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Sam Ogozalek - Health Reporter

Health Reporter

I’m here to help you navigate the confounding, complex U.S. health care system — especially as it relates to mental and behavioral health — and to hold institutions accountable for your quality of care. Do you have a story to tell? Let’s talk. I’m from a rural town in upstate New York and attended Syracuse University, where I edited The Daily Orange, the school’s independent student newspaper. When I’m not working, I love to hike, especially in the Big Cypress. If you have trail recommendations, reach out any time.

  1. This 2003 electron microscope image, made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows mature, oval-shaped mpox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right. A global mpox outbreak caused thousands of infections in 2022.
  2. Shayne Marx and her husband Bryan Marx snuggle with their day-old baby, Peyton, in their hospital room at Tampa General Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.
  3. Adultos se registran en el Centro para personas mayores de Town N Country para participar en un evento de concientización sobre la gripe. Foto: Archivo AP
  4. Hillsborough County detention deputy Nathan Weaver, 42, was charged with driving under the influence, the Sheriff’s Office said.
  5. Flu has spiked earlier than usual this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The H3N2 strain of influenza A is dominant.
  6. Seniors, individuals with underlying conditions such as heart or lung disease, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to become seriously ill from cases of COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
  7. COVID-19 testing site workers register and test patients for the virus at Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Ahead of the winter holidays, new subvariants are causing some concern, and bivalent booster uptake is low.
  8. Tony Karlhofer of Largo places flowers near a makeshift memorial for Deputy Michael Hartwick at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Largo on Sept. 23. BayCare Health System is hosting free grief support sessions before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  9. People held up signs during a joint meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine on Nov. 4, 2022. The boards established new rules blocking medical treatments for transgender youth.
  10. The virtual reality therapy room is marked at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
  11. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said the city had suffered only minimal damage from Tropical Storm Nicole by mid-day Thursday.
  12. Protesters held cardboard signs shaped like tombstones in front of the Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport in early August 2022 as the Florida Board of Medicine met to discuss a proposed rule by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration to ban transition-related medical treatments for transgender minors.
  13. Los centros aceptarán la mayoría de los principales seguros de salud.
Walmart está ampliando sus servicios de atención médica en Florida. El gigante minorista abrirá 16 clínicas en el estado el próximo año.
  14. Walmart is expanding its health care services in Florida. The retail giant will open 16 clinics in the state next year.
  15. Nijah Slaughter, lead intervention specialist, listens during a 988 call at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. “Do you feel like he’s in immediate danger at his moment?” she asks.
  16. Experts worry that a severe flu season coupled with COVID-19 this winter will overwhelm hospitals.
  17. A couple embraces while waiting in line for warm food from Scooby’s BBQ and Grub Shack on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, after Hurricane Ian destroyed areas of Port Charlotte and left some without power.
  18. Julie Walton hugs her granddaughter Nyah VanHoose in front of the house where they rode out Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in Bonita Beach.
  19. The Hillsborough County administration building on E Kennedy Boulevard pictured on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 after Hurricane Ian pummeled Florida.
  20. People stopped along Bayshore Boulevard to see the effects of Hurricane Ian, which produced a reverse storm surge, pulling water out of Hillsborough Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 in Tampa.
  21. A flood barrier surrounds Tampa General Hospital in preparation for Hurricane Ian's arrival. The hospital is the region's only Level 1 trauma center.
  22. The National Hurricane Center's latest advisory shows Ian's forecast track shifting slightly east. The storm is now forecasted to make landfall slightly below Tampa Bay.
  23. A health care worker prepares to administer a monkeypox vaccine at the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors on July 12. The average number of new infections in the state has dipped to 18 per day.
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