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Rebekah Jones, Florida’s former COVID-19 data scientist, turned herself in to police after a warrant was issued for her arrest for illegal use of the state’s computer system, CBS Miami reports. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the arrest of Jones, 31, on Monday morning. The agency said she is charged with one count …

As a limited supply of the coronavirus vaccine has become available across Florida, residents are understandably anxious to know when they will be able to stand in line for a dose. While one of the bigger sites in Broward County is switching how it will be taking residents in to get vaccinated, Miami-Dade County is …

As spring break nears and college students ready their plans to descend on Miami Beach, city officials are taking action to prevent a possible “super spreader” event in South Florida. Miami Beach is taking a different approach to spring break as coronavirus cases continue to increase in South Florida: organized events. The city is tentatively …

A Florida man caught on camera carrying a lectern through the United States Capitol during Wednesday’s riot has been arrested. NBC affiliate WFLA-TV reports 36-year-old Adam Johnson was booked into the Pinellas County Jail around 9 p.m. on Friday on a warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s office. Johnson lives in Parrish, located in nearby Manatee …

Health authorities are investigating the case of a South Florida doctor who died from a rare condition two weeks after receiving the first dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. Dr. Michael, who had worked as an OBGYN at Mt. Sinai Medical Center for more than a decade, died on January 3rd. According to his wife Heidi …

Much of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove will look deserted until next Monday.  The all-girls, K-12 private school is asking most of its students, grades 4-12, to stay home and learn remotely this week. The headmaster says to think of this as a holiday buffer period to prevent coronavirus infiltration after …

Miami’s Jackson Health System will begin offering appointments to the public for COVID-19 vaccinations. Jackson Health’s online portal for registration will open Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. with about 2,000 daily appointments available, with priority going to senior citizens. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the portal during a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital Monday. …

After two weeks off to recharge from a most unusual and stressful fall, Florida’s school students and teachers begin their return to classes — if not classrooms — this morning. Some will kick off new semesters under quickly crafted plans the state demanded for schools that intended to continue offering live remote instruction. Others will …

Some Memorial Healthcare workers said they are looking toward a new normal after receiving their second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, Saturday.  This comes as more is being done to push the vaccine, while a new variant of the virus has been reported in Florida.  “I got the shot today because it’s time to put …

More inaction on mental health Florida’s mental health care system ‘a mess’ | Editorial, Dec. 24 I read with great interest and much consternation both the third interim report regarding Florida’s mental health system and the Tampa Bay Times editorial calling for action. In 2000-2001, I chaired a gubernatorial commission on mental health and substance …