Collier County resolution bans future mask, vaccine mandates

Collier County passed a new resolution banning both vaccine and mask mandates in the event of a future pandemic. The resolution’s supporters say it is meant to protect individual liberties, while critics worry it could create a future health crisis.

Report: Florida officials cut key data from vaccine study

An analysis that was the basis of a highly criticized recommendation from Florida’s surgeon general cautioning young men against getting the COVID-19 vaccine omitted information that showed catching the virus could increase the risk of a cardiac-related death much more than getting the mRNA shot, according to drafts of the analysis obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

Naples man faces over 7 years for $2.6 million COVID relief fraud

A Naples man was sentenced Friday morning to more than seven years in federal prison for a $2.6 million COVID-19 relief fraud scheme. Daniel Joseph Tisone, 35, was sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison for wire fraud, bank fraud, illegal monetary transactions, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Tisone […]

US proposes annual COVID shots for most Americans

U.S. health officials want to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a simplified approach for future vaccination efforts, allowing most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus. This means Americans would no longer have to keep track […]

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Lee Health warns of COVID-19 case rise in its hospitals

Local hospitals are seeing a jump in COVID-19 cases. Lee Health is seeing twice as many cases now compared to last month. Stay home if you’re sick. That’s the message from Lee Health as their hospitals are seeing a spike in COVID patients. Cases were expected to rise in the winter months when viruses tend […]

Gov. DeSantis joins call to end health emergency

Gov. Ron DeSantis last week joined 24 other Republican governors in asking President Joe Biden to end a COVID-19 emergency declaration that has helped lead to a surge in enrollment in Florida’s Medicaid program. The governors sent a letter that urged Biden to allow a federal “public health emergency” to expire in April. The emergency […]

US court rejects maintaining COVID-19 asylum restrictions

Restrictions that have prevented hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. in recent years remained on track to expire in a matter of days after an appeals court ruling Friday, as thousands more migrants packed shelters on Mexico’s border with the U.S. The ruling from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

DeSantis seeks grand jury investigation of COVID-19 vaccines

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that he plans to petition the state’s Supreme Court to convene a grand jury to investigate “any and all wrongdoing” with respect to the COVID-19 vaccines. The Republican governor, often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2024, gave no specifics on what wrongdoing the panel would investigate but suggested […]