Los Angeles health officials confirms first monkeypox death
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County health officials confirmed that a resident with a compromised immune system has died from monkeypox. >> Read more trending newsThe Los Angeles County Department of Health confirmed in a news release on Monday along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that one person has died from monkeypox in Los Angeles County. >> Monkeypox patient dies in Texas; cause of death pending autopsyThe AP said that public health officials in Texas reported on August 30 that a person diagnosed with the disease had died. The U.S. has the most cases of monkeypox globally with 21,985 confirmed cases, according to the CDC per the AP. The CDC recommends the monkeypox vaccine to anyone who may have been in close contact with someone who has it.wftv.com
More polio virus detected in upstate New York wastewater
ALBANY, N.Y. — (AP) — State health officials in New York are warning of expanding “community spread” of the polio virus after it was found in wastewater samples from another upstate county. The state Department of Health said Friday the polio virus was detected in four samples from Sullivan County, two each in July and August. The Sullivan County samples are genetically-linked to the case of paralytic polio in Rockland County. The virus has now been identified in wastewater samples in three contiguous counties north of New York City: Rockland, Orange and Sullivan. The polio virus also has been found in New York City sewage.wftv.com
Few signs of progress in high-level Ukraine talks
Few signs of progress were reported as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres met with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy in a high-powered bid to ratchet down the war with Russia. (Aug. 19)news.yahoo.com
UK to offer 4th COVID-19 vaccine shot to all 50 and over
LONDON — (AP) — The British government said Friday that everyone 50 or over will be offered a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine in the fall, lowering the age threshold from the previously announced 65. The Department of Health said it had accepted advice from the U.K.’s independent vaccines adviser about the autumn booster program. Like many European countries, Britain is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, driven by the ultra-contagious BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the omicron strain. The Office for National Statistics estimates that 1 in 19 people in England had the virus in the week ending July 6. The U.K. has one of Europe’s highest official death tolls in the pandemic, with almost 178,000 confirmed deaths of people who tested positive.wftv.com
3 cases of monkeypox reported in Central Florida
Video: 3 cases of monkeypox reported in Central FloridaORLANDO, Fla. — More cases of monkeypox are popping up in Central Florida. The Department of Health in Seminole County reported its first case on Monday. READ: First case of monkeypox reported in Orange CountyThere are now 13 confirmed or probable cases statewide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said monkeypox can be serious, but it’s rare and currently a low threat to Americans. READ: Florida reports first presumptive monkeypox case in the stateThe disease usually spreads by direct physical contact.wftv.com
Measles confirmed in 2 young, unvaccinated siblings in Minnesota, health officials say
Measles confirmed in 2 young, unvaccinated siblings in Minnesota, health officials say A measles vaccine is prepared on September 10, 2019, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS — Two young, unvaccinated siblings in Minnesota have been diagnosed with measles, state health officials said Tuesday. >> Read more trending newsAccording to the Pioneer Press and WCCO-TV, the Minnesota Department of Health said it is investigating the confirmed cases, which occurred in two children from Hennepin County. “The two children developed symptoms shortly after returning from a visit to a country where measles is common,” the department said in a news release. It’s important that we work on getting our immunization rates back up where they need to be so that all children in Minnesota are protected.”©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Florida agency looks to deny gender affirming treatments for transgendered people
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration issued a report Thursday that could set the stage for the Medicaid program to deny coverage for treatments such as puberty-blocking medication and hormone therapy for transgender people.
