Megan Reeves - Health and Medicine Reporter

Health and Medicine Reporter

I write about policy and developments in health and medicine, and how they affect providers and patients in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida. I’ve been a Sunshine State resident since I was 4 and likely will never leave, though my favorite season is whenever it’s coldest. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I decided I wanted to work for this newspaper and make St. Petersburg my home. I started my career covering local governments in north Pinellas County, then moved to reporting on education. Thrifting is my favorite thing to do, and I spend a lot of time working with a local cat rescue. You can often find me in my hammock at Lassing Park, or sipping earl grey at Black Crow in the Grand Central district. Want to talk about a story? Meet me there for a cup, my treat.

  1. Nurses and their supporters rally in front of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York oon Thursday. The nurses were demonstrating to bring attention to the the lack of preparedness for a coronavirus second wave, especially with regards to PPE and staffing levels.
  2. Dr. Andrew Myers (second from right), head of inpatient COVID-19 care at Tampa General Hospital, normally spends Thanksgiving at his parents' house in Pensacola. It's the only time of year he sees his brother, second from left, and other extended family. The gathering is called off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Doing the work that I do ... it wouldn’t be the right thing to do to potentially expose them," he said.
  3. Florida está lista con millones de jeringas, agujas y toallitas con alcohol que se usarán para distribuir los medicamentos, dijo el gobernador DeSantis.
  4. Gov. Ron DeSantis took to Twitter Thursday to announce the latest developments regarding vaccines to fight COVID-19. The governor said vaccines by the drug makers Pfizer and Moderna could be available to millions of patients by late December and that the state has identified five Florida hospital systems with the ability to store and distribute the vaccines. One of them is Tampa General Hospital.
  5. A motorist is seen attempting to drive on a flooded Bayshore Blvd as Tropical Storm Eta sends torrential downpours, storm surge flooding and wind across the Tampa Bay Area on November 12, 2020.
  6. Water splashes against the seawall along Pass A Grille Way in St. Pete Beach on Wednesday as squalls from Tropical Storm Eta move through Pinellas County.
  7. Local health care experts are keeping a close eye on coronavirus data, fearing that people suffering from "pandemic fatigue" have given up on social distancing measures. On Halloween, crowds packed Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. Recent increases in cases point to another possible surge.
  8. la activista comunitaria Julie Jenkins (izq) perdió contra la representante estatal Jackie Toledo por el Distrito 60 de Florida, basado en South Tampa.
  9. Community activist and marketing professional Julie Jenkins has announced she intends to run against two-term Republican state Rep. Jackie Toledo in south Tampa-based District 60.
  10. State Rep. Amber Mariano, left, a Republican from Pasco County, is challenged by Democrat Daniel Endonino for the District 36 seat of the Florida House of Representatives.
  11. Evening traffic passes by the intersection of Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Boulevard as Jo Ann Hartge, president of the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association, left, instructional coach Melinda Barrett, and teacher Lucy Tucker, right, wave signs in 2015 in support of the half-cent sales tax for schools referendum. The measure passed by an overwhelming margin in November of that year and has since paid for about $21 million worth of projects in Hernando schools. [Times, 2012]
  12. For use with daily coronavirus numbers.
  13. Then-President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010.
  14. Maria Fernanda works on contact tracing at the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County in May. It's a labor-intensive practice that helps control the coronavirus, but one official says the state might stop funding it soon.
  15. A woman waits in her car for a flu shot at a recent Florida Blue drive-up event.
  16. Three health experts from the University of South Florida and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor held a virtual town hall about the coronavirus Thursday evening at Busch Gardens. It was broadcast on Facebook Live, where users posed questions to the panelists.
  17. Volunteers for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, known as SHINE, recently picked up materials they can use to virtually help Medicare beneficiaries with open enrollment. Pictured from left are volunteer Gordon Baum, SHINE administrative assistant Cari Sutton and volunteer Ben Jordan.
  18. Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital care, nursing home care, hospice and at-home care. But that's just one piece of a larger coverage puzzle that can often seem complicated. Beneficiaries can seek help from a state program called SHINE. Experts from the Medicare office and insurers also can provide information.
  19. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks during a news conference in March. She will participate in a town hall about the pandemic Thursday evening alongside experts from the University of South Florida.
  20. For use with daily coronavirus numbers.
  21. Specialists take calls at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, which is seeing up to 400 calls a week on its counseling line, about twice the normal amount. Experts say the number of people seeking help for mental health issues has dramatically increased during the pandemic, both in Tampa Bay and across the nation.
  22. Members of the Florida Senate fill the chamber on March 12 as lawmakers dealt with budget negotiations and the coronavirus outbreak.
  23. Signs at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg got a new look on Thursday after the purchase of the hospital by Orlando Health became official.