Florida health department says ‘no orders’ in system for pediatric COVID-19 vaccine
Following the announcement of a COVID-19 vaccine aimed at children five years of age or younger last month, the Florida Department of Health has stated that it has not preordered any of the pediatric vaccine for Florida doctors and hospitals.
Feeling the summer heat? Here are tips to prevent heat exhaustion
As the temperature rises, the Florida Department of Health provides some tips to help beat that summer heat. ORLANDO, Fla. — The summer season can bring a lot of sunshine but it can also bring high temperatures. The Florida Department of Health is warning residents and visitors about the dangers of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. But they have some tips to help beat the heat and stay cool:Stay hydratedThose who are at high risk of heat-related illness, including the elderly and young children, should stay in an air-conditioned environment (a shopping mall or a public library are good alternatives)If you need to work or exercise outside, take breaks and pace yourselfDo not leave children or pets in parked cars, even if the windows are left openUse sunscreen with a SPF 15 or higherWear a hat and lightweight, light-colored clothingLeave your pets with plenty of water in shady areasCheck local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tipsRead: ‘It’s Hot’: Outdoor workers see an increase in heat-related hazards in Central FloridaHeatstroke symptoms include any of the following:Extremely high body temperature, 103ºF or higherHot, red, dry or damp skinNo sweatingHallucinationsChillsThrobbing headacheConfusion/dizzinessSlurred speechIf someone does experience heatstroke:Call 911 right awayMove the person to a cooler placeHelp lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bathDo not give the person anything to drinkRead: How gas prices are impacting summer travelHeat exhaustion symptoms include:Heavy sweatingExtreme weakness or fatigueDizziness/confusionNauseaCold clammy/moist skinPale or flushed complexionMuscle crampsSlightly elevated body temperatureFast/shallow breathingRead: Heat wave forces more than 50 million Americans under heat advisoriesWhat to do for heat exhaustion:Move to a cool placeLoosen your clothesPut cool, wet towels/cloths on your body or take a cool bathSip waterGet medical help right away if:You are throwing upYour symptoms get worseYour symptoms last longer than 1 hourClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Orange County health officials issue blue-green algae bloom caution for two Orlando lakes
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is notifying residents of blue-green algae bloom caution for two Orlando lakes. Read: The super moon is back; here’s when to look upOn Monday the Florida Department of Health in Orange County a heath alert for the harmful toxins in Lake Ivanhoe. See map of area below:Officials learned of the blooms after water samples showed evidence of the possible contamination May 26. See map of location below:Because blooms have the potential to produce toxins, health officials advise people to take the following precautions:-Do not drink, swim, wade or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom. -Avoid getting water in your eyes, nose or mouth-Keep pets and livestock away from the waters where there is a bloom.wftv.com
Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom caution for Lake Weir
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is notifying residents near Lake Weir of a blue-green algae bloom. Read: The super moon is back; here’s when to look upOfficials learned of the bloom after water samples showed evidence of the possible contamination June 7. -Avoid getting water in your eyes, nose or mouth-Keep pets and livestock away from the waters where there is a bloom. READ: OIA releases statement after CDC lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travelBlue-green algae is a common occurrence in freshwater environments throughout Florida and can appear year-round. READ: How to cool down when the temperatures climbMore information about Florida’s water quality status and public health notifications can be found here.wftv.com
FL Dept. of Health warns of increase in mosquito-borne diseases in Osceola County
Florida agency shares photo of 1 million mosquitoes (NCD)OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health for Osceola County issued an alert Tuesday warning residents of a recent increase in mosquito-borne disease activity. Health officials say cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been confirmed in two horses in the area. The health department is also monitoring for the presence of other mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus, and malaria. Mosquitoes: What you need to know (NCD)READ: 10-year-old girl facing murder charges for Memorial Day shooting of neighborIt’s important to drain standing water to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying. The health department recommends keeping windows and doors covered with screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.wftv.com
Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom caution for Lake Dot
