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AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots

Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states. Among American adults who have not […]

Drug companies refocusing efforts on vaccines, leading to other shortages

The vaccine rollout effort has disrupted the medicine supply chain. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is now reporting shortages of birth control after the company reorganized its priorities to producing COVID-19 shots. For more than 40 years, Cypress Pharmacy has helped people get the medical care they need, but this year, it’s harder. “There’s been instances where […]

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COVID-19 precautions lead to fewer flu cases this season

Face masks, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes are all things we kept close by during the pandemic and they helped us. There were fewer flu cases this flu season. But, as more people get vaccinated and some let their guard down, doctors are worried about the troubles that next flu season could bring. This flu […]

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Successes and frustrations of trying to get a COVID-19 vaccine at Publix

Many of those over the age of 65 in Southwest Florida have been struggling to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As appointments at places like Publix fill up in a matter of minutes, many are feeling discouraged. Others, who have been lucky enough to get their first appointment or are now fully […]

Monday’s Coronavirus Updates: 8,002 new cases and 137 new deaths

As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, there have been 1,579,281 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,550,444 Florida residents and 28,837 non-Florida residents. There are 24,274 Florida resident deaths reported, 378 non-resident deaths, and 68,170 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health. According […]

State Senator Kathleen Passidomo contracts COVID-19

On Sunday afternoon, Florida State Senator Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples for District 28, announced via Twitter that she has tested positive for COVID-19. Passidomo said that she got tested on Thursday, January 7 and just received her positive result on Sunday. She was trying to get tested prior to returning to Tallahassee for Senate committee meetings. […]

Feds: Florida nurse lied to get $420k in virus relief

A South Florida nurse fraudulently obtained about $420,000 in coronavirus relief funds, federal prosecutors said. Giraldo Caraballo, 55, of Miami, made his initial appearance Friday in Miami federal court. He’s charged with engaging in transactions in unlawful proceeds and making false statements to a financial institution. Caraballo applied for and received a Paycheck Protection Program […]

Research suggests COVID-19 immunity could last for months or longer

If someone has tested positive for COVID-19, how long can immunity last? Researchers say they now have the answers thanks to blood tests. The findings, based on analyses of blood samples from 188 COVID-19 patients, suggests immunity can last for at least eight months after the onset of symptoms from the initial infection, according to […]

NCH books all appointments for vaccines; users report sign-up issues

All appointments for NCH vaccine distribution this week were filled by 12:10 p.m. Thursday, NCH says. Many people reported issues logging on to the website to book their appointment. “The high influx in traffic to the NCH website at one time caused many in the community to experience service delays or go completely offline,” NCH […]