Friday, July 30, 2021

Florida reports over 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 in last week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 5:29 PM

Florida's COVID-19 situation got even worse over the last week. The state reported more than 110,000 new cases of coronavirus in the week beginning July 23. Central Florida was not immune from these terrible numbers. Nearly every single county posted positivity rates at 18 percent or higher. Orange County...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs executive order to punish schools that implement mask mandates

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 5:02 PM

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order effectively barring mask mandates in Florida public schools. The order is based on the recently passed Parent's Bill of Rights, which grants parents more sway in Florida public schools and makes it illegal to provide health care to children without parental...

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AdventHealth postpones all non-emergency surgery, enters 'black status' with nearly 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 12:11 PM

Local hospital groups are reeling due to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in Florida. Citing the uptick in coronavirus cases being handled by the hospital system, AdventHealth updated their operating procedures to "black status" under which all non-emergency surgeries are indefinitely postponed. In a statement shared with Orlando...

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Florida pediatricians call for masks in schools as COVID-19 cases surge

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 10:13 AM

A statewide group of pediatricians Thursday called for “universal” use of masks in schools as the academic year gets ready to start and as Florida deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases. “The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics supports the continued, universal use of masks and...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs brief imploring Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 10:08 AM

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed on Thursday to a brief that calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and leave abortion issues to states. DeSantis and 10 other Republican governors joined a friend-of-the court brief filed by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in...

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

The 'penis snake' is Florida's latest invasive species

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 3:26 PM

They aren’t technically snakes or penises, but scientists have now confirmed that Florida is currently home to the invasive “penis snake.” According to a report for the Florida Museum of Natural History, recent DNA testing confirms that legless amphibians captured in Miami’s Tamiami Canal two years ago are, in...

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More than 144,000 Florida renters are at risk of eviction if CDC moratorium ends, per report

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 3:19 PM

With the Center for Disease Control’s eviction moratorium set to expire on July 31, 144,000 Floridians are at risk of eviction, according to a new report from online real estate site Zillow. Since June, more people in the U.S. have fallen behind on rent, leading to an increase in...

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Seminole County schools vote to keep masks optional for all students amid coronavirus spike

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 1:22 PM

Face coverings will be optional in Seminole County schools during the 2021-22 school year. Seminole County had already voted to make masks optional earlier this year, but the surge of the Delta variant raised doubts among school board members. Members of the school board argued over mask mandates at...

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to run pro-vaccine PSA on Fox News

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 12:25 PM

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried will run a PSA on Fox News urging Floridians to get vaccinated. "You won't hear this on Fox News from Gov. DeSantis, but you need to. Sean Hannity, Steve Doocy and your family doctor all agree: Vaccines will save your life," Fried says in...

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Central Florida business owner says she's had no trouble finding workers at $15 an hour

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 11:28 AM

A Tampa business owner said she hasn't experienced the much-reported labor shortage and she credits the fact that she's always started her employees at $15 an hour. Danielle Ferrari, owner of Valhalla Resale in Tampa’s Seminole Heights, said she's seen waves of applicants for her open positions. “I had...

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