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Coronavirus Updates
Most of Florida is now at high risk of COVID-19. Glades and Hendry County (highlighted on map) are at medium risk. [Image courtesy CDC]

Most of Florida at high risk for COVID-19

Most of Florida is now considered at “high” risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) map shows counties at high risk for COVID-19 in red, medium risk in yellow and low risk in green. Okeechobee County (medium risk in yellow) is outlined.

Palm Beach County at high risk from COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spreading again in Florida, according to data shared June 3 by the Florida Department of Health.

New covid positivity in Florida at 3.8%

TALLAHASSEE – For the week of April 1-7, Florida’s new COVID-19 positivity rate was 3.8%.
Human Interest
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Community News

TCFB applaudes announcement of additional funding for hunger relief

Treasure Coast Food Bank applauds this week’s announcement from the Biden administration...

No Kid Hungry commits $200,000 to fight child hunger in rural communities

On Sept. 1, No Kid Hungry Florida announced $200,000 in funding to address child hunger...

Race for Recovery promotes unity in the community

A perennial favorite of local runners and walkers, the event features ribbons for all participants...
Government
The State Legislative Budget Commission has approved a $1 million Local Support Grant, sponsored by...
 Voters contacted by their county Supervisor of Elections office about signature issues on their vote-by-mail ballot envelopes have until 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 to …
On March 2, the United States Postal Service announced that it has delivered more than 270 million COVID-19 test kits to American households...
Schools

IRSC elects new chair, vice chair for District Board of Trustees

The Indian River State College (IRSC) Board of Trustees unanimously elected...

Gov. DeSantis announces initiatives to support teaching workforce

On Aug. 16, Governor Ron DeSantis announced three proposals for the 2023 Legislative Session that will help support...
Wildlife & Environment

UF/IFAS appoints internationally acclaimed scientist to lead new ISRI

In this newly created role, Thomas will establish the framework for ISRI, which will bring...

Water quality degradation is a symptom of larger problem, says State Science Office

“Its easy for us to sometimes get trapped, thinking that water quality degradation is the challenge that we are facing..."

UF expert explains how people can help prevent species from becoming invasive

Florida crawls with invasive species: Burmese pythons, water hyacinths, Brazilian peppertrees.
Opinion
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission is poised to take a key step toward returning humans to the moon after a half-century hiatus...
Move over bacon and ranch dressing – There's a new hot flavor in town.
If you have questions about cowboy hats, Jay “Jaybird” Crews at Eli’s Western Wear is the man to see.
Weather
WASHINGTON -- President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. approved Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s request for an emergency declaration on Sept. 24, ahead of Tropical Storm Ian. The declaration authorizes …
On May 2, AARP Florida announced a variety of AARP resources available to Floridians as they prepare for Hurricane Season ...
Emergency preparedness officials on Wednesday warned Floridians not to get complacent during..
Nation & World

Thousands gather to mark Srebrenica massacre, bury victims

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of people converged on the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica Monday to mark the 27th anniversary of Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since the …

New coronavirus mutant raises concerns in India and beyond

The quickly changing coronavirus has spawned yet another super contagious omicron mutant that’s worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including …

Srebrenica women honored for highlighting 1995 massacre

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — They were the ones who lived in a world in which their husbands, sons, brothers, uncles and nephews were massacred. They were the ones who fought to make sure …

Some Russians won't halt war protests, despite arrest fears

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, Anastasia has started her day by composing an anti-war message and posting it on the wall at the entrance of her apartment block in the industrial city of Perm in …
State

Boy dies in hot car parked outside Miami area Jewish center

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside a South Florida preschool where both his parents are staff members, police said. The child was one of several …

Rural Florida county shocked by fentanyl deaths over holiday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A small, largely rural county west of Florida’s capital saw an unheard-of spike in deadly drug overdoses believed to be caused by fentanyl mixed with other illegal drugs, …

$28.4 million in funding awarded to 23 Florida communities

On June 21, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $28.4 million in funding for economic growth...

Father of teen killed on Florida ride fears death forgotten

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The father of a Missouri teenager killed after falling from a towering Florida amusement park ride said Monday that he fears his son's death will be forgotten, with tragic …
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