Tampa Bay Times: Mark Inch, Florida’s prison boss, tests positive for COVID-19

Tampa Bay Times: Mark Inch, Florida’s prison boss, tests positive for COVID-19. “After months of attempting to mitigate COVID-19′s spread through the Florida prison system, Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch is facing the highly infectious disease himself. In a press release sent late Friday night, the department said Inch and Deputy Secretary Ricky Dixon have tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Columbia Correctional Institution and attending a Florida Sheriff’s Association conference July 27.”

Yahoo News: Miami-Dade ICUs at 146% capacity with coronavirus patients, according to federal document

Yahoo News: Miami-Dade ICUs at 146% capacity with coronavirus patients, according to federal document. “Hospitals in the Miami area have been so overwhelmed by coronavirus patients that intensive care units are now operating well beyond full capacity, according to a federal pandemic update obtained by Yahoo News. The information comes from the ‘senior leadership brief’ for July 27 prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, and distributed to federal agencies involved in the pandemic crisis. The document includes detailed analyses on various aspects of the crisis, from emerging hot spots to supply chain updates.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Help us out, Gov. DeSantis. We’re dying here | Editorial

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Help us out, Gov. DeSantis. We’re dying here | Editorial. “Gov. Ron DeSantis wore a face mask as he greeted Vice President Mike Pence with a fist-bump at Miami’s airport Monday. He should back up the photo-op with a sensible and long-overdue statewide mask requirement.”

‘Small victory’: Florida waives work requirements for food stamp recipients for another month (Tampa Bay Times)

Tampa Bay Times: ‘Small victory’: Florida waives work requirements for food stamp recipients for another month. “Facing a workforce still grappling with the coronavirus crisis, Florida officials said [July 28] that they would extend for another month a waiver of job search requirements residents must comply with so that they can get aid to buy food.”

WUSF: State Prisons Chief, Top Aide Test Positive For Coronavirus

WUSF: State Prisons Chief, Top Aide Test Positive For Coronavirus. “As COVID-19 spreads throughout the state’s prison system, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch and one of his top lieutenants have tested positive for the virus, the state agency announced late Friday night.”

CNN: Child hospitalizations from Covid-19 surge 23% in Florida as schools statewide must reopen

CNN: Child hospitalizations from Covid-19 surge 23% in Florida as schools statewide must reopen. “On July 16, the state had a total of 23,170 children ages 17 and under who had tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Florida Department of Health. By July 24, that number jumped to 31,150. That’s a 34% increase in new cases among children in eight days.”

CNN: 5,000 health care professionals call on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue a state-wide mask mandate

CNN: 5,000 health care professionals call on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue a state-wide mask mandate. “With 432,747 confirmed coronavirus cases, Florida is now at the center of the US Covid-19 outbreak, prompting a union for one of the state’s largest healthcare systems to seek a mask order. Florida is second only to California in confirmed cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. So to help curb the spread of the virus, the Jackson Health employee union representing more than 5,000 nurses, physicians and health care professionals is demanding that Gov. Ron DeSantis issue a state-wide mask mandate, according to a news release issued by the group.”

WUSF: After Private Party, At Least 17 UF Health Anesthesiologist Residents Contract Coronavirus

WUSF: After Private Party, At Least 17 UF Health Anesthesiologist Residents Contract Coronavirus. “At least 17 anesthesiologist residents and a fellow at one of the premier university hospital systems in Florida contracted COVID-19 earlier this month after attending a private party together, according to hospital insiders and internal documents.”

The Atlantic: I Went to Disney World

The Atlantic: I Went to Disney World. “Earlier this month, Walt Disney World began reopening, following almost four months of closure due to the pandemic. I flew to Orlando to experience the magic. The week I arrived, Florida had registered the highest single-day case count of any state thus far. In Orlando’s airport, I felt a vague sense that Floridians considered such statistics a source of secret pride, as if they had set a record for fattest alligator or ugliest serial killer or most senior citizens in a golf cart.”

NBC News: Florida lawyers offering free living wills to teachers returning to school during the pandemic

NBC News: Florida lawyers offering free living wills to teachers returning to school during the pandemic. “Since advertising the free living wills, a document that provides legal instructions for a person’s choice of medical care should they be unable to communicate them directly to a doctor themselves, [Charles Gallagher] has received inquiries from some 600 teachers and others school employees.”

Mistake by Florida on child COVID-19 rate raises question: Can Florida’s numbers be trusted? (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Mistake by Florida on child COVID-19 rate raises question: Can Florida’s numbers be trusted?. “An error by the Florida Department of Health produced a COVID-19 positivity rate for children of nearly one-third, a stunning figure that played into the debate over whether schools should reopen. A week after issuing that statistic, the department took it back without explanation. The next weekly report on children and COVID-19 showed the rate had plunged to 13.4%.”

Washington Post: Coronavirus ravaged Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined scientists and followed Trump

Washington Post: Coronavirus ravaged Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined scientists and followed Trump. “As the virus spread out of control in Florida, decision-making became increasingly shaped by politics and divorced from scientific evidence, according to interviews with 64 current and former state and administration officials, health administrators, epidemiologists, political operatives and hospital executives. The crisis in Florida, these observers say, has revealed the shortcomings of a response built on shifting metrics, influenced by a small group of advisers and tethered at every stage to the Trump administration, which has no unified plan for addressing the national health emergency but has pushed for states to reopen.”

The Hill: GOP governors in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Florida see approval sink

The Hill: GOP governors in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Florida see approval sink. “Republican governors four states with surging coronavirus case numbers have seen their approval ratings sink in recent weeks, according to survey data obtained by Axios. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp all had disapproval ratings of 55 percent or higher in the survey taken between July 13 and July 19.”

Gainesville .com: Site tracks schools’ reopening plans

Gainesville. com: Site tracks schools’ reopening plans. “Amid confusion over how Florida students will return to school next month, university-based education experts have created a system to track how each district’s reopening plans evolve. Researchers from the University of Florida’s College of Education have compiled a policy brief and database, the first of a series, that documents each of the state’s 67 school districts’ reopening plans as they develop.”