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SOUTH FLORIDA NEWS

CBS Miami

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 7:14AM

A surge in the Omicron variant has caused an uptick in hospitalizations, but it’s not quite a repeat of the Delta variant, at least not so far.

Article Link: https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/12/28/south-florida-hospitals-feeling-stress-from-omicron-variant/
ABC News

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 8:35AM

Genomic surveillance data shows omicron has overtaken the delta variant in Miami-Dade County as the dominant strain of the coronavirus in just a matter of weeks

Article Link: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/omicron-overtakes-delta-miamis-dominant-covid-19-variant-81874125
Local 10 Miami

Thursday, December 16, 2021 11:15PM

The coronavirus’ omicron variant is rapidly replacing the delta variant, so public health officials at the federal and local levels are urging people to readopt preventive measures and get the booster shot.

Article Link: https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/12/17/this-is-unprecedented-omicron-causes-80-of-coronavirus-cases-in-miami-dade-in-2-weeks/
Sun Sentinel via msn.com

Friday, July 30, 2021 12:58PM

Miami-Dade and Broward counties admitted the most COVID patients to hospitals of any counties in the U.S. in the last seven days, with more than 800 patients each, according to a White House report.

Article Link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/broward-and-miami-dade-hospitals-lead-us-in-covid-admissions/ar-AAMKTwW
Miami Herald via msn.com

Friday, July 30, 2021 12:44PM

Miami-Dade County Public Schools on Thursday announced some of its expected COVID-19 rules for the 2021-2022 school year. One of the big changes: Entire classrooms won’t have to quarantine if a student, teacher or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

Article Link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/covid-19-rules-at-miami-dade-schools-are-changing-entire-classes-won-e2-80-99t-need-to-quarantine/ar-AAMIEsd
Miami-Dade County

Friday, July 30, 2021 12:30PM

If #COVID19 created financial hardship and has affected your ability to pay the rent, help is available in #OurCounty through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Find out if you qualify and learn how to apply.

Article Link: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/housing/emergency-rental-assistance-program.page
Miami Herald via msn.com

Friday, July 30, 2021 9:43AM

Faced with an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on Wednesday mandated masks at all county facilities and urged businesses to require facial coverings indoors, too.

Article Link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/miami-dade-mayor-covid-spike-means-time-for-vaccinated-to-wear-masks-indoors-again/ar-AAMFAj4
CBS Local via msn.com

Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:00PM

Miami-Dade County officials announced Wednesday that county residents who are behind on their rent due to COVID-19 can apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help pay rent and other housing costs.

Article Link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/miami-dade-county-re-opens-applications-for-rent-relief/ar-AAMFL8e
Miami Herald

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:00PM

As vaccination demand drops, Miami-Dade’s public hospital, Jackson Health System, is ending its four-month run as a key COVID vaccine provider in Florida’s most populous county.

Article Link: https://www.yahoo.com/news/jackson-hospital-biggest-vaccinator-miami-201543706.html
Palm Beach Post

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:00PM

In a move that is being cheered by those who have loved ones behind bars, the state has started giving coronavirus vaccines to inmates at the Palm Beach County jail and those held in Florida prisons.

Article Link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/florida-prisoners-staffers-hard-hit-by-covid-getting-vaccines/ar-BB1fA79l
Miami Herald

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:21AM

How will the federal government’s call to “pause” the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of blood clots affect South Florida sites?

Article Link: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article250628109.html
WLRN Miami | South Florida

Monday, April 12, 2021 2:23PM

City National Bank of Florida was one of the most prolific lenders of government rescue money during the pandemic.

Article Link: https://www.wlrn.org/2021-04-12/the-sunshine-economy-why-a-south-florida-bank-was-a-big-lender-of-covid-19-rescue-money
WPLG 10

Monday, April 12, 2021 12:08PM

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The demand to get COVID-19 vaccines remains high, as evidenced by the long line of people waiting in their cars to get a shot Monday morning at Hard Rock Stadium.

Article Link: https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/04/12/no-appointment-needed-covid-19-vaccines-easier-to-get-in-south-florida/
Sun Sentinel

Monday, April 12, 2021 12:00PM

Florida posted the lowest number of new COVID cases in six months Monday, although that appears to be the result of a sharp drop in the number of people tested.

Article Link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-reports-lowest-covid-case-count-in-six-months/ar-BB1fzK3O
Miami Herald

Monday, April 12, 2021 12:00PM

COVID-19 vaccine rules can be confusing in South Florida. Here’s the latest news on where shots are available and who is eligible:

Article Link: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article250602024.html
WPTV (Palm Beach)

Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:12PM

Wayne Barton Study Center provides more than 850 Johnson & Johnson vaccines

Article Link: https://www.wptv.com/coronavirus/south-florida-outreach-center-offers-covid-19-vaccinations-to-underserved-people
NBC6 South Florida

Thursday, April 08, 2021 7:10PM

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout chugs along at various sites across South Florida, the state continues to lead the nation in coronavirus variant cases -- and Broward County leads the state in the British variant of the virus.

