Florida Department of Health dashboard fails to update COVID cases

Erica Van Buren
| The Daytona Beach News-Journal

The Florida Department of Health did not update its daily coronavirus dashboard Saturday, Oct. 10.

On Friday, Florida announced 118 new coronavirus deaths statewide, including four in Volusia County, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 15,186.

Florida has also reported a total of 186 non-resident coronavirus deaths. Those numbers are not included in the state’s daily update. 

The lack of information follows an email Gannett papers in Florida sent to the DOH Friday morning requesting an explanation regarding the discrepancies between the county-by-county report and the daily dashboard. 

Additionally, the state report’s daily positivity rate has recently shown discrepancies. Yesterday’s report listed a daily positivity rate of 4.57% for Wednesday, but Friday’s report shows Wednesday’s positivity rate as 6.27%. 

The state Department of Health announced 2,908 new Florida cases on Friday, bringing the total statewide to 728,921.

Of those cases,

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World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize for hunger fight


In this image taken from video, David Beasley, center, executive director of the World Food Program, celebrates with members of WFP staff Friday in Niamey, Niger, after the agency was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. WFP via AP

NIAMEY, Niger — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting hunger and seeking to end its use as “a weapon of war and conflict” at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation.

Announcing the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it wished “to turn the eyes of the world towards the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger.”

The committee also said it hoped that bestowing the prize on the U.N. agency would highlight the need to strengthen global solidarity and cooperation in an era of go-it-alone nationalism.

“We are sending

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Trump Tells Sean Hannity He’s Ready for In-Person Events After Hospitalization (but Keeps Coughing)

Ben Gabbe/Getty; Win McNamee/Getty Sean Hannity (left) and President Donald Trump

Sounding more hoarse than usual and occasionally interrupting himself to cough and clear his throat, President Donald Trump called into Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Thursday night to give an update on his diagnosis with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and sound off — in Trump fashion — on other topics.

“I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night, if we have enough time to put it together,” said Trump, less than a day before aides said that he would actually speak with supporters at the White House instead.

Trump, 74, then quickly changed the subject when the Fox News host asked if he had been tested for COVID-19 since his diagnosis a week ago.

“Well what we’re doing is, probably, the test will be tomorrow,” the president said. “The actual test, because there’s no

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CarePlus Health Plans Medicare Advantage Plan Achieves 5-Stars Third Year in a Row

It’s the third year in a row, and the fourth time overall, that the company achieves the highest possible rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CarePlus Health Plans, Inc.’s Medicare Advantage members across Florida again can take comfort in knowing that they are enrolled in a health plan that has achieved the highest possible quality rating for the 2021 plan year from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It’s the third year in a row, and the fourth overall, that the company’s Medicare Advantage HMO plan achieved a 5-Star rating. CarePlus is a subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM).

Bruno Piquin, CarePlus President, attributes the company’s success to its emphasis on creating the best possible member experience.

Orlando area CarePlus member Joan Carucci agrees. “They listen to you. They talk to you, they kid with you, but yet they’re very

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Lesson not learned: Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

ROME — Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again and bars shutting down. Making matters worse, authorities say, is a widespread case of “COVID-fatigue.”

Record high daily infections in several eastern European countries and sharp rebounds in the hard-hit west have made clear that Europe never really crushed the COVID-19 curve as hoped, after springtime lockdowns.

Spain this week declared a state of emergency for Madrid amid increasing tensions between local and national authorities over virus containment measures. Germany offered up soldiers to help with contact tracing in newly flaring hotspots. Italy mandated masks outdoors and warned that for the first time since the country became the European epicenter of the pandemic, the health system was facing “significant critical issues” as hospitals fill up.

The Czech Republic’s “Farewell Covid” party in June, when thousands of Prague

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Puget Sound health experts share what they’ve learned since the COVID-19 pandemic hit

Some of western Washington’s top doctors and scientists reveal what they’ve learned about the pandemic so far.

SEATTLE — More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic and everyone has had to adjust their daily lives in some way. It feels like we’ve all learned a lot.  

That’s also the case for some of western Washington’s top scientists and public health officials.

KING 5 asked several of those officials: “What are the top things you have you learned in the past six months?”

Here are their responses:

Dr. Jeffrey Duchin

Health Officer, Public Health Seattle – King County

An important early lesson is that alignment of elected leaders and public health and medical experts allowed a rapid and effective response to the initial COVID-19 outbreak through community mitigation measures including the stay-at-home order, limiting public gatherings and non-essential activities, and face mask requirements.

The COVID-19 outbreak highlighted and exacerbated

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Public health officials announce 2,905 new COVID-19 cases statewide (LIVE UPDATES)

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Illinois’ positivity rate creeps back up to 4% with latest 2,905 coronavirus infections

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Illinois’ average coronavirus testing positivity rate rose to 4% for the first time in a month on Saturday as public health officials announced 2,905 more people have contracted the virus statewide.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported 31 more deaths were attributed to COVID-19, raising the state’s death toll to 8,975.

Illinois has recorded some of its highest daily case totals of the entire seven-month pandemic over the last week, due mostly to the fact that more people are being tested per day.

The latest cases were confirmed among 66,256 tests, while on average more than 55,000 tests have been administered daily statewide over the last month — almost triple the testing rate during the worst days of the pandemic in May.

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From janitor to health care worker

Jaines Andrades started working at Baystate Medical in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a janitor. But she worked her way through nursing school, and now ten years later she has returned as a nurse practitioner.

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“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades told CNN affiliate WBZ-TV.

In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

She said her journey at the Springfield hospital started when she got a call for an interview. At the time she had been working at a fast food restaurant, according to WBZ-TV.

She said she always wanted to help people. “Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe

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Pelosi introduces bill under 25th Amendment for commission to evaluate fitness of future presidents

House Democrats introduced a bill Friday to establish an independent commission under the 25th Amendment to evaluate a president’s health and oversee the transfer of power to the vice president if the president becomes incapacitated while in office.


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The provision would not apply to President Trump during his current term, but could be invoked in a second term if he is reelected.

The 25th Amendment was adopted in 1967 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to address what happens when the president of the United States is removed, dies, is incapacitated or is otherwise unable to fulfill the powers and duties of the office.

It provides for the vice president to serve as “acting president” if the president is incapacitated — during surgery, for example. It also allows for a transfer of power if the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet find the president

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MusiCares Launches Wellness In Music Survey | MusiCares

On Thursday (Oct. 1), the Recording Academy joined Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, to host a virtual industrywide #ChangeMusic Summit with leaders in music and media. The digital event is part of an ongoing series of initiatives facilitated by the Recording Academy to help accelerate equity and diverse representation within the organization and to further support inclusion outcomes across the wider music industry. 

Watch the #ChangeMusic Summit in full below. 

ChangeMusic: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

The four-hour event brought together leaders, executives and experts for panels on shifting culture, amplifying diverse voices, putting leadership in action and driving systemic change throughout the music community. As well, prominent culture trailblazers and music business leaders openly discussed best practices and strategies to encourage systemic change and elevate women, Black and Latinx, as well as all underrepresented music creators and professionals.

Some of the event’s participants included

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