November 29, 2021
Florida becomes COVID's U.S. epicenter

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Florida becomes COVID's U.S. epicenter

| 7/27/2021

Florida becomes COVID's U.S. epicenter

Coronavirus cases have tripled in the past two weeks in Florida and there’s no sign the resurgent pandemic will slow down. There were 73,119 new infections reported between July 16 and Thursday, according to the latest seven-day report released by the state on Friday. That’s an average of more than 10,000 infections per day, a number not seen since early February. It’s also the highest increase in cases since the first wave of infections in June 2020. More from Florida Today, the Tampa Bay Times and the News Service of Florida.

Falling immunization numbers amid pandemic may threaten children’s school year

State law requires that all children receive immunizations that protect against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and other diseases to attend child care centers or schools. Across the state, rates for the vaccines required for children to enter classrooms and child care are down. That could be a problem for families that opted to wait because of COVID-19. [Source: Health News Florida]

Doctors worry memory problems after COVID may set stage for Alzheimer's

Some patients who have had COVID-19 develop symptoms resembling early Alzheimer's. Researchers are trying to figure out whether these people are more likely to develop the disease itself. What scientists have found so far is concerning. For example, PET scans taken before and after a person develops COVID-19 suggest that the infection can cause changes that overlap those seen in Alzheimer's. And genetic studies are finding that some of the same genes that increase a person's risk for getting severe COVID-19 also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's. [Source: NPR]

Red tide uptick spurs respiratory warning at Florida beaches

People may experience respiratory problems because of a persistent bloom of toxic red tide off Florida's Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service said Friday. The service issued a “beach hazards statement” affecting the oceanfront and bayside shores in Pinellas County from 11:30 a.m. Friday through at least 10 p.m. Saturday. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. “People with asthma, emphysema or any chronic lung disease may be more sensitive,” the NWS statement said. “Irritation may vary by beach and throughout the day.” [Source: AP]

Need a healthcare job? Medical sector leads Southwest Florida economy in hiring amid the pandemic

A worker shortage remains a universal, nagging concern shared by Bradenton-area employers as the economy gains steam from the worst days of the pandemic. Help Wanted signs seem to be everywhere for restaurant workers, A/C techs, tow truck drivers, convenience store clerks, screen printers. Most concerning is the critical shortage of healthcare workers. [Source: Bradenton Herald]

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