SANFORD, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County is notifying residents near Lake Dot of a blue-green algae bloom. Read: Neighbors worry bird flu to blame for dozens of ducks found dead in Sanford-area lakesOfficials learned of the bloom after water samples showed evidence of the possible contamination May 19. -Avoid getting water in your eyes, nose or mouth-Keep pets and livestock away from the waters where there is a bloom. READ: Florida lawmakers look to increase penalties for animal crueltyBlue-green algae is a common occurrence in freshwater environments throughout Florida and can appear year-round. READ: Florida lawmakers look to increase penalties for animal crueltyMore information about Florida’s water quality status and public health notifications can be found here.wftv.com
Power out? Here are food safety tips
Carolyn Price empties a fridge on the lower level of her property in Matagorda, Texas before Hurricane Harvey makes landfall Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. With power out to tens of thousands in the area, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County offers these food safety tips:Thaw foods in the refrigerator before cooking or serving-- Keep cold foods at 41 degrees F or below-- Cook foods for a minimum of 15 seconds as indicated below-- Chicken and other poultry and stuffed meats - 165 degrees F-- Ground beef and other ground meats - 155 degrees F-- Pork, beef, eggs, and other meats - 145 degrees F-- Once cooked, keep hot foods at 140 degrees F or above-- Cool hot foods rapidly to 41 degrees F, or below, within 4 hours of servingHandling foods-- Do not touch ready-to-eat foods with bare hands-- Use utensils to handle food, whenever possibleShould I keep it? -- If possible, do not keep leftovers. When in doubt – throw it out! Wash hands frequently with soap and running water-- After using the bathroom-- Before handling food-- When switching between raw and cooked foods-- After eating, drinking, or smoking-- After changing a diaper-- Whenever hands become contaminated-- Between changing gloves-- Make sure to keep soap and paper towels at all handwashing sinksWear gloves properly-- Wash hands and put on new gloves before handling food-- Never re-use or wash gloves-- Change gloves once they become soiled or discolored-- Change gloves when switching between raw and cooked foods-- Change gloves whenever hands become contaminated-- Always wash hands before changing into a new pair of gloves-- Remove gloves before eating, drinking, smoking, or taking out the garbageFor more information, contact your county health department or visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.FloridaDisaster.org.wftv.com
Department of Health encourages residents to help them create a stronger, healthier Marion County
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Marion County Parks and Recreation provides their residents with the space to get outside and stay active, which they say is imperative when striving to create a healthier and more vibrant community. Now, the Marion County Florida Department of Health wants to help them learn which health and wellness issues are most important to them to help create a stronger, healthier Marion County. Responses to the survey are anonymous and the information will be used to help community leaders create strategies to make all of Marion County healthier. “Our partnership with AdventHealth in conducting the Community Health Assessment is a force multiplier in working toward a healthier Marion County,” said Mark Lander, administrator of the Department of Health in Marion County. The assessment is like a GPS system guiding us on how to improve the health and wellness of all of Marion County.wftv.com
Health officials warn not to swim, boat in Lake Ivanhoe due to algae
Lake Ivanhoe Officials with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a health warning for the lake on Tuesday after blue-green algae was detected in the lake by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (Department of Health Orange County)ORLANDO, Fla. — Now is not the best time to launch your boat or dip your toes into Lake Ivanhoe. Officials with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a health warning for the lake on Tuesday after blue-green algae was detected in the lake by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Blue-green algae blooms can impact human health and ecosystems, including fish and other aquatic animals. Health CAUTION issued for Lake IVANHOE b/c of the presence of blue-green algae based on a site visit & sample by @FLDEPNews on April 25.wftv.com
Orange County Health Department encourages parents to vaccinate their kids
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — This week is National Infant Immunization Week, and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is promoting the benefits of immunizations for children from birth to two years old. NIIW focuses on educating parents, caregivers, and health care providers on the importance of childhood vaccinationsA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released in 2020 showed a significant drop in childhood vaccinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC, the downward trend continues and suggests staying up to date with your children’s routine checkups and recommended vaccine schedules. Read: Pfizer recalls Accupril tablets due to presence of cancer-causing impurityIn a news release, the FDOH in Orange County said there are 14 serious childhood illnesses that children should be vaccinated against. According to the release, the FDOH in Orange County said it is committed to increasing the rate of immunization among Florida’s children under two years old and encourages parents and caregivers to contact their doctor to schedule their child’s vaccinations.wftv.com
