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Virginia state senator dies after catching coronavirus

Virginia state Sen. Ben Chafin has died after contracting the coronavirus, Senate Republicans said Friday. Chafin represented southwest Virginia and was from Russell County. A Republican, he was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2013 and then moved to the state Senate in 2014. He was 60. Lawmakers from around the state mourned […]

NCH receives first doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccine is NOT currently available to the general public. NCH announced the health care system will receive, and begin administering, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday morning. The hospital system received 5,000 doses of the vaccine that will be distributed to doctors, nurses and frontline workers who have been working tirelessly to fight […]

Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: 10,177 new cases and 120 new deaths reported

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, there have been 1,039,207 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,022,354 Florida residents and 16,853 non-Florida residents. There are 18,994 Florida resident deaths reported, 242 non-resident deaths, and 56,095 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health. *Numbers […]

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Saturday’s Coronavirus Updates: 6,277 new cases and 79 new deaths reported

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, there have been 985,297 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 969,813 Florida residents and 15,484 non-Florida residents. There are 18,442 Florida resident deaths reported, 235 non-resident deaths, and 54,591 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health. *Numbers are […]

What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Parents have weighed in on reopening schools. Teachers have weighed in. Public health experts, too, along with cities, states and President Donald Trump. But what about the kids themselves? As the grown-ups fret, kindergartners to high schoolers faced with a range of scenarios for virtual and in-person classes are expressing both fear and glee over […]

Finding your forever home during the pandemic

One family has been in Naples searching for the home of their dreams for four weeks. With the instability created by the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re not sure when they’ll find it. They hail from New York and while they loved their life there, it was getting to be a bit much. “It was kind of […]

Florida emergency operations center hit with COVID-19

The Florida Division of Emergency Management closed down part of its facilities after 12 employees tested positive for coronavirus. The areas where the employees work were going through a deep clean over the weekend and were expected to reopen Monday, said agency spokesman Jason Mahon. The agency has been going through biweekly virus testing of […]

COVID-19 hits close to home for one Immokalee Firefighter

One Immokalee firefighter is continuing to do the job he loves even in the midst of the pandemic. Lieutenant Daniel Gonzalez and the rest of the crew at station 30 are still responding to calls, despite the increased risk of danger during the pandemic. “Having to go out on numerous calls and just taking that […]

Some Facebook groups created to protest lockdowns are now hotbeds for misinformation

Earlier this spring, as some Americans increasingly tired of stay-at-home orders during the pandemic, groups began cropping up on Facebook demanding that state officials reopen the economy. Some of these groups, which researchers say total in the hundreds on Facebook, echoed rhetoric by President Donald Trump and quickly gained a massive following, in some cases adding […]

States still need federal help and still find it lacking

Officials in Michigan are running 10,000 fewer coronavirus tests per day than they have the capacity for because they can’t get enough swabs. Washington state’s attempts to order personal protective equipment are mostly going unfilled amid global competition. In Ohio, doctors are unsure whether federal shipments of remdesivir — a drug that can help shorten […]