Coronavirus in Florida

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  1. U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, second right, closes her eyes as she waits with her daughter, Christine Pelosi, rear, and Eileen Mariano, granddaughter of the late U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, left, for Feinstein's casket to be taken to the funeral home after a day of lying in state at San Francisco City Hall on Oct. 4.
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, shakes hands with fairgoers after taking part in a Fair-Side Chat with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 12 in Des Moines, Iowa. Republicans are responding to a late summer spike in COVID-19 by raising familiar fears that government-issued lockdowns and mask mandates are on the horizon. GOP presidential hopefuls including DeSantis, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former President Donald Trump have spread this narrative.
  3. Pinellas County Extension Agent for Florida Sea Grant, Libby Carnahan, leads a group of people on a hike to discuss climate-change science and its effects on coastal communities in Florida at St. Petersburg's Weedon Island Preserve in 2020.
  4. Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at an event held by the Never Back Down PAC in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, June 10, 2023.
  5. This 2020 electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which cause COVID-19. A crucial question has eluded governments and health agencies since the COVID-19 pandemic began: Did the virus originate in animals or leak from a Chinese lab? Now, the U.S. Department of Energy has assessed with “low confidence” that it began with a lab leak although some others in the U.S. intelligence community disagree.
  6. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, center, flanked by Jim Millican, division chief with the Lealman Fire District, left, and Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, speaks to reporters on Jan. 30, 2023, at the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County in Clearwater.
  7. Gov. Ron DeSantis falsely claimed that “almost every study now has said with these new boosters, you’re more likely to get infected with the bivalent booster.”
  8. Jane Lenher, a resident who says she is in her 80's, sits outside of the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Seminole. "I come out everyday for some fresh air," Lenher said. "And then I go back in and do busy stuff." Lenher said she does not know anyone in the facility that is sick from coronavirus. 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.
  9. Tina Sandri, CEO of Forest Hills of DC senior living facility, passes a COVID-19 informational sign while walking to her office on Thursday, in Washington. Coronavirus-related hospital admissions are climbing again in the United States, with older adults a growing share of U.S. deaths.
  10. Dr. Seetha Lakshmi, center foreground, works with a multidisciplinary team during rounds in the 2D COVID-19 unit at Tampa General Hospital. Many hospitals began relaxing masking rules in the past month after new guidance from the CDC.

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