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The burden of a positive COVID-19 test result has some Floridians ‘test shopping' for a negative

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The burden of a positive COVID-19 test result has some Floridians ‘test shopping’ for a negative

With long waits for results, people in Florida are test shopping. They are searching for where they can get results fast. They are shopping so they can get two negatives. They are trying the nasal swab and the oral swab and the antibody tests -- all in their quest for two negative results so they can socialize again or go back to work. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Government Technology.

Free clinics providing medical care to laid-off Florida workers amid pandemic

Non-profit organizations and free clinics across the Tampa Bay area are stepping up to provide free medical care to families who have lost jobs and healthcare coverage in COVID-19 layoffs. The St. Petersburg Free Clinic provides care for people ages 18-64 who don't have health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid and also do not qualify for county-subsidized health coverage. More from WFTS and the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

Safety net hospitals seek ‘fair share’ of federal money

Congress, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, set aside $13 billion to help safety-net hospitals that treat a majority of poor, elderly and disabled patients. But some of Florida’s largest safety-net hospitals - including Jackson Memorial, UF Health Shands and Tampa General - didn’t qualify for the funding included in a federal-stimulus bill known as the CARES Act, while seeing their finances deteriorate as they shifted from providing “elective” surgeries and procedures to dealing with coronavirus cases. [Source: WUSF]

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Fried launches ‘SMART Florida’ coronavirus protection campaign

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wants to make coronavirus protection as familiar as the “Click it or Ticket” slogan promoting safety belts. On Monday, the only statewide elected Democrat launched a “SMART Florida” public awareness campaign on guarding against COVID-19 during a press conference in Tallahassee. The SMART message — social distancing, masking up, avoiding crowds, remembering to wash hands and throwing away disposable gloves, wipes and masks — will be relayed by professional athletes, members of Congress and community leaders. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

Miami Dolphins give plasma in fight against COVID-19

The Miami Dolphins are doing the opposite of isolating themselves from the community. They’re donating their plasma to help people stricken with COVID-19. Several members of the Dolphins team and supportive staff spent part of their day Thursday aboard OneBlood’s Big Red Bus donating their antibodies to the treatment of other people with the virus. [Source: ]

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› Miami doctor’s new book says U.S. healthcare is nightmare
Dr. Alejandro Badia of Miami is no stranger to the flaws and frustrations of the U.S. healthcare system. A leading hand surgeon with a medical degree from NYU, multiple accolades, and decades of experience, Dr. Badia has spent more than a quarter-century in the trenches of U.S. healthcare. His new book Healthcare from the Trenches is an open discussion of the failure of the U.S. healthcare system from the perspectives of its “providers” and patients — perspectives today’s healthcare debate sorely lacks.

› Northeast Florida hospitals launch ‘Wear a Mask’ campaign
Northeast Florida hospitals are asking our community to wear a mask to protect others against the spread of COVID-19. Ascension St. Vincent’s, Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Hospital, Orange Park Medical Center, UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital launched a public service campaign that is being featured on billboards, social media and on TV.

› With busiest Florida testing sites closed, new coronavirus cases drop significantly
Florida on Monday reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases since June 23, with less than 4,800 new positive results, however, the figure is no reason for celebration because it is tied to the lack of testing due to all state-run testing sites closing because of Tropical Storm Isaias.

› Greater Milwaukee Area nurses travel to Jacksonville, Florida to fight surge of COVID-19 cases
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Wisconsin, they’re also spiking in Florida at record levels. On Sunday, three local nurses flew to Jacksonville to help their colleagues fight the pandemic after a sendoff at Mitchell Airport.

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