Florida releases new guidance on gender dysphoria treatment for children, teenagers
The Florida Department of Health released new guidance about gender dysphoria treatment for children and teenagers. Here are the new guidelines:Social gender transition should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents. Gender reassignment surgery should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents. Health leaders said Sweden, Finland, France and the United Kingdom are reviewing, reevaluating, stopping, or advising caution on the treatment of gender dysphoria in children and adolescents. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Algae bloom alert issued for Orange County lake
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — There’s a health alert in effect for an Orange County lake after the presence of a harmful toxin was detected on April 6. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County said harmful blue-green algal toxins were found in Lake Mann by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Waters with algae blooms are not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present. Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms.wftv.com
Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom caution for Lake Sue
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is notifying residents near Lake Sue of a blue-green algae bloom. Officials learned of the bloom after water samples showed evidence of the possible contamination March 21.update: Health ALERT issued for Lake SUE b/c of the presence of blue-green algae. - Keep pets and livestock away from waters where there is a bloom. More information about Florida’s water quality status and public health notifications can be found here. To report an algae bloom, contact FDEP at 855-305-3903 or online.wftv.com
Blue-green algae alert issued for Lake Sue
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a health caution alert for the presence of blue-green algae in Lake Sue on Monday. Officials said the algae was detected in a sample taken by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on March 21. The alert means that the public should exercise caution in and around Lake Sue. Contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has become ill after consuming or having contact with blue-green algae-contaminated water. READ: 2 Central Floridians win $1M in new scratch-off gameIf you have other health questions or concerns about blue-green algae blooms, please call the Florida Department of Health in Orange County Algal Bloom Information Line at 407-723-5216.wftv.com
Dr. Raul Pino returns to work in Orange County following investigation by inspector general, FDOH says
Dr. Raul Pino returns to work Friday as the head of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County following an investigation by Florida's inspector general into an email the doctor sent to staff about the rate of vaccinations within his department, according to FDOH.
Dr. Raul Pino ‘final fate’ still unknown during continuing investigation, Orange County mayor says
It’s been a month and a half since the Florida Department of Health relieved its top official in Orange County, pending an investigation the agency says it handed over to the Office of the Inspector General.
Florida averages 2,021 daily COVID cases as US outlines plan to return to normal
A new plan spells out initiatives and investments to continue to drive down serious illness and deaths from the virus, while preparing for potential new variants and providing employers and schools the resources to remain open.
Lake County to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to employees, community members, students on Thursday
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Lake County will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to district employees, community members and eligible students at an elementary school on Thursday. The event will take place at Cypress Ridge Elementary School’s Media Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The health department will be administering the Pfizer vaccine. READ: Despite recent drop in COVID-19 cases, experts continue to prepare for future variantsPfizer boosters also will be available for those who completed the initial series at least six months ago. Organizers said participants are asked to bring completed consent forms with them to the vaccination event to save time.wftv.com
Florida doctor says antibody treatments ineffective against omicron
AdventHealth in Orlando continues to offer a preventative monoclonal antibody treatment for people who’ve been exposed and have not tested positive. The treatment is aimed to help high-risk individuals reduce their chance of contracting the virus.
