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WASHINGTON — Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change Monday as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising fr…

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MIAMI — On Jan. 3, Florida reported 85,707 cases and 61 new deaths to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Miami Herald calculations of CDC data.

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NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Monday cut isolation restrictions for Americans who catch the coronavirus from 10 to five days, and similarly shortened the time that close contacts need to quarantine.

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According to Dr. Claudia Baquet, a retired professor and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Policy at the University of Maryland, health disparities are differences in the rate of occurrence of disease, illness and other adverse conditions as well as death due to health conditions in …

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The U.S. faces a double coronavirus surge as the new variant advances.

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TALLAHASSEE – Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo on Oct. 26 defended his decision not to wear a mask when attempting to meet with a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, saying he cannot communicate clearly “when half of my face is covered.”

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Older adults without heart disease shouldn’t take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary updated advice released on Oct. 12.

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TALLAHASSEE – Trulieve, the state’s largest medical marijuana operator, is now the nation’s biggest cannabis retailer, after closing on a $2.1 billion deal to acquire former competitor Harvest Health & Recreation Inc.

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TALLAHASSEE – Continuing to pressure school districts over their handling of COVID-19, the State Board of Education has scheduled a meeting next week to look at whether 11 districts have complied with rules aimed at preventing student mask mandates.

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TALLAHASSEE – Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a physician and researcher, was named Florida surgeon general on Tuesday, calling for being “done with fear” amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 51,000 of the state’s residents.

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Volunteers nationwide are offering help to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been affected by Hurricane Ida.

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NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Wednesday announced plans to offer COVID-19 booster shots to all Americans to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and signs that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged all pregnant women Wednesday to get the COVID-19 vaccine as hospitals in hot spots around the U.S. see disturbing numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus. 

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As students return to school and COVID numbers rise, Alachua moves forward with requirement while Leon decides to comply with state.

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The effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the Black families across the U.S. are devastating. If nothing is done to mitigate these effects, according to researchers at Florida International University and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, by 2030 nearly 40% of all Americans with Alzheimer’s disease will be …

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down Tuesday as the state again broke its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, insisting that the spike will soon abate and that he will not impose any business restrictions or mask mandates.

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TALLAHASSEE – New rules laying out the do’s and don’ts physicians must follow when certifying patients to smoke medical marijuana took effect last week, but it’s not clear that doctors or patients are fully aware of them.

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TALLAHASSEE – As COVID-19 cases increase again in Florida, 42 percent of the state’s nursing-home workers had been fully vaccinated as of last month, a new report by AARP shows. 

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The delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been making headlines as it has quickly become the most prevalent strain in America. But other variants of the virus are still out there, and more will form as the virus continues to spread.

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Hand sanitizer meant to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus might be hazardous to people’s health if applied in enclosed spaces or places with poor air circulation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

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Florida courts are set to resume some jury trials and drop mask and social-distancing requirements, while most court proceedings will continue to take place remotely, under an order issued on June 4 by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady.

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TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Florida leads the country in new Obamacare sign-ups during an ongoing six-month special enrollment period announced by President Joe Biden shortly after he took office. The state saw 264,088 new people enroll in the healthcare.gov marketplace between Feb. 15 and April 30…

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA As part of the Biden administration’s efforts to provide free access to COVID-19 shots, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday it will pay administration fees to healthcare providers who vaccinate patients enrolled in health plans that don’t…

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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have announced actions to strengthen health equity and address racial disparities in maternal health through increased investment in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity.  The White House said the presi…

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BY LAURAN NEERGAARD ASSOCIATED PRESS A rare, rogue immune response is the main suspect as authorities investigate highly unusual blood clots following use of two similar COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. The U.S. recommended that states pause giving the J&J va…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER CARY, N.C. – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, has awarded a $200,000 grant to Vincent Luca, Ph.D., for immunotherapy research at Moffitt Cancer Center. The V Foundation has funded 29 grants to Moffitt investigators, tot…

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BY COLLIN BINKLEY ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON — U.S. colleges hoping for a return to normalcy next fall are weighing how far they should go in urging students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including whether they should — or legally can — require it. Universities including Rutgers, Brown, Cornell …

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BY ZEKE MILLER AND LAURAN NEERGAARD ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease …

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A former ‘American Idol’ contestant from Florida shares how the symptoms continue to linger long after he was cleared of the virus. BY STEPHANIE CLAYTOR FLORIDA COURIER Jeremy Rosado, 28, of Brandon is best known for being a finalist on the 11th season of “American Idol’’ in 2012. He’s one o…

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BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF Florida residents 40 and up can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, April 5, the state will open the age to all adults. The announcement was made by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday. “We have made great progress, and I look forward to continuing to work hard to mak…

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Adults under 50 spur COVID-19 rise in tourism hubs BY BEN CONARCK MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – Florida’s pandemic month of March has been defined by the dueling dynamics of a mass vaccination effort focused on older people and a tourism surge to the metro areas of Miami, Tampa and Orlando, among…

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Florida has started offering COVID-19 vaccines to residents 50 and older. Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that the age would be lowered from 60 to 50. DeSantis’ announcement came after some officials said they planned to lower the age threshold to 50. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demi…

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The Congress-approved $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill includes $1,400 checks for most Americans, expands jobless benefits and provides aid to schools and businesses. BY KEVIN FREKING ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The House approved a sweeping pandemic relief package over Republican opposition on…

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DeSantis says teachers and officers 50 years old and up are next in line for COVID-19 vaccinations. BY CHRISTINE SEXTON AND TOM URBAN NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Marking a significant change in Florida’s vaccination strategy, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said teachers and law enfor…

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BY MELINDA DESLATTE AND TAMMY WEBBER ASSOCIATED PRESS The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. The lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, are about equal to the popula…

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BY DARA KAM NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – As the number of medical marijuana patients in Florida continues to skyrocket, Republican lawmakers are again exploring whether to impose caps on the level of euphoria-inducing THC in cannabis products. Chris Ferguson, director of the Florida…

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