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Allison Ross - State Accountability Reporter

State Accountability Reporter

My role as state accountability reporter means I get to look at what is and isn’t working in the Sunshine State and how that impacts the people who live in it. What happens here affects me and my family, so I won’t pull punches when I see a problem. If you’ve got a story to tell or an idea to share, I’m here to listen. I’m not a native Floridian, but this is my second stint living in this state. I used to work in South Florida at the Palm Beach Post and later at Bankrate. Before joining the Times in 2019, I spent time in Louisville, Kentucky, where I covered education and was part of the investigative unit at the Courier Journal. Reach out to me sometime; I’m always looking for tips.

  1. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus. [YouTube]
  2. Voter Dave Oldani, 55, on left, wears gloves as he enters the polls as the election deputy wears a protective mask and gloves as he holds the door outside of the Bay Vista Center on election day in the Florida presidential primary at 7000 4th St S, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  3. Krystal Davis, 48, arranges voter privacy booths as she and others set up an early voting site in Tampa ahead of the 2020 presidential preference primary. [ALLISON ROSS  |  Tampa Bay Times]
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  5. Rules for beach visitors are posted at a beach entrance on Pass-A-Grille Beach, St. Pete Beach, Monday, May 4, 2020. Beaches along the Pinellas County coast were opened Monday during the coronavirus pandemic.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  6. A look at the empty beach and parking area parallel to Shore Boulevard S., on April 2 in Gulfport. Public beaches have remained closed for five weeks to help stop the spread of coronavirus. On Monday, they will reopen. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. Los visitantes de la playa ignoran las señales de playa cerradas y las barricadas en Pass-A-Grille Beach, St. Pete Beach, el miércoles 4/28/2020. Los comisionados del condado de Pinellas votaron para abrir las playas el lunes, con restricciones. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  8. Charles Goetz looks down the fairway before teeing off on the first tee at Greynolds Golf Course on Wednesday in North Miami Beach. Hard-hit Miami-Dade and Broward counties took baby steps as did some other counties by reopening such outdoor recreation areas as parks and golf courses, but with heavy restrictions. "Finally," said Goetz. "Feels good to get some fresh air." [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  9. Registered phlebotomy technician Pam Graeff, left, and Cathy Green, APRN, right, prepare to do a drive-thru COVID-19 test at the BayCare Urgent Care in Carillon on March 18 in St. Petersburg. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  10. Nurse Maria Charri, left, wears personal protective equipment as she hugs Osmar Grave, 73, as they sing along to live music at a temporary quarantine and isolation facility for the homeless during the new coronavirus pandemic, Monday in North Miami. This location houses people age 60 and older who were living in shelters, on the street or were known to have health issues making them vulnerable to COVID-19. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  11. Emergency personnel prepare to transport a patient by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17 in Seminole. About 30 patients and staff members at a Pinellas County nursing home have tested positive for the coronavirus, county officials said. Several patients from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion have been transferred to local hospitals, Assistant County Administrator Lourdes Benedict told the Tampa Bay Times. Other residents of the facility will be tested, officials said, and the grounds are being cleaned. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  12. Gayle Spillman, St. Petersburg, left, receives food from Salvation Army volunteer Patricia Ortiz, Pinellas Park, right, Thursday during a mobile food pantry distribution at the Salvation Army's Citadel Community Center, 3800 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. "I've got six kids to feed and this food goes a long way," said Spillman. "It takes the stress off my shoulders." Spillman said she worked in home health care and had been out of work for a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. She said she recently went back to work. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  13. Advance provider Brittiany Garrett listens intently to a coworker’s question about a COVID-19 test sample recently at a mobile testing site in Fort Myers. The increasing number of people being tested requires nurses to pay extreme attention to detail when gathering and transporting test samples. [@2020 KINFAY MOROTI/SPECIAL TO TAMPA BAY TIMES  |  Kinfay Moroti]
  14. Healthcare workers talk with a patient before collecting a sample during a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of Adventure Island Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Tampa. The site will be opened for 30 days and features a testing collection method with saliva with results back to the patient in 2-3 days. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  15. Manatee County has recorded 35 deaths from COVID-19, the most in Tampa Bay. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  16. Registered nurse Angela Riinehart, right, guides a potential COVID-19 patient through a virtual consultation with a doctor recently inside a triage tent outside Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers. The tents and virtual consults help prevent the virus from spreading into the emergency room and main hospital. [@2020 KINFAY MOROTI/SPECIAL TO TAMPA BAY TIMES  |  Kinfay Moroti]
  17. La ventana del restaurante Divino Ceviche envía un mensaje positivo a los clientes durante la nueva pandemia de coronavirus, el lunes en Coral Gables. El restaurante está abierto solo para llevar y entregar alimentos para mitigar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus. Foto: LYNNE SLADKY | AP [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  18. Handwriting on the window of the Divino Ceviche restaurant sends a positive message to customers during the new coronavirus pandemic, Monday in Coral Gables. The restaurant is open only for takeout and delivery to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  19. Two Sunstar Paramedics' supervisor vehicles are seen outside of St. Mark Village nursing home Monday in Palm Harbor. Several residents were transported from St. Mark Village Monday to local hospitals. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  20. A Gulf Coast Medical Center nurse prepares ventilators for use recently in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Fort Myers, Florida.  [Kinfay Moroti]
  21. Shoppers exit a Publix grocery store as an unidentified Publix employee gathers shopping carts in the parking lot of Publix grocery store Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Dunedin. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  22. A pedestrian crosses East Kennedy Boulevard and Franklin Street, Tampa, wearing a protective mask, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Others in the background do not wear masks. Officials have recommended people to wear masks when outside during the coronavirus pandemic.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  23. Opa-locka Public Works employee Fred Cadet loads bags of fruits and vegetables in a person's car at a drive-thru food distribution site at Sherbondy Park on Tuesday in Opa-locka. Hundreds of people lined up for the fresh vegetables and fruit. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  24. Surfside, Fla. Police Sgt. Jay Matelis, right, hands out a pair of cloth protective masks to a resident as she drives through, Monday, April 13, 2020, in Surfside. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an Executive Order April 9, "requiring the use of facial coverings by people working in or visiting grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible." [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]