Marion County Department of Health wants you to ‘BE FAST’ with stopping strokes
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — May is Stroke Awareness Month and the Marion County Department of Health wants residents to know the importance of knowing risk factors, symptoms and prevention tips for strokes. The risk of having a stroke increases as we get older, but a stroke can happen at any age. According to the most recent Florida Department of Health data, Marion County had the fourth-lowest death rate for strokes among Florida’s 67 counties. pic.twitter.com/HavwMODhkA — Department of Health in Marion County (@FLHealthMarion) May 13, 2022“While we are fortunate that our community has a relatively low death rate from stoke, other data shows that a stroke is an issue we must take seriously,” said Mark Lander, administrator of the Department of Health in Marion County. Read: Florida Earth Day student art contest winner’s announcedTo learn more about strokes and stroke prevention, please visit the American Stroke Association at www.stroke.org , or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/stroke/ .wftv.com
Stetson University to start fall classes without face mask requirements
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Stetson University will not require face masks in classrooms when students return in the fall. The school said the fall semester will start outside of the university’s COVID-19 tier system. School officials said they will continue to follow state Department of Health guidelines for isolation, and that testing measures will be determined over the summer, depending on the health situation at the time. “The Stetson Safer Campus Task Force will continue to monitor local, state and global concerns around COVID-19, and it will continue to communicate adjustments if there are changes that escalate the health concern to our community,” officials said. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Dr. Raul Pino leaves Department of Health, appointed Orange County Director of Health Services
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Dr. Raul Pino, former Chief Health Officer of the Department of Health in Orange County, has been appointed Orange County Director of Health Services by Mayor Jerry Demings, the county announced Tuesday afternoon. Pino is a revered public health expert in Orange County,” Demings said in a news release. READ: DeSantis: Florida lawmakers to consider ending Disney’s self-governing power during special sessionPino served as the Chief Health Officer of the Department of Health in Orange County for the past three years. Pino has a rich history in working with our Health Services Department to meet the needs of our community,” said Mayor Demings. In January, while in his role with the Department of Health, Pino was placed on administrative leave after he sent an email on Jan. 4 to Orange County Department of Health staff regarding employee COVID-19 vaccination rates.wftv.com
Red fox caught on US Capitol grounds euthanized, tested positive for rabies
WASHINGTON — A female red fox captured on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday was euthanized and has tested positive for rabies, a spokesperson for the Humane Rescue Alliance said Wednesday. The D.C. public health lab “has confirmed the fox tested positive for the rabies virus,” spokesperson Sam Miller told The Washington Post. A mother red fox captured Tuesday on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol has been euthanized and has tested positive for rabies, said a spokeswoman for the Humane Rescue Alliance. >> Red fox captured after attacks reported on US Capitol groundsBera, D-California, said the adult fox bit him on Monday as he was walking outside the Capitol. Approximately 120,000 animals annually in the U.S. are tested for rabies and about 6% are found to be rabid, the Post reported.wftv.com
COVID-19 testing location at Sanford SunRail Station closing Friday
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seminole County announced that its COVID-19 testing location at the Sanford SunRail Station will close at the end of the day Friday. The county said it’s the second community-based testing site to close due to decreased demand. There are three remaining testing sites in Seminole: Altamonte Springs SunRail, Red Bug Lake Park, and Seminole County Museum. The Department of Health also has a permanent COVID-19 testing location at the main campus on Airport Boulevard. READ: Coronavirus: People can order four more free COVID-19 testsClick here for more information.wftv.com
Pritzker halts school mask mandate with arrival of new CDC guidance
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said new federal COVID-19 guidance unveiled Friday will allow the state of Illinois to remove its school mask mandate on Monday, coinciding with the halting of the hotly debated virus mitigation strategy for the general public.chicagotribune.com
‘16 & Pregnant’ star Jordan Cashmyer died from fentanyl, cocaine intoxication
Jordan Cashmyer, a 2014 alum of MTV’s “16 & Pregnant,” died on Jan. 16 from fentanyl and cocaine intoxication, the Maryland Department of Health’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner announced. Cashmyer starred alongside her family and former boyfriend, Derek Taylor, in a 2014 episode of “16 & Pregnant,” People reported. Jordan Cashmyer, who appeared as a teenager on MTV's reality show "16 and Pregnant" in 2014, died last month at age 27 of fentanyl and cocaine intoxication, according to the medical examiner. >>’16 & Pregnant’ star Jordan Cashmyer dead at 26Cashmyer later welcomed daughter Genevieve Shae Taylor, born on March 7, 2014, according to an announcement from MTV at the time. >> ‘16 and Pregnant’ star Jordan Cashmyer’s family confirms cause of deathAccording to a GoFundMe page set up to cover Cashmyer’s funeral expeses.wftv.com
Florida looks to bar doctor from practicing for five years after undercover agents lied to him to get medical marijuana
