CNN: A Florida chiropractor signed hundreds of mask exemption forms for students. Now, the district has tightened its mask policy

CNN: A Florida chiropractor signed hundreds of mask exemption forms for students. Now, the district has tightened its mask policy. “A school district in Sarasota County, Florida, has tightened its mask policy after a chiropractor signed hundreds of medical exemption forms that allowed students to opt out of wearing masks in schools, officials said. The Sarasota County School Board had voted in August to implement a 90-day mandatory mask policy for students, employees, visitors and vendors, with exceptions for medical reasons or if wearing a face mask would not be consistent with a student’s Individualized Education Plan.”

WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates . “A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July that served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health issuing a rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out of any student mask mandates.”

Opinion: Ron DeSantis reaches a new low of cynicism and recklessness (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: Ron DeSantis reaches a new low of cynicism and recklessness. “Although the wave of illness from the delta variant appears to be receding in Florida, the state has suffered a terrible summer toll of hospitalizations and deaths. A governor facing such a cataclysm might naturally be expected to use all methods to keep people safe. Instead, Mr. DeSantis, an ally of former president Donald Trump, has for months been campaigning against mask and vaccine mandates and actively sought to prevent business, government and schools from imposing them. These are vital tools to save lives in the face of a highly transmissible disease, but the governor insists that everyone should have the right to make their own decision. He casts himself as a defender of personal freedom.”

Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads nation in nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 deaths

Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads nation in nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 deaths. “More nursing home residents and staff died of COVID-19 in Florida during a four-week period ending Aug. 22 than in any other state in the country, according to an AARP analysis released today. Florida accounted for 21 percent of all nursing home resident deaths due to the virus nationwide. The data shows the state with 17 percent of staff deaths nationally during this time.”

Florida landlord says tenants must get the covid vaccine: ‘You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Florida landlord says tenants must get the covid vaccine: ‘You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move’. “Although Gov. Ron DeSantis was vaccinated in April, the Republican has said that getting immunized is a personal choice that should be left to individuals. DeSantis has pushed against mask and vaccination mandates in businesses and schools. He has also issued executive orders banning businesses and government entities from requiring proof of vaccination. [Santiago] Alvarez’s policy, which was first reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, tests the boundaries of DeSantis’s orders as some businesses in the state attempt to enact their own coronavirus policies to combat the surge in cases. The Biden administration has urged officials in states with low vaccination rates to take a stricter stand on vaccine and mask mandates.”

ProPublica: A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst.

ProPublica: A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst.. “As the nation’s hospitals fill and emergency rooms overflow with critically ill COVID-19 patients, it is the non-COVID-19 patients, like Seth, who have become collateral damage. They, too, need emergency care, but the sheer number of COVID-19 cases is crowding them out. Treatment has often been delayed as ERs scramble to find a bed that may be hundreds of miles away.”

Orlando Sentinel: Ex-Supreme Court justice backs ‘Grim Reaper’ who sued DeSantis over COVID pandemic

Orlando Sentinel: Ex-Supreme Court justice backs ‘Grim Reaper’ who sued DeSantis over COVID pandemic. “Daniel Uhlfelder garnered national headlines for donning the costume to criticize DeSantis’ handling of the pandemic. As COVID-19 cases surged throughout the state in March 2020, Uhlfelder filed a lawsuit asking a judge to order the governor to close beaches and issue a “safer-at-home” order to curb the spread of the virus. Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll in April 2020 found that he lacked the authority to force the governor to shut down beaches and dismissed the case but encouraged Uhlfelder to pursue an appeal.”

Techdirt: Florida Presents Its Laughable Appeal For Its Unconstitutional Social Media Content Moderation Law

Techdirt: Florida Presents Its Laughable Appeal For Its Unconstitutional Social Media Content Moderation Law . “Now that Texas has signed its unconstitutional social media content moderation bill into law, the action shifts back to Florida’s similar law that was already declared unconstitutional in an easy decision by the district court. Florida has filed its opening brief in its appeal before the 11th Circuit and… it’s bad. I mean, really, really bad.”

Tampa Bay Times: Tampa General has put her kidney transplant on hold; she blames the unvaccinated

Tampa Bay Times: Tampa General has put her kidney transplant on hold; she blames the unvaccinated. “Hundreds of patients have been left waiting for surgeries as Tampa Bay hospitals diverted doctors, nurses, ventilators and beds to treat a record level of COVID patients. AdventHealth has paused non-emergency surgeries at seven of its Tampa Bay Region hospitals. BayCare paused elective surgeries at hospitals in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Pasco counties. HCA Healthcare has also suspended some procedures.”

CBS 12: Palm Beach County hospitals dealing with full ICUs, staffing shortages

CBS 12: Palm Beach County hospitals dealing with full ICUs, staffing shortages. “The latest COVID-19 hospital report shows -20 ICU beds available in the county and -12 percent total capacity. The hospitals in the county are packed with patients and the state is also dealing with a nursing shortage. Statewide there is a need for 8,000 nurses. A lot of them leaving the profession, others moving to states where they get paid more.”

Washington Post: In Florida, a summer of death and resistance as the coronavirus rampaged

Washington Post: In Florida, a summer of death and resistance as the coronavirus rampaged. “As Florida appears to be turning the corner from a coronavirus rampage that fueled record new infections, hospitalizations and deaths, its residents and leaders are surveying the damage left from more than 7,000 deaths reported since July Fourth and the scars inflicted by feuds over masks and vaccines. New infections were averaging more than 22,000 a day in the last days of August but have fallen to about 19,000. Yet recovery could prove fleeting: Holiday weekends such as Labor Day have acted as a tinderbox for earlier outbreaks, and late summer marks the return of students to college campuses.”