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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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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Former Florida Department of Health data analyst Rebekah Jones is dropping a civil lawsuit alleging that state law-enforcement agents violated her rights when they searched her home and hauled away computer equipment in December. Jones’ attorneys filed a notice last w…

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BY DAVID J. NEAL MIAMI HERALD/TNS Syringe marking errors, which can lead to incorrect dosing, caused a recall of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, a generic version of blood clot medication Lovenox. The recall issued on Feb. 8 by Apotex, a Weston, Florida company, says some syringe barrels have 1…

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The Biden administration is concerned about the limited information on Blacks and Hispanics who have been vaccinated. BY FRANCESCA CHAMBERS AND MICHAEL WILNER TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON — Biden administration officials are expressing frustration over inadequate data on how many Black an…

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FAMILY FEATURES This year, as cold and flu season converges with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to take precautions to help prevent the spread of illness and infection both in and out of the home. The similarities between cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms can be confusing, and a spike i…

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BY DR. JENNIFER POON AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICTS/TNS Q: How can I help my child, who has a developmental disability, cope during COVID-19? A: Being a parent or caregiver of a child with a developmental disability has its own daily challenges, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic…

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BY THERESA BRAINE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS The novel coronavirus doesn’t just attack the brain, new research shows. It may take up residence and “hide” there. And, like Jason in the unending stream of “Friday the 13th” movies, it could come back. Researchers at Georgia State University measur…

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A state report shows that 43% of workers’ compensation claims were denied payment. BY CHRISTINE SEXTON NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – As the Republican-led Legislature moves quickly to provide broad COVID-19 liability limits for businesses, some lawmakers say additional protections sh…

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BY ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the flow of COVID-19 vaccines has been stagnant and the state needs more to meet the increasing demand from residents. In a news conference at a nursing home in Jacksonville, DeSantis said officials in Washington …

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FAMILY FEATURES Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals and not cheating on sleep, can all benefit …

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MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK/TNS If you are unsure about whether you’ll be vaccinated for COVID-19, you are not alone. It’s natural to have reservations about something so new. Dr. Ivan Porter II, a Mayo Clinic nephrologist, was among the first to roll up his sleeves to be vaccinated for COVID-1…

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Black clergy and community leaders are doing their part to get African Americans vaccinated. BY DAPHNE TAYLOR FLORIDA COURIER Dianne Rowles, 67, of Tampa, said she made numerous calls this month to get an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination for herself and her husband when appointments …

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BY CHRISTINE SEXTON NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A coalition of Black community leaders said Jan. 6 they will work to ensure that upward of 70 percent of the state’s minority population gets vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. “My friends, this is a sense of urgency. …

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FLORIDA COURIER STAFF By 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Daytona Stadium had reached its 1,000-person capacity for people 65 and over to get the Moderna vaccination. The entrance of the Daytona Beach stadium was closed by local police for the first-come, first-serve distribution. It was the second day…

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Two of Florida’s largest medical associations sent an open letter to front-line health care workers Tuesday lauding them for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic and urging them to get vaccinated against the virus that causes the deadly respiratory disease. “Hea…

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Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was the scientific lead for NIH research team. BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease doctor and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed the African American community’s fears of accepti…

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BY JOHN TOZZI BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS The National Institutes of Health plans to begin a clinical trial that aims to help doctors “predict and manage” allergic reactions related to Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said during a Monda…

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Two Florida psychiatrists offer insight on managing your emotional health. Editor’s note: Dr. Carlin Barnes, MD, and Dr. Marketa Wills, MD, MBA – two Harvard University-trained psychiatrists – are co-founders of Healthy Mind MDs, an organization whose sole mission is to optimize the mental a…

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Florida’s seniors will be first in line to be vaccinated when doses become available this week. BY CHRISTINE SEXTON NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida went primarily to people under age 65, as Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state is pivoting …

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Dec. 11 that the state will use $23 million in federal pandemic funds to support mental-health services. The money, from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, will serve an additional 300 adults and 375 youths w…

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Health experts are urging African Americans to get inoculated despite the history of mistrust and swirling conspiracy theories. BY DAPHNE TAYLOR FLORIDA COURIER Sandra Lindsay, a Black critical care nurse in New York, was the first person to receive the much-anticipated Pfizer vaccine in tha…

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Instant healthcare launches in Florida SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Jetdoc, a digital healthcare platform that connects people with a licensed healthcare professional in minutes, announced a strategic partnership last month with Florida-based rapper and entrepreneur William Leonard Roberts…

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Instant healthcare launches in Florida SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Jetdoc, a digital healthcare platform that connects people with a licensed healthcare professional in minutes, announced a strategic partnership last month with Florida-based rapper and entrepreneur William Leonard Roberts…

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Rebekah Jones accused state of manipulating COVID-19 data BY CHRISTINE SEXTON NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA State police agents on December 7 raided the home of a former Florida Department of Health employee who helped build the state’s first COVID-19 dashboard. Rebekah Jones was fired earlier thi…

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BY CHRISTINE SEXTON NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Participating in a White House vaccine summit on Dec. 8, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined what appeared to be the state’s final COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. DeSantis said the state’s proposal calls for vaccinating seniors in …

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The United States and the state of Florida are global coronavirus hotspots. Where do Black Floridians go from here? BY DAPHNE TAYLOR FLORIDA COURIER It’s safe to say the coronavirus pandemic is out of control. The numbers are staggering. As of this writing, 1.5 million people around the worl…

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Florida has reached a grim milestone in COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile, the governor is focusing on vaccines and says he’s opposed to mandates like requiring masks. BY TOM URBAN AND JIM SAUNDERS NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA On April 1, just weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, 7,773 people in Florida had…

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BY SUZI RING AND NAOMI KRESGE BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS A COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc prevented a majority of people from getting the disease in a large trial, another promising development in the quest to end the pandemic, and the rollout could begin …

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Highest level possible given for coronavirus BY BIANCA PADRO OCASIO MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI  —  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has upgraded the cruise ship travel risk to a level 4, the federal agency’s highest risk level possible for contracting COVID-19. Amid reports of…

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BY JAMES PATON BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS The first two COVID-19 vaccines out of the gate have now delivered positive news in the quest to end the pandemic. The encouraging late-stage trial results from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. set a high bar for rivals such as AstraZeneca Plc that are expected …

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BY BETHANY AO PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS Excessive social media use during the pandemic is a predictor of symptoms of depression and secondary trauma, a new study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, suggests. The study, published last mont…

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Black women turn to midwives to avoid COVID and ‘feel cared for’ BY RACHEL SCHEIER KAISER HEALTH NEWS/TNS From the moment she learned she was pregnant late last year, TaNefer Camara knew she didn’t want to have her baby in a hospital bed. Already a mother of three and a part-time lactation c…

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Black and Hispanic children could face greater risks of the virus, according to the CDC. NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention review of more than 277,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in school age children shows adolescents had higher positivity rates t…

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Florida Department of Education is making $2 million available to rural counties across the state to increase access to telehealth to provide mental-health services for schoolchildren. “I’m excited today to announce to 18 of the rural counties across the state of …