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COVID wards are emptying out in Florida. Doctors say it's proof vaccines work

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COVID wards are emptying out in Florida. Doctors say it's proof vaccines work

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COVID wards are emptying out in Florida. Doctors say it’s proof vaccines work

At the height of Florida’s summer COVID-19 surge, there were more than 2,000 people hospitalized with the novel illness in the epicenter of Miami-Dade County. Now, with 1.2 million people in the county fully vaccinated, that number has dropped to below 300 for the first time since mid-October. The plummet comes as hospital COVID units are emptying out across the state, where fewer than 1,800 people are being treated for the disease statewide, compared to the late July height of about 9,500. [Source: Miami Herald]

Art exhibition pays tribute to frontline healthcare workers

Nelson Cárdenas has already received acclaim for his art. However, the self-taught artist who is a prep cook at Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital recently embarked on another project to promote positivity and healing during the COVID-19 pandemic, for which he’s now receiving a different type of praise. This week, an exhibition of Mr. Cárdenas’ portraits of hospital staff who provided care to COVID-19 patients during the pandemic opened at the Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando. [Source: Florida Trend]

No more updates to Florida’s daily COVID dashboard. There are weekly reports now

Florida will no longer update its COVID-19 dashboard that tracked the number of cases and deaths in the state. Its daily COVID-19 cases and vaccine reports have also stopped. Instead, it will post weekly reports on Fridays, Florida Department of Health Communications Director Weesam Khoury told the Miami Herald. The report has a new format, with condensed information. [Source: Miami Herald]

Florida health care company accepting Bitcoin for COVID-19 tests

Progressive Care Inc.,  a personalized healthcare services and technology company, is now accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment for its COVID-19 Rapid Resting services at its PharmcoRx locations. “We believe in the future of blockchain technologies, generally speaking, and we want to extend our market-leading services in rapid COVID-19 testing solutions to those who prefer to pay through Bitcoin,” noted Alan Jay Weisberg, CEO and Chairman of Progressive Care. [Source: Florida Trend]

USF studying how health ads affect hesitancy to seek care during pandemic

Researchers with the University of South Florida are studying how effective health care advertisements are at convincing people to receive in-person services. They're inviting people who have been hesitant to seek routine or emergency care because of the COVID-19 pandemic to participate. The online survey involves a partnership between USF's College of Public Health and Zimmerman School of Advertising & Communications. It involves showing participants a series of ads and asking them to share how they feel after seeing them. [Source: WUSF]

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