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Weekly COVID Update
The Florida Department of Health added 11,069 cases to the state's totals for the seven days ending Thursday, according to its latest weekly report. According to the report, a total of 60,334 Floridians have died from COVID-19 related complications, an increase of 664 from the previous report. The state's positivity rate for new cases was 2.6%.

The report states 13,997,374 Florida residents have been vaccinated, a weekly increase of 56,500. In all, 73% of Florida’s population over the age of 12 has received at least one dose of vaccine.

OSHA vaccination rule on hold as Florida ready opposition
A federal appeals court in New Orleans has temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s new vaccine rule for large employers from moving forward. The three judge panel ruled on Saturday. Read more here.

Niceville Pride grows in numbers, and acceptance
The LGBTQ community in Niceville is hoping to keep the momentum going after the success of last month’s annual Pride event, which featured an increase in attendance and enthusiasm. The celebration showcased a Pride march down John Sims Parkway, vendors, a silent auction, an open-mic support group, a movie screening and a Pride prom. Read more here.

Walton County pastor shares how COVID has impacted his church and his health
he past 19 months during the pandemic have been difficult, to say the least. And that’s no truer statement for Ronnie McBrayer, who is founding pastor at A Simple Faith Church in Santa Rosa Beach. Since March 2020, he’s prayed for his community during the COVID-19 crisis, grieved over dozens of loved ones, found ways to attend to spiritual needs — albeit virtually — he’s even battled the virus himself. He shares his story here.

A broken toilet on SpaceX capsule means astronauts will return to Earth in diapers
Astronauts aboard the SpaceX capsule coming home Monday will have an extra challenge to deal with: no working toilet. Read more about it here.

The U.S. Navy has christened a ship named after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk
The U.S. Navy has launched and christened a ship named for the slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served in the Navy during the Korean War but was discharged after being questioned about his sexual orientation. Read more here.