Brevard County officials encourage use of new COVID treatment option to reduce hospitalizations
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brevard County Government officials provided an update Friday on the spread of the coronavirus in their community. Last week, there were 4,550 new COVID-19 cases reported in Brevard County, 200 more than the previous week. “Any false sense of hope that people have that we’re getting the upper end on thi thing is vastly false,” Brevard County Communications Director Don Walker said. However, Brevard County residents experiencing mild to moderate COVID symptoms now have another treatment option available to them. “It’s really important if you’re not feeling well...we want folks to get that treatment,” Brevard County Emergency Management Director John Scott said.wftv.com
Pelosi and McConnell receive Covid vaccine as shots are reserved for senior U.S. officials
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell received Pfizer's Covid vaccine on Friday after the attending physician in Congress urged lawmakers to sign up. Senior U.S. government officials have already started to receive the vaccine, with Vice President Mike Pence, his wife, Karen, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams getting the shot live on national television Friday morning. The general public, however, is not expected to receive the vaccine for months as doses remain limited while Pfizer ramps up production. Congress is currently negotiating a Covid relief package that is expected to provide several billion dollars for vaccine distribution. "My recommendation to you is absolutely unequivocal: there is no reason why you should defer receiving this vaccine," Monahan told Congress in a letter Thursday.cnbc.com
The Latest: Key US senators test positive for virus
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Utah Sen. Mike Lee both said Friday that they had tested positive for the virus. Michelle Lujan Grisham is taking a cautious approach to lifting health restrictions and reopening the economy. Parson and his wife, Teresa, tested positive on Sept. 23. Wim Rungwattanachinda said Thaksin tested positive again when he went to a hospital, and he was treated for about two weeks before being released. ___DES MOINES — Iowa posted more than 1,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the third consecutive day.
More than 88,500 grab-n-go meals served to Central Florida students in first day of program
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Thousands of students and parents opted to collect grab-n-go meals from Central Florida schools, according to Tuesday’s school district data. Most Central Florida school districts launched their program’s Monday. These numbers spanned across Central Florida school districts that organized pick up locations, practicing social distancing while supplying school lunches and breakfast to families who may rely on these daily meals. She took advantage of the free meals for her grandchildren. [RELATED: Florida schools offer free meals to students during extended coronavirus closures]Chad Wilsky works for Seminole County Schools in the food services department.