Article Link: https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/definitely-an-increase-in-covid-variants-in-south-florida-doctor/2424370/
Miami Herald

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 2:20PM

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Six months ago, former President Donald Trump put a face on monoclonal antibody treatment when he came down with COVID. The infusion of a single-symptom fighting drug has been used in South Florida with great success as was the case in January with patient Ellis Mass.

Article Link: https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/04/07/monoclonal-antibody-treatment-showing-promise-against-covid-south-florida/
Florida Politics

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 12:00PM

South Florida’s tri-county area has now completed more than 1.1 million COVID-19 inoculations. That’s according to the latest data released by the Florida Department of Health.

Article Link: https://floridapolitics.com/archives/417856-south-florida-1-1-million-covid-vaccinations/
Miami Herald

Monday, April 05, 2021 12:00PM

COVID-19 vaccine rules can be confusing in South Florida. Here’s the latest news on where shots are available and who is eligible:

Article Link: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article250436216.html

FLORIDA STATEWIDE NEWS

Washington Examiner (via Yahoo)

Thursday, July 29, 2021 6:24AM

The rise in COVID-19 cases in Florida is straining state hospitals, a situation worsened by an increase in patients with other illnesses and a staffing shortage. “This is significantly different from previous surges,” said Mary Mayhew, president and CEO of the Florida Hospital Association.

Article Link: https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-hospitals-struggle-covid-19-102400863.html
Forbes

Thursday, July 29, 2021 3:26AM

Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California will require all guests to wear face masks indoors as of July 30—regardless of their vaccination status—Disney announced late Wednesday, reversing the parks’ recent decision to drop their mask mandates in light of new public health guidance as Covid-19 surges from the highly transmissible delta variant.

Article Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2021/07/29/disney-world-and-disneyland-reimpose-mask-mandates-amid-covid-19-delta-variant-spread/?sh=52cd8fe91d1c
Washington Post (via Yahoo)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 3:28PM

A coronavirus variant discovered in Colombia is showing up among patients in South Florida, increasing infections and putting health officials on alert as calls grow louder for unvaccinated individuals to get inoculated.

Article Link: https://www.yahoo.com/news/another-coronavirus-variant-reached-florida-192854583.html
MSN

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:00PM

It has now been 17 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent out to states, kicking off the largest vaccination campaign in human history. As of Apr. 11, the U.S. has sent 237,791,735 doses of the vaccine across the country -- equivalent to 72.4% of the U.S. population.

Article Link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/this-is-how-many-covid-19-vaccines-florida-has-received-so-far/ar-BB1fB30l
WFLA (Tampa)

Monday, April 05, 2021 7:20PM

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida has reached a major milestone in the statewide distribution of coronavirus vaccines. Shots are being made available to anyone 16 and older starting Monday.

Article Link: https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/florida-expands-covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-to-everyone-16/
WPTV (West Palm Beach)

Monday, April 05, 2021 4:06PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — All Florida residents ages 18 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Teens 16 and older eligible for Pfizer vaccine with parental consent

Article Link: https://www.wptv.com/rebound/all-floridians-18-and-older-now-eligible-for-covid-19-vaccine
Sun Sentinel

Sunday, April 04, 2021 3:35PM

The number of COVID-19 cases declined slightly Sunday after almost a week of rising numbers. Florida reported 4,794 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and another 22 new resident deaths linked to COVID-19. The state has now reported 2,081,826 cases since the pandemic began.

Article Link: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-florida-coronavirus-update-sunday-easter-20210404-xptjz7h7rvehjf3cdili7ychem-story.html
First Coast News

Friday, April 02, 2021 7:54PM

Several doctors have told First Coast News the shot is safe and that they haven’t seen severe side effects. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Starting Monday, adults in Florida ages 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but not everyone is racing to get a spot in line.

Article Link: https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/vaccine/all-adults-eligible-for-vaccine-in-florida-monday-but-not-everyone-is-racing-for-a-spot-in-line-local/77-c884c336-7435-4a6e-ae8e-6f96b74079a5
Sun Sentinel

Thursday, April 01, 2021 6:44AM

... how Florida will be affected through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, which doles out vaccine to Publix, CVS, Winn-Dixie, Walmart and ...

Article Link: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/vaccines/fl-ne-jj-covid-vaccines-florida-ss-prem-20210401-slwv7ayqbjhrbjiuawxeyp45si-story.html
Daytona Beach News Journal

Monday, March 29, 2021 12:56PM

As of Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis has expanded COVID-19 eligibility to anyone 40 and older. And starting on April 5, people 18 and older will be able to get the vaccine in Florida. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about how to obtain the vaccine in Volusia and Flagler counties.

Article Link: https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/news/coronavirus/2021/03/29/how-get-covid-vaccine-volusia-and-flagler-counties/7047057002/
Sun Sentinel

Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:00PM

In Florida, vaccines also are offered at retailers Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Winn-Dixie as well as state and federally supported sites.

