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Florida’s coronavirus vaccination program for Floridians 65 and older at Publix supermarkets downstate, is being expanded to the western Panhandle.

The first reservations are being taken on Wednesday.

“Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia – we think we got it right by prioritizing seniors first; we’re going to continue to do it and as we get more doses, we’re going to be able to do even more,” said the governor in Niceville Tuesday.



Residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will be the first to get a coronavirus vaccine when Florida begins receiving it.

“We anticipate an FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine; and we believe next week we’ll see approval for the Moderna vaccine,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis in a video released last week.

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As the weather turns cooler, the COVID-19 pandemic is spiking in Northwest Florida – as elsewhere – with experts saying it will get worse before it gets better. Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson and Gov. Ron DeSantis had local and state updates.

Almost 17,000 COVID-19 cases are reported in Escambia County, according to the Florida Department of Health, with an 8.86% positivity rate as of Monday, according to the mayor.

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Speaking in Melbourne Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis downplayed a report by the Department of Health, showing a daily record of 173 new COVID-19 deaths in the state.

The governor spoke on a day when Florida reached a new milestone with more than 5,777 coronavirus deaths, and the total number of cases in the state rose past 389,000.

Gov. Ron DeSantis provided an update on Florida’s coronavirus siege in Miami on Monday, and did not escape the wrath of an in-person protester. And, Pensacola-area residents now have a new source for local COVID-19 numbers.

The governor had just begun his remarks, when a protester confronted him from where the media was positioned.

“You are doing nothing; you are misleading the public,” said the unidentified man talking over the governor. “Over 4,000 people have died, and you guys have no plan and you are doing nothing.”

After stops in Fort Myers and Orlando last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis continued his tour of Florida medical centers on Sunday, with a stop at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

As of Sunday, there were 8,530 new positive cases reported with 29 fatalities, according to the Florida Department of Health. Florida broke its single-day record for COVID-19 cases again Saturday with 9,585 cases in 24 hours. That brings the overall total of 141,000 cases and 3,419 fatalities.


Health officials in Florida report eight new cases of coronavirus as of late Wednesday, bringing the total diagnosed to 21. This as Gov. Ron DeSantis says action is being taken on a number of levels.

Speaking in Tallahassee, DeSantis said they’ve been working with “a lot of different folks” throughout the state, at the municipal level; health departments in all 67 counties, the private sector, and the feds, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The FBI is working under the presumption that Friday’s shooting aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola was an act of terrorism, and that all international students are accounted for.

Larry Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said at a Sunday news conference that the mindset among investigators in this case was galvanized by the heroics of the deputies who rushed into harm’s way to neutralize the threat.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is out with his proposed $91.4 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning in July. Part of it is aimed at attracting teachers to the state.

The spending plan is about $400 million over the current budget.

“We’re going to invest $22.9 billion in funding for the [Florida Education Finance Program]; that’s an increase of over a billion dollars over last year,” DeSantis said. “Nine hundred million will represent the initiatives we’ve done for teacher compensation, [along with] teacher and principal bonus programs.”

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael devastating parts of the Florida Panhandle, Gov. Ron DeSantis attended several events in Panama City on Thursday.

One of those stops was a news conference, in which the Governor outlined past help for the area, and announced more is on the way from a state job growth grant fund.