Florida, 7 percent of U.S. population, makes up quarter of new U.S. coronavirus cases
Novel coronavirus cases in Florida have soared past 269,800, with its latest daily case count forming nearly 25 percent of the country's daily case tally. Florida's population of nearly 21.5 million is around 6.5 percent of the total U.S. population. But the state's nearly 15,300 new infections Sunday formed over 24.9 percent of the nearly 61,400 new cases reported across the country that day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. [Source: Newsweek]
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Pandemic boosts telehealth into widespread use
The hassles that come with telehealth are temporary, patients and providers say, the inevitable growing pains of a new form of medical visit. Some, including seniors and those with lower incomes, will have a harder time gaining access to or utilizing the technology. Telehealth was already in use before COVID-19, but advocates were frustrated by its slow progress. [Source: Lakeland Ledger]
Federal pandemic loans flow to Florida health care providers
More than 4,600 health care providers in Florida received at least $1.7 billion in interest-free federal loans meant to prevent massive job layoffs, a News Service of Florida review of data released by the federal government shows. The loans, which went to providers ranging from pediatricians to pharmacists to hospice providers and nearly everything in between, helped keep 200,000 jobs. [Source: News Service of Florida]
Florida pediatricians urging caution in reopening schools
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new statement Friday clarifying its position when it comes to schools reopening this fall. They said schools should reopen on a case-by-case basis, and that markers for safety should be determined by local school leaders, public health experts, educators and parents working together. The president of the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics told The Florida Roundup that schools need to consider the prevalence of the coronavirus in their communities very carefully before making the decision to reopen. [Source: Health News Florida]
What if, back in January, your crystal ball predicted something like this: Halfway through the most turbulent economic year of the 21st century, your retail operations will more than double. Instead of laying people off, you’ll be adding more bodies. By December, you’ll be opening at least nine more brick-and-mortar stores. And once that happens, you’ll count somewhere between 700 and 800 Floridians on your payroll across the state. Well, then, you’d be in the medical marijuana business. Or rather, you’d be part of the innovative Sarasota-based startup known as AltMed, which has proven to be bulletproof against the coronavirus. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
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› UNF’s `MedNexus’ to connect health-care and education, build career pathways [Florida Times-Union]
A recently approved $6 million state grant will fund the first phase of University of North Florida’s planned MedNexus, which will be the first university-based medical collaboration of its kind and help address an expected shortage of health care professionals, according to UNF. MedNexus will connect health care providers with university students, faculty and researchers and “consolidate health care disciplines, technology development, research and analytics,” according to UNF.
› Jacksonville area hospitals scale back types of patient visits allowed [WUSF]
Some Jacksonville hospitals are changing their patient visitation policies in response to the recent surge in coronavirus cases. Ascension St. Vincent's is no longer letting friends or family members see patients at its three hospitals. That policy went into effect Friday at 6 a.m. The handful of exceptions includes pediatric, labor-and-delivery and surgical patients.
› New trial using antibodies to attack coronavirus launches at Sarasota Memorial Hospital [Health News Florida]
Sarasota Memorial is the first hospital in Florida to begin a scientific trial using an experimental antibody treatment to attack coronavirus. Doctors hope the treatment, called REGN-COV2 and made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, will offer a new way to treat and possibly prevent COVID-19.
› Sale of Bayfront Health to Orlando nonprofit hospital system cleared [Tampa Bay Times]
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, the city’s oldest hospital, will be sold. City Council on Thursday approved new lease terms for the facility, which is on city property. That decision clears the way for nonprofit Orlando Health to take over operations of the hospital from Community Health Systems Inc., the private company which currently owns the 480-bed hospital.