Article Link: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/vaccines/fl-ne-40-plus-vaccine-registration-ss-prem-20210325-c6hxzm4swbbtlo4zaxeygp5gpq-story.html
Miami Herald

Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:55AM

re you trying to get a Johnson & Johnson vaccine? You’ll likely have to wait a while. “We have no more J&J coming for the foreseeable future,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday at a news conference in Palm Harbor. “For the next two or three weeks, we’re not anticipating any new J&J.”

Article Link: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article250024449.html
Sun Sentinel

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 12:00PM

Florida will receive 811,400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government next week, a sharp increase from the 595,530 doses this week and the largest number of Johnson & Johnson doses the state has received to date.

Article Link: https://news.yahoo.com/florida-811-400-covid-vaccine-222700977.html



NATIONAL NEWS

New York Times

Thursday, December 30, 2021 12:01PM

Masks work best when everyone in the room has one on, but you’ll still benefit from masking up even when those around you aren’t.

Article Link: nytimes.com/article/covid-masks-protection-stats.html?smid=em-share
New York Times

Thursday, December 23, 2021 12:00PM

In just a few weeks since its discovery, Omicron has turned out to be highly transmissible and less susceptible to vaccines than other variants.

Article Link: https://www.nytimes.com/article/omicron-coronavirus-variant.html
NBC News

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 5:23PM

Symptoms of omicron may be different than those of previous strains. But it's still Covid, and it can still cause severe disease.

Article Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/omicron-symptoms-covid-what-to-know-rcna9469
CDC

Monday, December 20, 2021 12:00PM

CDC is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of Omicron. As of December 20, 2021, Omicron has been detected in most states and territories and is rapidly increasing the proportion of COVID-19 cases it is causing.

Article Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/omicron-variant.html
Yahoo via White House

Monday, August 23, 2021 3:54PM

WASHINGTON — A major milestone in federal vaccination approval spurred President Biden to again make the case for hesitant Americans to get inoculated against COVID-19.

Article Link: https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-repeats-plea-for-americans-to-get-vaccinated-after-pfizer-receives-full-fda-approval-195422546.html
Yahoo via White House

Monday, August 23, 2021 3:54PM

WASHINGTON — A major milestone in federal vaccination approval spurred President Biden to again make the case for hesitant Americans to get inoculated against COVID-19.

Article Link: https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-repeats-plea-for-americans-to-get-vaccinated-after-pfizer-receives-full-fda-approval-195422546.html
Yahoo News

Friday, August 13, 2021 8:31PM

The stock market continues to ignore worsening headlines on the COVID-19 Delta variant front and climb to fresh records. But given a shift in tone lately from corporate America, perhaps investors should be on high alert. Companies that had been bullish on the economic recovery from the depths of the pandemic are becoming increasingly cautious as the variant spreads.

Article Link: https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/fast-spreading-covid-19-delta-variant-is-starting-to-hit-corporate-america-123154263.html
The Hill

Friday, August 13, 2021 7:00PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday officially recommended an additional dose of coronavirus vaccines for certain people with compromised immune systems, clearing the way for doses to be administered to several million Americans as soon as possible.

Article Link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/cdc-officially-recommends-third-vaccine-dose-for-immunocompromised/ar-AANitzA
University of Miami

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:00PM

The University’s coronavirus sequencing effort uncovered that there are several variants present in its patient population, but Delta is chief among them and easily transmitted. And its presence is likely triggering a local surge in the infectious disease.

Article Link: https://news.miami.edu/stories/2021/07/new-evidence-shows-the-covid-19-delta-variant-rapidly-rising.html
The Washington Post

Saturday, July 24, 2021 8:31PM

The debate over masks is heating up again, with increasing calls for all Americans, regardless of coronavirus vaccination status, to return to wearing face coverings in indoor public places to help thwart the spread of the highly contagious delta variant. But some experts say the recommendations should specify the kind of masks people should be using.

Article Link: https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-experts-recommend-upgrading-n95-123108271.html
Business Insider

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 1:45PM

The widely used rule of staying 6 feet away from others does little to affect the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in indoor spaces, according to a new study out of MIT.

Article Link: https://www.businessinsider.com/6-ft-social-distancing-rule-exposure-indoors-2021-4
Yahoo News

Friday, April 16, 2021 12:00PM

Pfizer CEO sees need for a third vaccine dose as Moderna updates its timeline on third booster shot. Pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine remains. Yahoo Finance’s Anjalee Khemlani breaks down the details.

Article Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/pfizer-ceo-says-third-vaccine-132301567.html
Yahoo Sports

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:00PM

In a step signifying the NFL’s insistence on curbing COVID-19 exposure, the league office issued a memo to franchises Tuesday stating that it will limit the access of some team personnel who don’t submit to a vaccination.

Article Link: https://www.yahoo.com/sports/the-nfl-just-took-the-strongest-pro-vaccination-stance-in-american-pro-sports-195948943.html
CNBC

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:03AM

The Food and Drug Administration asked states on Tuesday to temporarily halt using Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine “out of an abundance of caution” after six women in the U.S. developed a rare blood-clotting disorder.

Article Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/13/us-regulators-reportedly-call-for-pause-in-use-of-johnson-johnson-vaccine-due-to-clotting-issues.html

















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