State health officials are asking an administrative law judge to permanently ban a Tallahassee physician from ordering medical marijuana for patients, suspend his medical license...orlandoweekly.com
US Navy appeals Hawaii order to drain military fuel tanks
Attorneys for the U.S. Navy on Wednesday appealed Hawaii's order that it drain massive tanks that store fuel in the hills above Pearl Harbor, saying the state wrongly concluded the tanks posed an imminent threat that requires immediate action. A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu asks a judge to stop the order. The motion said the Navy hopes to resolve its differences with Hawaii through negotiation but filed a complaint anyway because of time restrictions under Hawaii law.news.yahoo.com
Orange County mayor issues statement in support of suspended health director
Mayor Demings and Dr. Raul Pino Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings is showing his support for Orange County Health Director Dr. Raul Pino after he was placed on administrative leave by state health officials. (WFTV.com News Staff)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings is showing his support for Orange County Health Director Dr. Raul Pino after he was placed on administrative leave by state health officials. READ: Orange County health director Dr. Raul Pino placed on administrative leaveDemings, who is working from home after contracting COVID-19, released a statement in support of Pino:“Dr. Pino wrote an email telling employees that the low vaccination rate at the Orange County Department of Health was irresponsible. He wrote that only 38.5% of health department employees had two COVID-19 shots and only 13.5% got their booster shots.wftv.com
Live updates: Tulane delays spring start over virus surge
(Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) (Andrew Rush)NEW ORLEANS — Tulane University in New Orleans is delaying the start of its spring semester because of the latest surge in coronavirus cases, and another private school says students must get booster shots before returning. — Health officials in Missouri say the omicron variant of the coronavirus has spread across much of Missouri, according to wastewater testing data. He says that tests a week earlier detected the omicron variant in just St. Joseph and in the Kansas City area. He said Asian countries are seeing COVID-19 cases decline overall, unlike in North America and Europe. ___SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile plans to offer a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine to its citizens.wftv.com
Omicron variant found in Central Florida wastewater, city manager says
How contagious is the omicron variant? A study from South Africa shows that while the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus appears to be more contagious than the delta variant, it may not cause severe disease in most people. (yalcinsonat1/Getty Images/iStockphoto)ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Channel 9 has learned that the omicron variant has been found in the wastewater in Altamonte Springs. So far, no one has tested positive for the omicron variant in our area. Channel 9 told you last week that the city began testing for the Omicron variant in the city’s wastewater which also includes a portion of northern Orange County.wftv.com
Central Florida county deemed ‘rapid riser’ for COVID-19 cases
Rapid rise COVID-19 The White House said the only county in the entire state reporting a “rapid rise” in COVID-19 cases is here in Central Florida. (WFTV.com News Staff)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The White House said the only county in the entire state reporting a “rapid rise” in COVID-19 cases is here in Central Florida. Nearly two weeks later, county leaders said they are aware of the White House report and continue to monitor cases in the community. Florida continues to be among states with the lowest rate of COVID-19 cases with mostly “moderate” level of transmission. Over the last three weeks, Orange County has reported 673 cases, 718 cases, and 905 cases.wftv.com
Omicron: 1st case of COVID-19 variant detected in Utah;, Massachusetts NY confirms 3 new cases
Massachusetts confirms first cases of omicron variant Officials in both Massachusetts and Utah on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, confirmed their first cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. ,Officials in both Massachusetts and Utah have confirmed their first cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, health officials in New York confirmed Saturday that three more omicron variant cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of statewide cases linked to the new variant to eight. To date, seven of the state’s omicron cases have been detected in New York City, while the eighth was found in Suffolk County. On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, confirmed that the first case of the omicron variant had been confirmed in California.wftv.com
Coronavirus: Minnesota confirms first case of omicron variant
Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday that a laboratory has confirmed the state’s first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19. >> Read more trending newsIn a statement, officials said the variant was responsible for the infection of a Minnesota resident who had recently traveled to New York City. “We know that this virus is highly infectious and moves quickly throughout the world. Minnesotans know what to do to keep each other safe now — get the vaccine, get tested, wear a mask indoors, and get a booster. Together, we can fight this virus and help keep Minnesotans safe.”>> Related: Coronavirus: First case of omicron variant discovered in USThe case is at least the second confirmed nationwide after officials announced the first confirmed case of the omicron variant in California on Wednesday.wftv.com
Brevard County to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine for kids on Monday
Orange County schools to offer COVID-19 vaccines for children this week Central Florida is starting to see the rollout process of the COVID-19 vaccine for young children.
