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Hospitalizations plunge among Florida seniors, as COVID immunity takes hold

Hospitalizations plunge among Florida seniors, as COVID immunity takes hold

The number of Florida seniors entering the hospital for COVID dropped sharply over the past month, an indication that the vaccination campaign begun in December has been effective in protecting the group most vulnerable to the disease. Hospitals have registered a 46% drop in admissions for COVID patients aged 70 or over since mid-February, an encouraging sign in the fight against the pandemic. And since COVID deaths are typically preceded by hospitalizations, the drop is an indication that the death rate may continue to fall. Advertisement Warning signs remain. The hospitalization rate for...

April 17, 2021
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Hospital system contradicts DeSantis on COVID vaccine delivery to luxury Keys enclave

Hospital system contradicts DeSantis on COVID vaccine delivery to luxury Keys enclave

Baptist Health on Friday disputed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ claim that his administration had nothing to do with the decision to send 1,200 COVID vaccine doses to Ocean Reef Club, the luxury Key Largo community at the center of controversy over whether the wealthy received privileged access to vaccines. The governor made the claim at a , when he slammed a that claimed the state provided special access to vaccines to an enclave that contained many wealthy campaign donors. Advertisement “That was not a site that we were involved in, in the Keys,” DeSantis said. “That was one of the South Florida...

March 6, 2021
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Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized after he was armed and threatening to harm himself, Fort Lauderdale police say

Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized after he was armed and threatening to harm himself, Fort Lauderdale police say

FORT LAUDERDALE — President Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale was taken from his Fort Lauderdale home by police Sunday afternoon after his wife reported that he was armed and threatening suicide. The police, called by his wife, went to the house in the Seven Isles community, an affluent area in which houses have access to the water. They made contact, “developed a rapport” and negotiated his exit from the house, the police said in a statement. He was taken to Broward Health Medical Center under the Baker Act, which provides for temporary involuntary commitment. Advertisement...

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September 28, 2020
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Weakened Isaias expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Florida, rainy and windy night ahead

Weakened Isaias expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Florida, rainy and windy night ahead

A Category 1 Hurricane Isaias gusts reach South Florida, makes landfall in Bahamas as it begins to reorganize. High winds will start lashing South Florida in the middle of the night, working their way up the coast as what’s expected to be Hurricane Isaias makes its long-awaited march up the coast. Northern Palm Beach County may see the worst of it, with forecasts calling for gusts of up to 90 mph. Wind speeds and rain are expected to climb through the night, with Broward County experiencing the worst of it around dawn Sunday and Palm Beach experiencing peak winds through the morning and...

August 1, 2020
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Florida enters critical period in coronavirus fight

Florida enters critical period in coronavirus fight

The next two weeks will be crucial in Florida’s struggle with coronavirus, as we learn if the produce a sharp increase in deaths and whether new government restrictions succeed in slowing the disease’s spread. Here are two scenarios, based on interviews with experts: Advertisement The worst case: The disease jumps from younger people, who account for most new cases, to older people, who are most likely to die. Deaths start to take off again. and other control measures prove insufficient, and the number of new cases continues soaring. The best case: New cases remain largely confined to...

July 3, 2020
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Under pressure, Florida identifies senior-living homes with coronavirus cases

Under pressure, Florida identifies senior-living homes with coronavirus cases

After refusing for weeks, the state of Florida reversed course Saturday and released the names of 303 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities with cases of the coronavirus. The list, from the news media, included only the facilities’ names. It did not show the number of cases at each facility or whether they involved residents, staff or both. Advertisement Included on the list were 39 facilities in Broward County, 54 in Miami-Dade County and 36 in Palm Beach County. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the decision to release the names in Tallahassee, after pressure from advocates for the...

April 19, 2020
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Land purchase finalized to prevent Everglades oil drilling

Land purchase finalized to prevent Everglades oil drilling

A deal to prevent oil drilling in the Everglades was finalized Monday, with the state of Florida’s purchase of land from a family that had obtained permits for an exploratory well. The state paid $16.56 million for 20,000 acres in western Broward County owned by the Kanter family of Miami, whose drilling plan had among environmentalists and nearby cities. Advertisement Joseph Kanter, a banker and real estate developer, bought the land during mid-20th-century South Florida building boom, with the intention of building a new city. But the land lay well inside the Everglades, and construction...

May 6, 2020
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