COVID

Ben Montgomery
Mar 29, 2022 - COVID

Florida politics prove deadly when it comes to COVID

Data: Axios analysis of CDC data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios
Data: Axios analysis of CDC data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

COVID is killing more people per 100,000 in red states than in blue states, Axios' Will Chase and Caitlin Owens report.

Why it matters: "The COVID-19 pandemic removed any doubt that state policies can affect health outcomes," Virginia Commonwealth University professor Steven Woolf recently argued in JAMA.

Florida surgeon general advises against kids' COVID vaccine

Dr Joseph Ladapo with his name on the screen underneath him
Screenshot: Governor Ron DeSantis/YouTube

Florida is about to be the first state to recommend healthy children ages 5-17 not get vaccinated against COVID-19.

What's happening: Florida surgeon general Dr. Joseph Ladapo made the announcement at the end of a roundtable — titled "The Curtain Close on COVID Theater" — hosted Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 13, 2022 - COVID

COVID still worries Americans

Data: University of South Florida; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

😬 We're worried about Omicron.

Driving the news: Per a new public opinion survey from the University of South Florida, nearly 75% of Americans are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about emerging variants.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 13, 2022 - COVID

Florida's stockpiled COVID tests can be used

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks in Nov.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks in Nov. Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP

The FDA extended the expiration date on one million COVID-19 test kits that have become a political football in recent weeks, per the Times/Herald.

Florida records its first two Omicron cases

Data: CDC; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

The Omicron variant has hit Tampa Bay.

What's happening: After Florida's first known Omicron coronavirus case was reported in St. Lucie County on Monday, the state's second case was identified at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Selene San Felice
Nov 17, 2021 - COVID

Thousands of kids around Tampa Bay are getting vaxxed

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Families across Tampa Bay are finally getting the COVID-19 vaccine for their children.

By the numbers: Nearly 45,000 children aged 5 to 11 got their shot last week when smaller doses of Pfizer arrived in Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Selene San Felice
Nov 16, 2021 - COVID

Dog-loving hero Jack Novoselski dies at 76

Jack Novoselski, founder of SouthEast Beagle Rescue, whispered the promise of a better life to each dog his organization rescued.
Jack Novoselski, founder of SouthEast Beagle Rescue, whispered the promise of a better life to each dog his organization rescued. Photo courtesy of Lynn Keeney

It's highly likely no one in Tampa Bay loved beagles more than Jack Novoselski.

What's happening: Kristin Hare's latest beautiful obit for the Tampa Bay Times memorializes Novoselsk, a dog-loving hero who died Sept. 28 of the coronavirus. He was 76 and fully vaccinated.

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