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The Brevard County Department of Health will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11.
FDOH-Brevard said it will begin offering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines starting Monday.
The vaccine will be available at its Viera clinic at 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way.
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Flagler County COVID-19 vaccine event offers shots for people with diabetes
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Any adult with type 1 or 2 diabetes can sign up for the coronavirus vaccine during a special event in Palm Coast happening April 8. The Flagler County Department of Health and AdventHealth Palm Coast are hosting the vaccine event from 9 a.m. to noon. Dr. Stephen Bickel, medical director for DOH-Flagler, said people with diabetes are more vulnerable to COVID-19, according to early studies of the virus. Those interested in receiving the Moderna vaccine must preregister with DOH-Flagler’s Diabetes Education Center by calling 386-313-7263 or 386-313-7264. On the day of the vaccinations, people should head to 60 Memorial Parkway in Palm Coast and enter the hospital near the outpatient entrance and follow signage to Classroom D.
Extent of COVID-19 vaccine waste remains largely unknown
A woman arrives for her first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Friday, March 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone to waste across the country. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone to waste across the country. AdBy comparison, waste of the COVID-19 vaccine appears to be quite small, though the U.S. government has yet to release numbers shedding insight on its extent. In Tennessee, wasted, spoiled or unused doses aren't publicly disclosed on the state's online COVID-19 vaccine dashboard. Ohio's health department reported 2,349 doses wasted or spoiled as of February.
Florida surpasses 30,000 coronavirus deaths as more get vaccine
Florida’s Department of Health reports that 30,065 state residents have died and more than 1.8 million have been infected. Officials say 530 people who live outside the state have died of the virus in Florida. On Monday, there were 4,147 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida, according to a state online census of hospital beds. AdGeller noted that there are 340,000 seniors in Broward County and only about 250,000 of them will want the vaccine when it is first available. We will continue to work to ensure that every senior in Florida that wants a vaccine, will receive a vaccine,” he said.
The Latest: Mexico receives shipment of Sputnik V vaccine
A medical worker prepares a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a local rural medical post in the village of Ikhala in Russias Karelia region, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)MEXICO CITY — Mexico has received its first shipment of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. Mexico received its first shipment of vaccines from Pfizer in mid-December, but turned to Sputnik V in January when other expected vaccine shipments were delayed. The company reiterated that it will have capacity to provide 100 million vaccine doses to the U.S. by the end of June. ___WASHINGTON — The White House now says it expects to catch up by mid-week on deliveries of coronavirus vaccine doses that were delayed by severe weather.
Is the demand for coronavirus testing decreasing?
The lines looked similar at the statewide testing site at the Orange County Convention Center Thursday afternoon. News 6 asked Mayor Demings if the decrease in the demand for testing could reduce the number of days the site is open. “That may be something we would do going into the future.”AdCounty officials said they will determine to keep Barnett Park open on a month-by-month basis. As for the potential reasons for the decrease in testing demand, Orange County Department of Health’s Dr. Raul Pino said there are multiple factors. “We have seen this before, when we went off the increase from last summer, we saw the decrease in demand.
