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Florida fines county $3.5M for violating vaccine mandate ban

The Florida Department of Health issued its first fine to a county that allegedly violated the state’s ban on vaccine mandates, the...
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Florida issued a $3.5 million fine against a county that enforced COVID-19 vaccine passports

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images In April, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis banned government agencies from imposing vaccine passports. On Tuesday, the state fined Leon County over $3.5 million for violating that policy. Leon County fired 14 employees who did not show proof of vaccination by the October 1 deadline. A Florida county was fined over $3.5 million by the state's health department for violating Gov. Ron DeSantis's executive ord...
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Florida fines county $3.5M for violating COVID-19 vaccine passport ban

The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday issued a fine over $3.5 million to a county government for violating the state's ban on...
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Florida court reinstates Gov. Desantis’ ban on mask mandates

By Melissa Alonso | CNN Florida’s 1st District Court on Friday reinstated a stay on mask mandates in schools, blocking local school requirements for now, court documents show. Lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis filed the emergency appeal after a judge ruled on Wednesday that the state must stop its enforcement of a mask ban. The latest court ruling comes amid a showdown between the state and some local school districts that have insisted on requiring students to wear masks as Covid-19 infections surg...
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Records lawsuit targets state of Florida over COVID-19 data

A Democratic state lawmaker and a non-profit group have filed a lawsuit alleging the Florida Department of Health has violated...
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A Florida health system is using refrigerated coolers because their morgues are full of patients who died from COVID-19

Open hospital morgue drawers used for the storage of human bodies awaiting identification or autopsy. Holly Mahaffey Photography/ Getty Images The morgues at AdventHealth in Central Florida are full because so many people have died from COVID-19, WFTV-9 reported Thursday. The hospital system is currently using refrigerated coolers to store the bodies. The overcrowding is said to be due to slowdowns at the local funeral homes, so the hospital has to store bodies longer. See more stories o...
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COVID hot zones are clamoring for antibody drugs

By Kelli Kennedy and Matthew Perrone | Associated Press People infected with COVID-19 were captured in a photo this week lying on the floor in pain while waiting for antibody infusions at a treatment site set up inside the library in Jacksonville, Florida. The image has become a vivid illustration of the huge demand for the once-neglected COVID-19 drugs in the states hit hardest by a summer surge of infections being driven by the highly contagious delta variant. “They were moaning and obviously...
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Fried: Florida Department of Health withholding weekend COVID-19 numbers

After announcing last week she would release daily reports on new COVID-19 cases in Florida, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says...
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Matt Gaetz says he has the 'freedom variant' as he mocks experts who warn about worsening COVID-19 mutations

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. AP Rep. Matt Gaetz mocked COVID-19 experts who've been warning about mutations and variants. "I got the Florida variant. I got the freedom variant," he said on Saturday at a rally. Gaetz's mocking remarks came as Florida broke its record for daily COVID-19 cases. See more stories on Insider&...
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Florida just reported its highest-ever number of daily COVID-19 cases and has become the new US epicenter for the virus

A treatment tent is seen outside the emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Florida reported its highest number of daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. More than 110,000 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded in Florida in the past week, data shows. The surge has become so drastic that one out of every five cases in the US now comes from Florida. See more stories on Insider's busine...
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Positive COVID-19 cases in Florida jumped by 50% in just the last week

A treatment tent is seen outside the emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images More than 110,000 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded in Florida in the past week, state data shows. That figure represents a spike of more than 50% compared to the last week. The surges have become so drastic that one out of every five cases in the US now comes from Florida. See more stories on Insider's business page. In ...
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Positive COVID-19 cases in Florida spiked by 50% in just the last week

A treatment tent is seen outside the emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images More than 110,000 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded in Florida in the past week, state data shows. That figure represents a spike of more than 50% compared to the last week. The surges have become so drastic that one out of every five cases in the US now comes from Florida. See more stories on Insider's business page. In ...
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Florida's Fired Covid-19 Data Manager 'Permanently Suspended' From Twitter (slashdot)

Florida's fired Department of Health data manager Rebekah Jones has been "permanently suspended" from Twitter, "for violations of the Twitter Rules on spam and platform manipulation," a Twitter spokesperson tells Slashdot. Florida's Sun-Sentinel reports: Jones, a former Department of Health data manager fired for alleged insubordination, emerged as a political lightning rod as COVID-19 cases spiked in Florida last year. Supporters see her as a whistleblower speaking truth to power and exposing...
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Florida's Fired Covid-19 Data Manager 'Permanently Suspended' From Twitter

Florida's fired Department of Health data manager Rebekah Jones has been "permanently suspended" from Twitter, "for violations of the Twitter Rules on spam and platform manipulation," a Twitter spokesperson tells Slashdot. Florida's Sun-Sentinel reports: Jones, a former Department of Health data manager fired for alleged insubordination, emerged as a political lightning rod as COVID-19 cases spiked in Florida last year. Supporters see her as a whistleblower speaking truth to power and exposing...
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Critics lash Washington Post for portraying Rebekah Jones story as 'feud' with DeSantis

