Los Angeles County announced that a more stringent health order and safety modifications will take effect Monday, November 30, 2020 and remain in effect through December 20, 2020, due to “alarming levels” of new COVID-19 cases. On Friday, health officials reported 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19.Continue Reading

On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis provided an update on new therapeutics to treat COVID-19, as well as Florida’s vaccine distribution plan once vaccines are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Watch the Governor’s update by clicking the image below or clicking HERE. Wednesday’s update follows Governor DeSantis’ recentContinue Reading

Hillsborough County has extended its state of local emergency enacted in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the mandate that face coverings must be worn in indoor locations of businesses, with certain exceptions, remains in effect. Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise Wednesday signed an extension of the declarationContinue Reading

The City of Toronto, Canada reported 420 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, putting Canada’s largest city, a population of 6,197,000 at 36,821 total cases since the pandemic started. The recent increase in cases has prompted the Province of Ontario Friday to announce further measures in Toronto and Peel Region toContinue Reading

A randomized trial of more than 6,000 participants in Denmark adds new evidence to what is known about whether masks protect the wearer from SARS-CoV-2 infection in a setting where public health measures, including social distancing, are in effect but others are not wearing masks. The DANMASK-19 trial randomized participantsContinue Reading

Michigan health officials announced this week a new emergency order that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates. Under this order, indoor residential gatherings are limited to two households at any one time. However, MDHHS stronglyContinue Reading

Legislators from California seemingly ignored the strict travel advisory during the COVID-19 pandemic as coronavirus cases surge nationwide and travelled to Maui for the Independent Voter Project’s annual policy conference. More than half a dozen California lawmakers are among the 50 people attending a policy conference at the Fairmont Kea LaniContinue Reading

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On Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s attempt to continue a state of emergency after April 30, 2020, without legislative approval was illegal. Additionally, in a 4-3 decision, the court ruled that the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which Gov. Whitmer argued allowed herContinue Reading

Tampa International Airport (TIA) announced this week the launch of the country’s first airport testing pilot that will offer two types of FDA-approved COVID-19 tests for all departing and arriving passengers. The testing site, located inside the Main Terminal near the Airside F shuttle, will offer both the rapid antigenContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced today that they will cautiously resume offering in-person visitation to families and friends of inmates beginning in October. Effective Monday, October 5, 2020, HCSO will resume non-contact visitations at the Falkenburg Road Jail Video Visitation Center. Along with allowing loved ones of inmatesContinue Reading

As COVID-19 quickly spread worldwide this spring, shortages of supplies, including the nasopharyngeal (nasal) swabs used to collect viral samples, limited diagnostic testing. Now, a multisite clinical trial led by the University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine and its primary hospital affiliate Tampa General Hospital (TGH) provides the firstContinue Reading

At the request of former Board Chair Brad Prechtl and his wife Terri, the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation (FCSF) is transferring all proceeds from the Brad & Terri Prechtl Fund to a newly-created special fund for immediate financial assistance to cancer patients who have been affected by COVID-19. The FCS Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization thatContinue Reading

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced that Sheriff Bob Gualtieri tested positive for COVID-19 Friday afternoon. Sheriff Gualtieri’s symptoms are mild and began with a loss of taste and smell. He has no fever or respiratory issues. Sheriff Gualtieri will follow direction provided by the Department of Health and remain home forContinue Reading

CareerSource Tampa Bay has more than $500,000 to assist recent high school graduates ages 16 to 24 years old, begin post-secondary training, paid-work experience, or entrepreneurial training. In response to COVID-19, CareerSource Tampa Bay’s (CSTB) Young Talent of Tampa Bay program is holding virtual informational sessions bi-weekly to inform youthContinue Reading

COVID-19 update The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported 216 COVID-19 related fatalities for Tuesday, a one day record, bringing the state total to 6,333. Of the more than 88,000 COVID-19 tests performed, 9,446 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported, slightly higher than 12 percent of the total. Florida’s totalContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported COVID-19 test results for more than 116,300 individuals on Wednesday, of which 13,965 were positive (~13 percent). This brings the state total to 315,775 cases. By county, Miami-Dade has seen 75,425 cases, followed by Broward (35,566), Palm Beach (23,711), Hillsborough (21,577) and OrangeContinue Reading