government has filed an appeal of a Tampa federal judge’s epic ruling saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went overboard in controlling the cruise ship industry. The ruling led to an injunction, to take force on July 18, barring the CDC from imposing regulations designed to prevent transmission of COVID-19 aboard […]

The South African COVID-19 variant has arrived in Florida, CDC reports

BY: - March 1, 2021

Another new, more contagious COVID-19 variant — one first identified in South Africa — is now in Florida, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Sunday, the agency reported one Florida case of the South Africa variant, which is more easily spread and could lead to more hospitalizations and potentially […]

FL now knows its first allocation of COVID vaccine — nearly 180,000 doses

BY: - December 10, 2020

Florida will receive nearly 180,000 initial doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and expects to speed them to long-term care residents and health care workers within the week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. The precise number was 179,400 doses, of which the governor has earmarked 60,450 to CVS and Walgreens for distribution to nursing homes […]

Former Pa. candidate for governor now at center of Trump administration vaccine push

BY: - October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — A central figure in the federal government’s coronavirus vaccine effort is a Pennsylvanian who, two years ago, was battling in the bruising 2018 Republican primary for governor. Paul Mango has been working in the federal government on health policy since his loss in that primary election. But his background in health care consulting and […]

States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding

BY: - October 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Across the hundreds of pages of plans that state officials sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on distributing and tracking the yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccines, there are more questions so far than answers on how exactly vaccine programs will be carried out. Yet states will be on the front lines […]

Gov. DeSantis ends his ban on COVID-related evictions, foreclosures; cites CDC moratorium

BY: - September 30, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis is allowing his COVID-19 moratorium on evictions and mortgage foreclosures proceedings to expire, his office announced late Wednesday. He cited a similar moratorium imposed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early September, although housing activists worried it was subject to legal challenge. A short statement issued by the […]

Gov. DeSantis extends COVID emergency as caseload expands; sees youth defiance of contact tracing

BY: - July 7, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s COVID-19 state of emergency for another 60 days Tuesday as state health officials announced that another 7,347 positive test results had come in overnight. The new data showed 63 new Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19. As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, officials had reported a total 213,794 Florida cases and […]

Gov. DeSantis argues COVID picture in Florida isn’t as bleak as it seems

BY: - July 6, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians not to be alarmed at the persistent spikes in positive tests for COVID-19, and suggested they’re not as bad as they seem given the true extent of the disease’s spread among non-symptomatic people including young adults. As of 11 a.m. Monday, the Florida Department of Health had reported an additional […]

Gov. DeSantis leaving closure of beaches, bars, and restaurants to local government discretion

BY: - March 16, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced a $50 million bridge loan program and tax assistance to help small businesses survive the hit they’re taking from the COVID-19 epidemic. What he hasn’t announced was the broad state-level swipe that he’d signaled over the weekend against large gatherings at restaurants, bars, and beaches. During a news conference Monday […]