UK tests house-to-house in hunt for new COVID-19 variant
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON – England has begun house-by-house COVID-19 testing in some communities as authorities try to snuff out a new variant of the coronavirus before it spreads widely and undermines a nationwide vaccination program. Public health officials are concerned about the variant first identified in South Africa because it contains a mutation of the virus’ characteristic spike protein that existing vaccines target. No conclusive evidence has emerged to show the Kent variant causes more serious COVID-19 cases or deaths. In recent weeks, scientists also identified new, more contagious variants in South Africa and Brazil, both of which contained the spike protein mutation. AdIn hopes of preventing those variants from becoming widespread in Britain, the government has barred travel from South Africa, South America and Portugal, a popular European transit point for travelers from South America.
Brazil neighbors limit travel to halt virus strain's spread
And Peru on Jan. 26 banned air traffic from Brazil; the governor of Peru’s Loreto department bordering Brazil called on the government to shut down land crossings, too. The clampdown comes as Manaus, the Amazon rainforest’s largest city and the site of the variant's outbreak, suffers a brutal second wave of infections. Other cities in Brazil’s Amazon region have been crushed since, including Porto Velho, capital of neighboring Rondonia state. Brazil’s former health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told newspaper O Globo on Thursday that the new strain could cause a “mega-epidemic” across Brazil within 60 days. “There is no guarantee it won’t reach (Brazil’s) border with Venezuela, with Colombia, Suriname, Guyana,” Díaz Mirabal, who is of the Wakuenai Kurripako ethnicity, said in a Zoom call with reporters.
VIRUS TODAY: Lawmakers call for race data on vaccine access
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, people line up for the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site outside St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the Bronx borough of New York. Data from some states has shown hard-hit nonwhite Americans who are eligible to get the vaccine are not receiving it in proportion to their share of the population. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, all of Massachusetts, say the agency must work with states, municipalities and private labs to collect and publish demographic data about vaccine recipients. Without that information, policymakers and health workers cannot efficiently identify vaccine disparities in the hardest-hit communities, the lawmakers say. Dr. Paul Offit of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a vaccine adviser to the U.S. government, on the slow and steady process of scaling up vaccine production.
NY data show nursing home deaths undercounted by thousands
Andrew Cuomo's administration confirmed Thursday that thousands more nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than the state's official tallies had previously acknowledged, dealing a potential blow to his image as a pandemic hero. “Families like mine knew these numbers were not correct.”Cuomo’s office referred all questions to the state health department. Zucker's figure of 12,743 nursing home resident deaths included for the first time 3,829 confirmed COVID-19 fatalities of those residents who had been transported to hospitals. Her investigators looked at a sample of 62 of the state’s roughly 600 nursing homes. They reported 1,914 deaths of residents from COVID-19, while the state Department of Health logged only 1,229 deaths at those same facilities.
New vaccine sites in Lake County include Lake Square Mall, Amazon warehouse
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lake Square Mall and an Amazon Distribution warehouse parking lot will host Lake County Department of Health’s newest coronavirus vaccine sites, the agency announced Tuesday. The Lake County Board of County Commissioners said Tuesday the county is now participating in the state-run vaccine appointment system, using that number. That site is not offering first doses but only the booster for people who received their first Moderna shot at a Lake County vaccine site. According to the DOH vaccine report, Lake County has administered more than 32,000 first doses of the vaccine as of Monday. The best way to find vaccine information in Lake County is online at lake.floridahealth.gov or the DOH-Lake COVID-19 Hotline at 352-268-9299.
Minnesota case marks 1st detection of Brazil variant in US
Britain is the fifth country in the world to record 100,000 virus-related deaths, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, and by far the smallest. The Brazilian variant was first identified in four travelers who were tested at an airport outside Tokyo, Japan. The CDC has reported at least 195 cases of the U.K. variant in the United States. The South African variant has not been discovered in the United States. Reinfection is rare, but Brazil has confirmed a case in someone with the new variant who had been sickened with a previous version several months earlier.