‘Reckless’: Monoclonal antibody treatment sites close following FDA decision to remove emergency use
(Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File) (Joe Cavaretta)Monoclonal antibody treatment sites will be closed until further notice following the Food and Drug Administration’s abrupt decision to remove its emergency use authorization for two monoclonal antibodies, the Florida Department of Health said late Monday. State officials said the FDA “without any advanced notice” revised emergency use for bamlanivimab/etesevimab and REGEN-COV. The revised emergency use does not allow providers to administer the treatments within the United States. As a result of the @US_FDA's abrupt decision to remove the EUAs for two monoclonal antibodies, monoclonal antibody treatment sites will be closed until further notice. “This indefensible edict takes treatment out of the hands of medical professionals and will cost some Americans their lives.wftv.com
New monoclonal antibody treatment sites open in Florida
Monoclonal antibody treatment: What you need to knowORLANDO, Fla. — Florida will open five new monoclonal antibody treatment sites on Tuesday. It is located at the former Walgreens location on State Road 436. Monoclonal antibody treatments are free and vaccination status does not matter. READ: Coronavirus: Total US COVID-19 cases top 65M; Florida becomes 3rd state to top 5M infectionsHealth officials said the monoclonal antibody treatment showed a 70% reduction in hospitalization and death in clinical trials. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Monoclonal antibody treatment Here are nine things you need to know about the treatment, according to Tampa General Hospital’s Global Emerging Diseases Institute.wftv.com
COVID-19 cases on the rise in Brevard County, officials say
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brevard County held its first COVID-19 briefing of the year, and cases are on the rise. There are still 100,000 to 150,000 people in the county who have not been vaccinated. However, the location does close for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.READ: COVID-19 testing site to open at Camping World Stadium next weekCounty officials said COVID-19 is pervasive throughout the county. The Florida Department of Health said Friday it is seeing 150 cases a day in school-age children, and the omicron variant may not have peaked yet. Health officials said it’s still a smaller number than what was seen during the height of delta variant infections this past summer.wftv.com
Florida releases guidance for who should get tested for COVID-19 and when
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health released updated guidelines on who officials say should get tested for COVID-19 and when. These private facilities are offering COVID-19 testing by appointmentHere’s who the department recommends should be tested and when:Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 and who are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:Should get tested for COVID-19 soon after symptom onset. Should seek early monoclonal antibody or antiviral drug treatment and seek other medical treatment as necessary. READ: Coronavirus: CDC clarifies isolation guidanceIndividuals with symptoms and who are not at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:Consider getting tested for COVID-19 soon after symptom onset. Seek medical treatment only as necessary.wftv.com
Lake County to offer vaccines and boosters at select schools as COVID-19 cases rise
Lake County to offer vaccines and boosters at select schools as COVID-19 cases riseLAKE COUNTY. Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Lake County will continue offering COVID vaccines and boosters at select schools for eligible students, staff and community residents starting Tuesday. Students return to school on Tues, Jan. 4, amid heightened concerns about the increasing number of positive COVID cases in Florida and around the country. Here are a few things you should know before classes resume: https://t.co/MiQ1eBYBn3 pic.twitter.com/pM7L7Skvcy — Lake County Schools (@lakeschools) December 30, 2021FIRST DOSEJan. 4: Leesburg Elementary Cafeteria, 4-6 p.m.Jan. 6: Triangle Elementary Media Center, 4-6 p.m.Feb. 15: Sawgrass Bay Elementary Media Center, 4-6 p.m.Feb. 17: Cypress Ridge Elementary Media Center, 4-6 p.m.SECOND DOSEJan. 25: Leesburg Elementary Cafeteria, 4-6 p.m.Jan. 27: Triangle Elementary Media Center, 4-6 p.m.March 8: Sawgrass Bay Elementary Media Center, 4-6 p.m.March 10: Cypress Ridge Elementary Media Center, 4-6 p.m.READ: Coronavirus: Isolate or quarantine? LCS employees return to work on Monday, Jan. 3, and students to school on Tuesday, Jan. 4.wftv.com
Rise in breakthrough COVID-19 cases expected, experts say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Scientists said they believe COVID-19 cases and reinfections are on the rise. READ: Here’s where you can find COVID-19 testing in Central FloridaThe department has not issued updated numbers, but doctors anticipate that percentage is higher now after the explosion of cases. With so many people testing positive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expected a higher number of breakthrough cases. New research shows that breakthrough cases are more common in older individuals and women. People with HIV infection, rheumatoid arthritis and solid organ transplant had a higher rate of breakthrough infection.wftv.com
Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom caution for Lake Chelton
Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom caution for Lake Cheltone The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has issued a Health Caution for the presence of blue-green algae in Lake Chelton. (Florida Department Of Health Orange County)WINTER PARK, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is notifying residents near Lake Chelton of a blue-green algae bloom. Officials learned of the bloom after water samples showed evidence of the possible contamination Dec. 28. More information about Florida’s water quality status and public health notifications can be found here. To report an algae bloom, contact FDEP at 855-305-3903 or online.wftv.com
Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom caution for Lake Estelle
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is notifying residents near Lake Estelle of a blue-green algae bloom. Officials learned of the bloom after water samples showed evidence of the possible contamination Dec. 27. Read: Walt Disney World announces reopening date for Typhoon LagoonBlue-green algae is a common occurrence in freshwater environments throughout Florida and can appear year-round. To report an algae bloom, contact FDEP at 855-305-3903 or online. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
Free vaccination events to take place throughout Orlando this week
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Orange County will host several free COVID-19 vaccination events this week. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available, as well as the flu shot for those under 55 years old. The vaccinations are offered on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. UPDATE: Holiday travel continues to surge at OIA, here are the latest parking updatesSee the full schedule below. MondayBelle Isle Old Bank of America Building6003 Hansel Ave., Orlando3-7 p.m.READ: Coronavirus tests: How can you get an at-home COVID-19 test?wftv.com
Brevard County now community of ‘substantial transmission’ for COVID-19, CDC says
After a second week of increasing COVID-19 cases, the Space Coast once again became a community of 'substantial transmission', according to data released by the Florida Department of Health on Friday and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicators.
Orlando Science Center to host COVID-19 vaccine event, offer free tickets to visitors
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Science Center will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine event later this month. READ: New eye drops could replace reading glasses for millionsThe event will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Those who get a vaccine will receive a complimentary ticket for general admission that can be redeemed either later that day or on their next visit, the science center said. READ: US expands COVID-19 booster recommendations to include 16- and 17-year-oldsThe science center will host presentations on COVID-19 vaccines work and how mRNA vaccines are developed throughout the day. For more information about the vaccine event, click here or call 407-514-2000.wftv.com
Where you can get COVID-19 vaccine, free at-home tests in Seminole County this week
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seminole County is offering free at-home COVID-19 tests and vaccine shots this week. Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health in Seminole will offer a COVID-19 vaccine and at-home test kit distribution drive-thru event at Winter Springs High School, 130 Tuskawilla Road, on Saturday. BinaxNOW rapid at-home test kits will be distributed in the football stadium parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon, or until supplies last. READ: Health officials give away 5K at-home COVID-19 test kits in Seminole CountyCounty officials said the rapid at-home kits will alleviate laboratory delays and test-site traffic with the anticipated influx of individuals requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test for travel throughout the holiday season. Each household at the distribution event will receive a family six-pack of Abbott BinaxNOW rapid at-home test kits with virtual proctor instructions, which has a $150 value.wftv.com
Florida averages 1,547 daily COVID cases as DeSantis signs anti-vaccine mandate laws
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off on four bills Thursday to prohibit mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for Florida students and workers, calling HB 1B the “strongest piece of legislation” enacted against such mandates anywhere in the U.S.
Osceola County to offer COVID-19 vaccines for students ages 5 and up this week
Osceola County to offer COVID-19 vaccines for students ages 5 and up this weekOSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County will host a COVID-19 vaccination event for students ages 5 and up this week. The free vaccine event will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1875 Fortune Road in Kissimmee. This event is for all Osceola County students ages 5 and older who are attending public, private, charter and virtual schools. FDOH-Osceola continues to offer the Pfizer vaccine for those 5 years of age and older and the Moderna vaccine for those 18 and older by appointment. READ: Millions of Ellume COVID-19 home tests recalled over manufacturing defectResidents interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination may call 407-552-0120.wftv.com
Florida Department of Health gives away 5,000 at-home COVID-19 test kits in Seminole County
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The Seminole County Government, along with the Florida Department of Health, gave out 5,000 free COVID-19 at-home, rapid test kits at the Oviedo Mall Tuesday.
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Florida averages 1,581 daily COVID cases as US announces vaccine mandate for companies
The U.S. on Thursday announced a sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate that will require workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or get tested for the virus if they work at a company with more than 100 employees.