COVID surge continues to overwhelm NCH intensive care unit

COVID-19 cases are surging and one Southwest Florida hospital is really struggling. Doctors and nurses at NCH Healthcare System are overwhelmed. For nearly two weeks now, NCH’s intensive care units overflowed with COVID-19 patients. On Wednesday, there are 61 people with only 45 beds. Across its hospital, NCH is caring for 209 patients who tested […]

DeSantis at odds with doctors over mask mandate, children in hospitals

Gov. Ron DeSantis is doubling down on his stance against mask mandates, but doctors are firm on their position too, saying that children are suffering from COVID-19. During a press conference in Surfside on Tuesday morning, DeSantis pointed to stats saying the delta variant is not causing more kids to get very sick. “You’ve not […]

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Sanibel City Council enacts face mask requirement for city buildings

Sanibel City Council has enacted a mask mandate within its city buildings that are open to the public. Masks will be required at City Hall, the Public Works building, and the City of Sanibel Recreation Center, among others. The face-covering requirement at the recreation center means any activities, city-sponsored or after-school activities, will require participants […]

Rising number of children hospitalized with COVID at Golisano

Golisano Children’s Hospital is dealing with an uptick in the number of pediatric patients battling COVID-19. The number of patients this year is much higher than last summer when Southwest Florida experienced another surge in cases. As of Friday, the hospital reported they had eight patients ranging from 22 months to 20 years old. Three […]

Families paying off rent, food, debts with child tax credit

Christina Darling finally replaced her 2006 Chevrolet Equinox after it broke down several times while picking her children up from day care. But the 31-year-old mother of two was struggling to keep up with the car payments. Brianne Walker desperately wanted to take her three children and two siblings camping for the first time but […]

CDC team: ‘War has changed’ as delta variant dangers emerge

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, internal documents show. Recommending masks for everyone and requiring vaccines for doctors and other health workers are among measures the […]

WHO: Global COVID death toll passes 4 million

The world passed the “tragic milestone” of 4 million recorded COVID-19 fatalities on Wednesday, the World Health Organization said, adding that the pandemic’s true toll was probably higher. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the landmark had been reached, more than 18 months since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019. “The world is at […]

Surfside condo collapse, pandemic year have taken toll on mental health

The horrific collapse of a condo tower in Surfside, and the pandemic year, has taken a mental toll on residents across South Florida. “Mental health is such a huge, huge, huge issue right now. It’s affecting so many people here in South Florida,” said Dr. Gil Abramovici, an inpatient attendee psychiatric, at Memorial Health Systems. […]