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By Saturday, Florida’s health department reported a rise in the cases; 5,419 COVID-19 cases Saturday and 78 more resident deaths connected to the virus.

The state has now verified 2,238,937 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began.

Another 697 non-residents have died in Florida from COVID-19 according to the latest health department data.

There have been 90,746 resident hospitalizations attributed to the novel coronavirus in the state.

County by county

MIAMI-DADE

Cases: 484,514 (+1,143)

Deaths: 6,175 (+16)

Yesterday’s positivity: 5.80%

Total people vaccinated: 1,235,573

Vaccine series completed: 827,999

BROWARD

Cases: 236,592 (+621)

Deaths: 2,902 (+8)

Yesterday’s positivity: 5.35%

Total people vaccinated: 822,307

Vaccine series completed: 563,712

MONROE

Cases: 6,916 (+18)

Deaths: 49 (unchanged)

Yesterday’s positivity: 6.99%

Total people vaccinated: 36,610

Vaccine series completed: 24,886

PALM BEACH

Cases: 143,471 (+342)

Deaths: 2,770 (unchanged)

Yesterday’s positivity: 4.79%

Total people vaccinated: 651,546

Vaccine series completed: 457,324

For more detailed data on every county from the latest Florida Department of Health report, click here.

Florida couple die from COVID-19 just minutes apart

Florida couple die from OVID-19

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA- According to the news, a Florida Couple who had been married for decades died just minutes apart due to COVID-19. The couple had served as missionaries and ministers for decades.

The couple, Bill and Esther were married nearly for 67 years, according to their daughter. She also said that although there’s no one more than her who misses them, she’s at ease because they both passed away together. The couple died while being treated for COVID 19 at a Palm Beach hospice.

Both spent years serving; 10 years in Jamaica and another 7 in Lebanon as missionaries. The couple made the decision to move to West Palm Beach in the 1970s and started an Assemblies of God’s church.

The couple would have celebrated their 67th anniversary this weekend, according to the news.

Orange County Convention center to provide 3000 shots a day

Convention center to provide 3000 shots a day

ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA- According to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, the eligibility age has been dropped down to 40 and anyone above 40 is considered eligible for the vaccine. The vaccination program will be held in the Orange County Convention center on Monday.

Although Gov, Ron De Santis has still not given a final decision on the previously requested eligibility age drop, Demings hopes this move will not be prevented by the Governor.

Demings said in this statement that, “At the end of the day Governor wants the best for the residents of Florida and Orange county.

Resident within the eligibility range of 40-59 is requested to visit the Florida Department of Health in Orange County website to get an appointment at 9.30 Monday.

A total of 3000 COVID-19 doses are planned to make available by the crews at the Convention Center.

Finally, Demings said that “We have done a fairly good job with our seniors, and now we have to kind of move to middle young adults.”

Governor Ron DeSantis defends controversial vaccine deal on Fox News

Governor Ron DeSantis defends controversial vaccine deal on Fox News 1

On Wednesday, 17th February 2021, Governor RonDesantis defends himself against those who criticized him about the state’s vaccine rollout on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle with Laura Ingraham. 

The Governor made national news for suggesting Wednesday morning that the state could divert vaccines to more grateful counties as the state looks to vaccinate seniors.

“I was criticized by the same types of folks for putting seniors first,” DeSantis said. “Well, guess what. Florida’s seniors are glad that we put them first.”

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, Vanessa Baugh announced that dedicated shipments would serve two zip codes, 34202 and 34211 which led to controversies as those happen to be the wealthiest zip codes in the country. They also lie within Baugh’s County Commission district.

During the morning press conference in Lakewood Ranch, reporters hounded Governor Ron with questions about the local rollout. Manatee County Commissioner Misty Servia, a Republican, criticized the selection of these two areas at a Board of County Commissioners’ work session on Tuesday.

Fox didn’t play the tape on those remarks, but they did show a clip from a Manatee County Commission meeting from Tuesday, featuring Commissioner Misty Servia. In the clip, the Republicans criticized the state for prioritizing the “whitest demographic, the richest demographic” in the county.

“It’s racist to follow the science and vaccinate the most vulnerable population?” Ingraham asked. “I don’t understand this. Now we’re checking boxes of ethnicity and color? I thought it was about the science, saving lives.”

“You’re taking the Whitest demographic, the richest demographic in Manatee County and putting them ahead of everyone else,” Servia said. “The optics are bad … very bad — I’m disappointed,” she added.

DeSantis fired back at the county officials who had concerns with the choice.

“And now all of a sudden someone is telling me that we were able to go in and pull names out — pull a certain demographic out — and say, ‘These are the people that we’re going to serve,'” he added at the Tuesday meeting.

“If Manatee County doesn’t like us doing this, we are totally fine doing this in counties that want it,” DeSantis said at the Wednesday conference. “Most people, I think, will want it. There are going to be folks who complain about getting more vaccines. But I’ll tell you what, I wouldn’t be complaining.”

“We’re going to look to do more and more with the additional doses but anyone in Manatee … if they don’t want us doing it, then just tell us, and we’ll make sure that that that we send those doses to folks who want it,” he also repeated later in the news conference.

The governor also noted that the doses that will be distributed at this location are in addition to the doses allocated to the county as a whole and that he has set up two of these vaccination events every week in places like The Villages, Kings Point, and Sun City in Hillsborough County.