The Washington Post was panned Tuesday for its story on the Twitter suspension of former Florida Department of Health employee Rebekah...
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Rebekah Jones' Twitter account suspended, DeSantis cheers

The Twitter account belonging to former Florida Department of Health data scientist Rebekah Jones was suspended on Monday for “platform...
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Florida Health Department's Actions Investigated as Fired Data Manager Now Granted 'Whistleblower' Status

In March of 2020, Florida's governor was assuring the state that there was no evidence of Covid-19 in Florida, remembers the Washington Post. But there was — as far back as January. The Tampa Bay Times reports that when questioned Florida's Department of Health told its data manager to hide that data from public view, "emails from within the agency reviewed by the Miami Herald and others show." Eventually that data manager was fired, and within months her home had been raided by gun-toting pol...
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Fired Florida Employee Receives Whistleblower Status

A former Florida Department of Health employee is getting whistleblower status a year after being fired for repeatedly violating the agency’s policy about communicating with the media.
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Florida Accuses Doctor of Malpractice in Patient's Death

The Florida Department of Health is accusing a Miami anesthesiologist of medical malpractice in the case of a 57-year-old patient who died after he wasn’t properly ventilated following a heart surgery.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issues executive order suspending all local COVID-19 restrictions in state

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Monday suspending all COVID-19 restrictions. The order superseds local authorities' pandemic rules. See more stories on Insider's business page. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Monday suspending all COVID-19 restrictions - superseding local authorities' pandemic rules.-Mary Ellen Klas (@MaryEllenKlas) May 3, ...
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Florida legislature passed a bill making it illegal for schools to require COVID-19 vaccines - but a long list of shots are already required to attend school in the state

Requiring proof of a coronavirus vaccination is becoming increasingly common as states and countries move to loosen restrictions and open up travel. Jon Cherry / Stringer / Getty Images The Florida legislature passed a bill banning schools from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations. The state of Florida requires a long list of vaccines for public school students. Gov. Ron DeSantis already passed an executive order banning businesses from requiring "vaccine passports." See more stories on Insider...
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COVID-19 cases in Florida since the spring break have surged and deaths from new variants are mounting

People walk along Ocean Drive on March 18, 2021 in Miami Beach, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida's cases of "variants of concern" surged since the spring break peak, the Orlando Sentinel reported. There were 5,177 cases involving those variants as of Thursday - six times higher than mid-March. One health expert said,https://www.insider.com/miami-beach-spring-break-photos-state-of-emergency-2021-3 "This is kind of what a lot of public health folks have been afraid of." See more ...
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Is the CDC 10-day COVID-19 quarantine guideline enough?

Researchers at the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Health evaluated test positivity rates for SARS-CoV-2 infection among student contacts. The team found that nine days are not enough to ascertain that the student did not contract the virus.
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After an Insider investigation, ICE reverses its claim that it asked states to vaccinate detained immigrants

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Samantha Lee/Insider Insider found no evidence that ICE asked states to vaccinate detainees, as the agency claimed.  ICE now says the COVID-19 vaccine rollout included doses for detainees — but some states never got the message. Read the Insider investigation that revealed how federal negligence could leave thousands of at-risk immigrants out of the largest vaccine rollout in history. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. US Immigr...
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Two Floridians attempted to get second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by dressing as elderly women

Two women were caught trying to get second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by dressing up as "grannies," the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said Thursday.
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Two Floridians attempted to get second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by dressing as elderly women

Two women were caught trying to get second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by dressing up as "grannies," the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said Thursday.
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Two Floridians attempted to get second vaccine doses by dressing as elderly women

Two women were caught trying to get second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by dressing up as "grannies," the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said Thursday.
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Vaccine tourists are traversing the US to get a COVID-19 shot. Here are 4 states treating visitors.

A healthcare worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on February 1, 2021. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images People are traveling out of state to get COVID-19 vaccines. Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Arizona have all vaccinated non-residents. Vaccine seekers may travel due to work, part-time residency, or frustration with rollout in their home state. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As Americans navi...
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ICE has no plan to vaccinate 13,860 immigrants in its custody against COVID-19. Here's how one of the US's most at-risk groups is falling through the cracks.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Samantha Lee/Insider Experts say incarcerated people should be among the first to receive the COVID vaccine. But ICE has no plan to vaccinate detainees, an Insider investigation has found. Experts raised concerns that thousands of detained immigrants were falling through the cracks. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Giovannie Morrison in October, the pandemic was burning through hi...
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More than 1,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses were spoiled, Florida health officials say

The Florida Department of Health has announced an audit of the Palm Beach County Health Care District after district officials reported that more than 1,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been spoiled.
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