Mount Dora COVID-19 vaccine site offering second doses, no initial shots
MOUNT DORA, Fla. – The Lake County Department of Health will begin offering the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mount Dora this week. The DOH site will only be offering second doses at this site, no first doses, according to an email from Mount Dora Mayor Cathy Hoechst. It’s unclear when the site at 6803 Old Highway 441 South will begin giving first doses again as of Jan. 25. People who got their first dose from Lake County DOH will be contacted for an appointment. Beginning in February, by appointment only, the DOH will begin administering the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Lake County ready to begin giving out 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccine
The Lake County Department of Health will begin offering second dose COVID-19 immunizations next week. Second dose recipients will need to have a photo ID and the CDC vaccination card provided at their first shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people should get their second shot as close to the recommended 3-week or 1-month interval as possible. However, there is no maximum interval between the first and second doses for either vaccine and you should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval. After nearly a month of chaos during Florida’s rollout of vaccines to its most vulnerable residents the state opened a vaccine appointment hotline.
Department of Health in Marion County moving vaccine operations to Paddock Mall
The Department of Health in Marion County is moving its COVID-19 vaccination operations to Paddock Mall, located at 3100 Southwest College Road in Ocal, beginning on Tuesday. The site, a joint venture with AdventHealth Ocala, Marion County Emergency Management, and Paddock Mall, will be available for vaccinations by appointment only. The site at Paddock Mall will be a walk-up operation instead of a drive-through operation that other vaccination sites have used. People with vaccination appointments will park at the Paddock Mall entrance nearest the Belk department store entrance on Southwest College Road. The Paddock Mall vaccination site is currently scheduled to be open for appointments each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Select Publix pharmacy locations will offer coronavirus vaccine shots in Florida
Ron DeSantis revealed some Publix grocery store pharmacies will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible groups during an impromptu news conference last week. According to the website, 11 Marion county locations, eight Hernando County stores and three Citrus County locations will offer the shots. “Tomorrow morning when customers wake up they can go online, and they can start scheduling appointments,” Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous said Wednesday. DeSantis said if the pilot program goes well Publix could offer vaccines at more of its locations around the state. The county health department opened up reservations on Dec. 28 but after receiving more than 50,000 requests, closed its application portal.
Polk County opens COVID-19 vaccine appointment hotline for seniors
AP Illustration/Peter HamlinPOLK COUNTY, Fla. – The Polk County Department of Health will open a phoneline Friday to begin making vaccine appointments for people 65 and older. The health care group includes EMTs and paramedics as well as Department of Health staff. To make an appointment in Polk County, call 863-298-7500 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Polk County’s Board of County Commissioners has partnered with the Florida Department of Health to help facilitate and expedite the vaccinations in our county,” Polk County Commission Chairman Rick Wilson said in a statement. Polk County received its first doses of the shots on Dec. 28 and has given out more than 5,400.
Seminole County debuts mobile unit to help vaccinate senior communities
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Serenity Towers in Sanford was transformed into a coronavirus vaccination site Tuesday morning, with the introduction of its mobile unit. “We started mobile delivery today to individuals that are transportation disadvantaged and seniors,” said Alan Harris, Seminole County’s Emergency Director. “I have grandkids and it was nice (of) the health department and the fire department to come out and help us today,” she said. Seminole County is actively hiring and recruiting volunteers to help with consent forms and the logistics of setting up these mobile sites. Seminole County plans to bring the mobile units out to Hacienda Village, Palm Valley and The Tremont senior communities by Saturday to vaccinate even more seniors.
Marion County suspends vaccine appointment registration with 50,000 requests
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)MARION COUNTY, Fla. – The Department of Health in Marion County is set to begin providing people 65 and older with their first doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday after more than 50,000 people requested appointments for shots. The county opened registration for appointments on Dec. 28 but after receiving more than 50,000 requests, closed its application portal. After the call back and screening process, they should receive a vaccine appointment. Staff will call to schedule a vaccination appointment as vaccine becomes available. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is a two-shot series, with the second shot being provided 28 days after the first shot.
