COVID CASES RISING BUT HOSPITALIZATIONS LOW IN THE KEYS

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COVID-19 cases are ticking upward in Monroe County, but they aren’t leading to serious illness and the need for hospitalization among the infected. The Florida Health Department report...

FLORIDA KEYS HOSPITALS REPORT 28 COVID PATIENTS AS OF FRIDAY, JAN. 14

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By Mandy Miles and Jim McCarthy As the highly contagious Omicron variant makes positive COVID tests the rule rather than the exception, experts point to hospitalizations rather than...

COVID CASES SOAR IN THE KEYS AS MANY SEEK TESTS FOLLOWING BUSY HOLIDAY SEASON

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Lines poured out the door of the Advanced Urgent Care facility in Key Largo on the morning of Jan. 4 as people waited to receive a COVID-19...

OMICRON & LACK OF COVID VACCINES FOR KIDS IN KEYS DISCUSSED AT BOCC

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At the Dec. 8 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the emergency management department’s director, Shannon Weiner, said that only a limited number of COVID vaccines for children...

ISLAMORADA URGES STRICTER MASK MANDATE IN SCHOOLS

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At the Oct. 12 Monroe County school board meeting, board members were taken aback at a resolution passed by the Islamorada Village Council that asked the district...

COVID UPDATE: CASES DECLINING IN THE KEYS

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A COVID-19 surge during the summer is slowing down in Florida and the Keys, according to data by the Florida Health Department that shows five weeks of...

POLITICAL DEBATE: SCHOOL BOARD KEEPS MASKING AS IS DESPITE DEBATE

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At first, the Sept. 21 Monroe County School Board meeting was deceptively “normal,” like it was before the pandemic. There were no updates from the health department...

Emergency rule: Students exposed to COVID no longer required to quarantine

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The Florida Department of Health has issued a new emergency rule declaring that parents now have a choice whether to quarantine a child who has been exposed...

SCHOOL MASK OPT-OUT IS UPHELD AFTER TENSE EXCHANGE ON BOARD

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On Sept. 7, the school board, district staff, health officials and the public sat together through another tense four-hour meeting. At least three hours were devoted to...

HOW MANY COVID-19-RELATED DEATHS IN MONROE COUNTY?

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Deaths related to COVID-19 infections stood at 63 in Monroe County on Aug. 31. Of those deaths, two were among individuals who were vaccinated, per the county’s...