Commissioner Reggie Bellamy, a Democrat, also noted that he’s been “fighting like hell to show people that the (vaccine) lottery is equal and we cannot compromise the system.”

The Governor also repeated a similar refrain, that locking down the economy doesn’t work. All schools open, businesses free to be open, workers guaranteed right to work, and tax revenue higher than expected, DeSantis said. Meanwhile, the state is below the national average in COVID-19 deaths per capita despite having the second oldest population in the United States.

“These lockdowns on their own just don’t work,” DeSantis said. “Even if you didn’t care about the economy, even if you didn’t care about education, they don’t work to stop the spread, and I think the results in Florida and elsewhere show that.”

 

Nikki Fried calls out Governor Ron Desantis and challenges him

Nikki Fried calls out Governor Ron Desantis and challenges him 2

Nikki Fried, has announced a bid to challenge DeSantis for governor in next year’s election by releasing a sympathetic video towards those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic on her Twitter handle. She claims that Governor Ron DeSantis is not empathetic towards the covid-19 victims as she says, “This pandemic has been painful as he lashes out on everyone else like he is the victim, but we all know who the real victims are.”
Even though Nikki Fried did not mention former President Donald Trump by name, she unveils Ron DeSantis’s unwavering loyalty towards Donald Trump.
“Every Floridian who has lost a loved one, lost a job, lost a way of life, this has been so much harder than it had to be, and we know why – blind allegiance to an insurrectionist,” she says. She further says that “Florida can and will do better. Continue to fight for you and hold the governor accountable.”
Nikki Fried’s short clip looks more like a political advertisement as it was paid for by Florida Consumers First, Nikki Fried’s Political Committee. Nikki’s spokesman Max Flugrath said that Nikki Fried wanted to show Florida how she will continue to lead. He further said that Nikki has no intentions of lashing out or contextualizing the Covid-19 pandemic as her political campaign. “Commissioner Fried wanted Floridians to know they have an elected official who has been listening, that she knows how difficult this pandemic has been and feels their pain,” Nikki Fried’s spokesman Max Flugrath said.

Guttenberg, the mother of Jaime, 17 who was killed in the Parkland school shooting stated that Florida would have been at a better place right now if it had Governor Nikki Fried as opposed to Governor Ron DeSantis. She further said that Nikki Fried is the only statewide elected official who has spoken up about the ravages of the COVID-19 Pandemic and that Florida has received a good response from her.
However, the Republicans fired back at Nikki Fried as Joanna Rodrigues, a spokeswoman for the Republican Governors Association said that Nikki Fried is desperate to be coroneted as the Democrat nominee for governor. She further said that Nikki has not made her intentions clear but she is rather hiding behind a veiled announcement video filled with politically motivated lies.
Since Governor Ron DeSantis is a close ally to former President Donald Trump, DeSantis is required to maintain a strategic distance from a genuine essential challenger. DeSantis is supposed to have official aspirations in 2024 if Trump doesn’t run once more for president. However, DeSantis said that he is fully focused on leading the state at the moment and has not yet thought about running for a presidential post in 2024.

Walmart’s first doses of Publix COVID-19 vaccines begin in Jacksonville

COVID-19 vaccines begin in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA- According to the announcement, the qualified citizens for Publix Portal are free to book for the vaccine against COVID-19. The appointments opened from Friday Morning for a new round of sign-ups with few modifications designed to give the best experience.

With the booking window open since Friday at 7 a.m., the eligible is requested to get in line at https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida.

Publix has expanded offering COVID shots across 325 stores in 23 countries.

Jacksonville has announced the availability of the vaccine at Winn-Dixie-Pharmacies, Walmart, and Sam’s Club stores.

Serving doses for those who already booked appointments with Walmart begins Friday.

More than 9000 cases for the second day straight in Florida

According to Florida health officials, 9,085 new coronavirus cases were reported on Friday. Reports say the number of Florida resident deaths has reached 17,889, an increase of 79 since Thursday’s update.

for the second day straight in Florida

Health officials said it is the second straight day Florida has reported 9,085 new cases.

COVID-19 cases according to county:

  • Hillsborough: 54,792
  • Pinellas: 30,286
  • Sarasota: 12,121
  • Manatee: 15,511
  • Sumter: 3,248
  • Polk: 26,091
  • Citrus: 4,218
  • Hernando: 4,507
  • Pasco: 13,373
  • Highlands: 3,447
  • DeSoto: 2,163
  • Hardee: 1,720

 

President Trump’s health is improving, but not ‘out of the woods’ yet; doctor says

President Trump's health is improving, but not ‘out of the woods’ yet; doctor says 3

Trump’s physician made a memo saying “made substantial progress since diagnosis” but “is not yet out of the woods”. “The President’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery,”  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, told White House pool reporters after the briefing from his doctors. “He’s made unbelievable improvements from yesterday morning when I know a number of us, the doctor and I were very concerned,” Meadows said in an interview.

The President’s physician, Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley had offered an assessment of the President’s condition stating that he was feeling well, that he had been “fever-free” for 24 hours, and that his symptoms — which included an “extremely mild cough,” nasal congestion and fatigue — “are resolving and improving.”

According to a source, Trump has received supplemental oxygen since his illness began.

Trump made a video on Twitter on Saturday stating his health condition. “I just want to tell you that I’m starting to feel good,” Trump said. “You don’t know over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test. So, we’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days.”

 

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