Some health care workers have been told they can’t get the COVID-19 vaccine
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Some health care workers not employed or affiliated by hospital systems have been told they can’t get the coronavirus vaccine. Ron DeSantis’ executive order clearly names health care workers as a priority. However, there is confusion as to where and when those health care workers outside of the hospital systems can be vaccinated. Last week, the Seminole County Department of Health was given 8,100 vaccinations to administer to those 65 and older and non-hospital health care workers, but Harris said they got a call from the state to not incorporate health care workers. Proof of employment can include a work identification badge or paystub from health care employer.
Florida reports nearly 13,500 new cases as state begins inoculating 4 million seniors
Seniors who were eager to protect themselves against COVID-19 formed long lines snaked around Orange County Convention Center’s north concourse for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Tuesday. On Tuesday, Florida reported its highest positivity rate for new infections in months at nearly 23%. Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Dec. 30:CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 13,495 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,306,123 cases since March. Editor’s note: Along with the resources previously utilized by News 6 (state and county-by-county data), as of Dec. 7, WKMG has added state data pulled from the Florida Department of Health’s Florida COVID19 State Testing Totals. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
UK is first to authorize easy-to-handle AstraZeneca vaccine
Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.K. have already received at least one shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use, did not endorse one vaccine over the other. Britain’s action likely means the World Health Organization could soon clear the AstraZeneca vaccine for use in a global effort to help poor countries, called COVAX. The European Medicines Agency said it is still assessing the AstraZeneca vaccine and has asked the company for more information on its quality, safety and effectiveness. In addition to the Serum Institute, AstraZeneca has deals with vaccine makers in Brazil, South Africa and China.
The Latest: South Korea enforces tough measures in prisons
The others are the lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Kansas Supreme Court chief justice and four Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature. The legislative leaders and the state’s Republican attorney general passed, for now, because not all health care workers and nursing home residents have received theirs. The governor also said Wednesday that “hundreds” of other, non-elected state officials have been made eligible for early vaccines by their agencies. The others are the lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Kansas Supreme Court chief justice and four Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature. Most of those Republicans said they didn’t want to jump in line ahead of health care workers, nursing home residents or other vulnerable Kansans.
Orange County rolls out plan to vaccinate 65+ residents at Convention Center
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County leaders revealed the plan to vaccinate older residents and keep the community informed on broader COVID-19 vaccination plans that include a website, app, text, email and community centers. The Orange County Department of Health began administering shots to EMTs and paramedics at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said beginning Tuesday, people 65 and older can begin getting their vaccines at the Orange County Convention Center between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Appointments will be required and the site is open to anyone, not just Orange County residents, according to county officials. “Wear your mask, help stop spread.”The goal is to vaccinate 1,500 residents per day at the Orange County Convention Center.
Florida seniors next in line for vaccine as state reports 11,000 new COVID-19 cases
[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: With Moderna vaccine shipments arriving, Florida reports 10,000 new COVID-19 cases]If you are having trouble viewing the dashboard on mobile, click here. All state-supported COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Dec. 23:CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 11,036 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,234,399 cases since March. Editor’s note: Along with the resources previously utilized by News 6 (state and county-by-county data), as of Dec. 7, WKMG has added state data pulled from the Florida Department of Health’s Florida COVID19 State Testing Totals. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
Lava lake forms as Hawaii volcano erupts after 2-year break
A plume rises near active fissures in the crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. A spokeswoman for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park says the volcanic activity is a risk to people in the park Monday and that caution is needed. Geological Survey via AP)HONOLULU – Lava was rising more than 3 feet (1 meter) per hour in the deep crater of a Hawaii volcano that began erupting over the weekend after a two-year break, scientists said Tuesday. Kilauea volcano within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island was gushing molten rock from at least two vents inside its summit crater, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had a lava lake in its crater for the last decade of that eruption.