Latest Florida Department of Health News

Michigan health chief traveled out of state amid virus spike

Apr. 14, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health director Elizabeth Hertel traveled with family to Alabama for spring break last week despite her department's guidance to avoid out-of-state travel while Michigan suffers a raging coronavirus outbreak. The trip was first reported by...

Coroner: Man who died after vaccine died of natural cause

Apr. 07, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida doctor who died about two weeks after he got Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine died in a manner that has been categorized as natural, an official with the medical examiner’s office said Wednesday. Dr. Gregory Michael died from a condition that...

The Latest: SKorea's daily virus increase tops 500 again

Apr. 03, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea’s daily increase in coronavirus infections exceeded 500 for the fourth straight day, a pace unseen since January, as experts raise concern about another viral surge amid a slow rollout in vaccines. The 543 new cases reported by the...

Florida governor to forbid 'vaccine passports'

Mar. 29, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that he would issue an executive order forbidding local governments and businesses from requiring so-called “vaccine passports” to show proof that customers have been inoculated against the coronavirus. ...

Vaccines will be available to age 50 and up in Florida

Mar. 19, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians age 50 and up will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine beginning Monday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday. DeSantis said nearly 70% of Florida's senior citizens have been vaccinated and demand is dropping among those...

Extent of COVID-19 vaccine waste remains largely unknown

Mar. 15, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone to waste across the country. It's a heartbreaking reality that experts acknowledged was always likely to occur. Thousands...

The Latest: SKorean economy shrinks for 1st time in 22 years

Mar. 03, 2021 21:32 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea’s central bank says the country’s economy shrank for the first time in 22 years in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic destroyed service industry jobs and depressed consumer spending. Preliminary data released by the Bank of Korea on...