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Florida COVID surge getting worse as groups gather for Christmas

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Florida COVID surge getting worse as groups gather for Christmas

| 12/27/2022

Florida COVID surge getting worse as groups gather for Christmas

Statewide COVID hospitalizations hover at three-month highs, driven by offshoots of the virus' omicron variant. Less than one in 10 eligible Floridians has received the latest shots designed for omicron subvariants. Medical facilities tended to 1,897 COVID-positive patients this past week, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said Thursday. That's the highest level since Sept. 21. [Source: Ocala StarBanner]

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Dr. Hyun Suh's new scarless surgery is a gamechanger for thyroid patients

“Many people may not think about scarring before the surgery, but after the surgery that is one of the most common complaints from the patients,” says Dr. Hyun Suh, a surgeon who practices at HCA’s Hospital for Endocrine Surgery in South Tampa. “It can have significant implications,” he says, impacting patients’ mental well-being and straining their social interactions. [Source: Florida Trend]

DeSantis’s request for COVID vaccine probe denounced by health experts

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s petition for a grand jury investigation into COVID-19 vaccines, in which he decries the ongoing vaccine campaign as “propaganda” by the Biden administration, is drawing fierce criticism from health experts. The governor's petition for a grand jury investigation was approved by the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday, clearing the way for what his office described as a probe into “wrongdoing committed against Floridians related to the COVID-19 vaccine.” [Source: The Hill]

To improve healthcare, Florida lawmakers should let affordability, choice be their guide

During the first year of the pandemic, Latinos had PPP loans approved at just half the rate of white-owned businesses, meaning they had fewer resources to weather the storm. Now, more than two years after the start of the pandemic and with business owners facing rising costs, we need to promote the economic advancement of Florida’s Hispanic business community, which will benefit every Floridian. Florida policymakers must address rising costs as business owners, their employees and their customers struggle with high inflation. This includes addressing the rising cost of healthcare coverage. [Source: Miami Herald]

Florida mental health counselor explains how to navigate post-holiday blues

The holidays can bring so much joy but they can also be a time of loneliness, stress, and anxiety. Expectations for the season often don’t match our reality whether that's because of finances, family or, simply, feelings. Counselors say there are steps we can take to care for our mental health as the holidays wind down. [Source: WESH]

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