‘The cavalry has arrived,’ Michigan Governor Whitmer, St. Pete Mayor Kriseman talk American Rescue Plan signing

With the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan now law, Florida is set to receive billions in funding along with direct payments to citizens. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman joined Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and others on a call Thursday to discuss the importance of the bill becoming law. LISTEN: Also joining the call was Milwaukee… Read more »

Florida House Dems introduce wide-ranging COVID relief bill offering alternative to GOP proposals

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Thursday, Democrats in the State House Thursday introduced a wide-ranging COVID-19 bill that offers alternatives to some Republican proposals. The sweeping bill offers protection from evictions, protects some businesses from COVID-related suits, looks to provide more transparency in data reporting and much more. LISTEN: At 69-pages, representatives… Read more »

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Here is the form your doctor needs to fill out for you to get medical vulnerability access to the coronavirus vaccine

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Florida Department of Health has (finally) released the form required for doctors to fill out for a patient to get access to the coronavirus vaccine based on “EXTREME VULNERABILITY TO COVID-19.” Below the form, you can find information about Hillsborough County announcing a new satellite vaccination… Read more »

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Coronavirus UK variant will likely lead to another Florida surge in Spring: epidemiologist

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources An epidemiologist is warning that he expects another coronavirus surge in Florida in the spring because of a combination of factors. WMNF interviewed Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, D.C. One factor is that Florida leads the… Read more »

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New information about coronavirus vaccination availability in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The University Mall mass coronavirus vaccination site will be relocating to near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. #COVID19 Vaccine Update:The @FLSERT vaccine site at University Mall will relocate to @RJStadium next week. Individuals with existing appointments will have their appointments honored at the new location. Details of… Read more »

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Hillsborough County coronavirus and vaccination update

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources On Wednesday, Hillsborough County Commissioners heard an update on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations from the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County’s director. The full release from Hillsborough County is below:   Feb. 17 Board of County Commissioners COVID-19 Summary: Number of Seniors Vaccinated Continues to… Read more »

Florida man uses COVID stimulus to build garden, spread message of food independence

An East Tampa man is gaining notoriety after he used his COVID-19 stimulus check to start a garden at his home. He’s trying to share his produce with the neighborhood and teach others about food independence. LISTEN: It’s second-to-last house on Michael Chaney’s block, just next to a set of railroad tracks that bisect the… Read more »

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Hillsborough COVID-19 testing location reopens at USF

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center announced Monday that it is reopening a COVID-19 testing location at USF in Tampa. The full press release is below.   USF COVID-19 Testing Location Reopens; Other Free Public Locations Also Available COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 270 Hillsborough County, Fla. (Feb…. Read more »

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Tampa Bay legislators introduce bills to stave off looming eviction crisis

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources A group of state legislators from the Tampa Bay area Monday introduced bills aimed at improving the state’s eviction process. The legislation is an attempt to stave off an anticipated eviction crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. LISTEN: As District 63’s Representative Fentrice Driskell tells it… Read more »

Black Floridians get COVID-19 at a higher rate than whites, but whites get vaccinated at nearly three times the rate of Blacks

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Black Floridians have contracted COVID-19 at a higher rate than their White counterparts. But an analysis of the latest data available from the Florida Department of Health showed White Floridians are getting vaccinated at nearly three times the rate. LISTEN: According to Reverend R.B. Holmes, the disparity… Read more »

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Pinellas has new shipment of coronavirus vaccines; registration begins Saturday

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County announced Friday that it has gotten a new shipment of coronavirus vaccines. Registration for new appointments begins Saturday morning. You can register at the state’s vaccine portal, or call (844) 770-8548. The full press release is below: Pinellas receives… Read more »

Task force unveils action plan to get COVID-19 vaccine to minority communities

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Statewide Coronavirus Vaccination Community Education and Engagement Taskforce unveiled its 10-point plan Wednesday. It aims to get more COVID-19 vaccine to Florida’s minority communities. The Task Force announced the plan during a morning Zoom meeting. LISTEN: Task Force Chair Reverend RB Holmes said in the week… Read more »

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Congress member Kathy Castor: Dems are prepared to counter GOP protest of Electoral College results

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources On Wednesday, Congress will count the Electoral College results that delivered Joe Biden a 306-232 victory in the 2020 presidential election. But many Republicans plan to object based on debunked claims of election fraud. Tampa Democratic Congress member Kathy Castor told WMNF’s MidPoint Monday that her party… Read more »

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Limited supply, tech issues stunt COVID vaccine rollout to Floridians 65 and older

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources UPDATE 5 January 2021: Here’s an update to this story. Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties are not accepting new appointments for the coronavirus vaccine after demand for it filled up appointments for those counties’ existing stocks of vaccine. They might get more next week.   Florida county health… Read more »