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President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response on Thursday in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington,
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The hospital’s transplant patients are immunocompromised. The drug Evusheld can help protect them from COVID-19.
Patients will only be allowed one visitor per day to try to keep COVID-19 from spreading.
The state breaks infection records for the third week in a row as hospitalizations and deaths mount.

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  1. Fans cheer at Amalie Arena on Thursday as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Vancouver Canucks.
  2. Students cross Fishhawk Boulevard to Newsome High in Lithia in October 2020. This week, Newsome reported 104 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff as Tampa Bay area schools saw their highest weekly case count since the pandemic began.
  3. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
  4. Tampa General Hospital conducts more than 1,000 transplants a year, a life-changing procedure but one which leaves donor organ recipients immunocompromised and thus vulnerable to COVID-19. It is one of the first hospitals in Florida using Evusheld, a drug intended to prevent at-risk patients including transplant recipients and cancer patients from catching the virus.
  5. Workers register and test patients on Monday at the public drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus.
  6. President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response on Thursday in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington,
  7. The Pinellas County jail was in lockdown this week to quell a spike in coronavirus cases among those incarcerated there.
  8. In November, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills that limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates on state government and private employees as well as school districts.
  9. The $300 million Taneja Center for Surgery opened at AdventHealth Tampa hospital on E Fletcher Avenue in September. AdventHealth will start restricting patients to one visitor per day at its Tampa Bay hospitals in an attempt to limit the spread of the omicron variant.
  10. Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices Thursday on Margaret Court Arena for the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.
  11. People wait in a line for that wraps around the West Tampa Community Resource Center to get tested for COVID-19 on Dec. 28. Tampa Bay officials are opening more free, public testing sites to meet the demand for testing as the omicron variant drives a surge of cases.
  12. This image provided by Pfizer shows the company's COVID-19 Paxlovid pills. Pfizer's and Merck's COVID-19 pills that were supposed to be an important weapon against the pandemic in the U.S. are in short supply and have played little role in the fight against the omicron wave of infections.
  13. This artist sketch depicts lawyer Scott Keller standing to argue on behalf of more than two dozen business groups seeking an immediate order from the Supreme Court to halt a Biden administration order to impose a vaccine-or-testing requirement on the nation's large employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Supreme Court in Washington, Jan. 7.  The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job. The court's order Thursday during a spike in coronavirus cases deals a blow to the administration's efforts to boost the vaccination rate among Americans.
  14. Motorists wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 in parking lot 2 at Tropicana Field in June 2020. The city of St. Petersburg, Impact Health and the Tampa Bay Rays say they have opened a new test site at the Trop.
  15. Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, sponsored a bill that would extend COVID-19 legal protections for hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers. Times file photo.
  16. President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Thursday.
  17. City Manager Jon Jennings said his COVID symptoms are similar to bronchitis.
  18. A city health department worker in Youngstown, Ohio, grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event.
  19. Teachers protest for stronger COVID-19 safety protocols outside Oakland Unified School District headquarters on Jan. 7 in Oakland, Calif. Officials across the U.S. are again weighing how and whether to impose mask mandates as COVID-19 infections soar and the American public grows weary of pandemic-related restrictions. Much of the debate centers around the nation’s schools, some of which closed due to infection-related staffing issues.
  20. Elsa Estrada, 6, smiles at her mother as pharmacist Sylvia Uong applies an alcohol swab to her arm before administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Calif., Nov. 9, 2021. As of Tuesday, just over 17 percent of children in the U.S. ages 5 to 11 were fully vaccinated, more than two months after shots for them became available.
  21. Former President Donald Trump smiles as he pauses while speaking to supporters at a Turning Point Action gathering in Phoenix, July 24, 2021.  Trump is slamming politicians who refuse to say whether they’ve received COVID-19 booster shots, calling them “gutless.” In an interview with One America News Network on Tuesday night, he said unnamed politicians have been afraid to admit they got the booster shot.
  22. A shopper walks past partially empty frozen food coolers at a grocery in Cranberry Township, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Shortages at U.S. grocery stores have grown in recent weeks as new problems — like the fast-spreading omicron variant and severe weather — have piled on to the supply chain struggles and labor shortages that have plagued retailers since the coronavirus pandemic began. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  23. Corey Greenan, Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker and Michael Milton in "Jersey Boys."
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