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Romy Ellenbogen - Breaking News Reporter — Health

Breaking News Reporter — Health

I cover breaking news with an emphasis on health. I’m passionate about reporting on communities that may face extra challenges accessing care — immigrants, minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals, disabled people, prisoners, the uninsured and the poor. I’m a lifelong Floridian (from Coral Springs) and a University of Florida graduate. I know how much this state has to offer beyond the stereotypes and jokes, and I care about making sure every Floridian gets a chance to be heard. I have seen the movie Lady Bird 10 times and I spend too much of my free time making Spotify playlists.

  1. Beachgoers spread out on Clearwater Beach while largely abiding by social distancing rules on Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Clearwater. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  2. John Foss a nurse with the Pinellas County School Board prepares to administer a COVID-19 test to a local resident during a free drive-up and walk-up testing site coordinated by the Florida Department of Health Pinellas County on Saturday May 2, 2020 at the Frank H Pierce Recreation Center at Bartlett Park in St. Petersburg. Officials estimated that approximately 130 people were tested. Testing is also available weekdays during business hours at department headquarters located at 205 Dr. MLK Jr. St. North in St.Petersburg. For additional information on mobile testing refer to Health Department's website at http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
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  4. This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).  (CDC via AP, File). [AP]
  5. Social distancing measure in place in the restroom include blocking off a urinal and sinks to allow space between guests. The Florida Aquarium held a special members only Mother's Day event on Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Tampa. Experts say people should take precautions in public restrooms and potentially crowded spaces like elevators. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  6. Britany Berrian, of Largo, places a label on a vial containing a used COVID-19 viral test on May 6 at a testing site at Community Health Centers of Pinellas in Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  7. A mother holds her newborn son at home in Dunedin. New mothers who found themselves quarantined for coronavirus struggle with extra challenges. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times (2019)]
  8. Sunstar paramedics work to move one of 21 residents of Gulf Shore Care Center in Pinellas Park who tested positive for COVID-19 to local hospitals on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  9. Bicyclist John Turley was trying to cross U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park Friday night when he was hit and seriously injured, Pinellas Park police said. [Pinellas Park Police Department]
  10. Jose Villarreal, 56, of Tampa places his COVID-19 test into the drive-thru drawer at a CVS Health Friday, May 15, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. Villarreal said that he is planning to travel to out of the country and wanted to make sure he was not carrying COVID-19. He went on to explain that he does not have any symptoms and does not feel ill. "I should get my results in two to four days. It only took 25 minutes from waiting in line to taking the test." Said Villarreal [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  11. The National Hurricane Center in Miami expects Tropical Depression One into Tropical Storm Arthur on Sunday. [National Hurricane Center]
  12. Genyte Dirse, who has been the center of a controversial struggle over guardianship, died after staying in a nursing home with a coronavirus outbreak [Courtesy of Gedi Pakalnis]
  13. Planned Parenthood, citing heavy demand, recently opened a second Hillsborough County location at 246. E Bearss Ave. in Tampa. Hillsborough is one of only two counties in Florida with two Planned Parenthood clinics. [Courtesy of Planned Parenthood]
  14. Starting May 4, patrons were allowed to sit at restaurants again and enjoy cocktails on site, rather than only to-go. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  15. Servers wear face masks as patrons enjoy outdoor dining while crowding Beach Dr. on Friday, May 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Restaurants and patrons begin to adapt to the new rules set forth by Governor Ron DeSantis during phase one of re-opening of the state of Florida. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  16. Emergency personnel prepare to transport a patient by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  17. Governor Ron DeSantis dal's during a press conference at Tampa General Hospital om Monday, April 27, 2020 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  18. Ezequiel Martinez, of Clearwater, center, administers a COVID-19 viral test using a nasopharyngeal swab on Patrice O'Brien, of Largo, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Community Health Centers of Pinellas, 707 East Druid Road, in Clearwater where Pinellas County began COVID-19 testing on Monday. More than 400 tests were administered at the Clearwater location on Wednesday. Three testing sites, in Clearwater, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg are open M-F, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Those seeking testing can call (727) 824-8181 to make an appointment for the drive through. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  19. USF BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic set up a drive with Tampa Bay Harvest so their patients could get necessary food. [Courtesy of Dr. Lucy Guerra]
  20. A pedestrian wears a protective mask in Tampa last month. The number of coronavirus infections and deaths has continued to climb as cities across Florida prepare for a partial reopening. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  21. Eight employees at Grand Villa Senior Living in New Port Richey tested positive for coronavirus. [KIRSTY CHURCHILL  |  Kirsty Churchill]