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With her son Jaasiel Galvez, 2, helping hold his brother's head, Yury Navas, 29, of Laurel, Md., feeds her two-month-old baby, Jose Ismael Gálvez, with the only formula he can take without digestive issues, Enfamil Infant, from her dwindling supply of formula at their apartment in Laurel, Md., on May 23. After this day's feedings she will be down to their last 12.5 ounce container of formula. Navas doesn't know why her breastmilk didn't come in for her third baby and has tried many brands of formula before finding the one kind that he could tolerate well, which she now says is practically impossible for her to find. To stretch her last can she will sometimes give the baby the water from cooking rice to sate his hunger.
The baby formula shortage is hitting parents hard across the US. But Black and Hispanic women are particularly vulnerable.
Scientists say it spreads faster than its omicron predecessors, is adept at escaping immunity and could cause more serious disease.
Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties reached “high” risk status days ago. But the CDC updates its website once a week.
Infections have quadrupled since late March, going from about 25,000 to more than 105,000 a day.

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  1. With her son Jaasiel Galvez, 2, helping hold his brother's head, Yury Navas, 29, of Laurel, Md., feeds her two-month-old baby, Jose Ismael Gálvez, with the only formula he can take without digestive issues, Enfamil Infant, from her dwindling supply of formula at their apartment in Laurel, Md., on May 23. After this day's feedings she will be down to their last 12.5 ounce container of formula. Navas doesn't know why her breastmilk didn't come in for her third baby and has tried many brands of formula before finding the one kind that he could tolerate well, which she now says is practically impossible for her to find. To stretch her last can she will sometimes give the baby the water from cooking rice to sate his hunger.
  2. This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19. The coronavirus mutant that just became dominant in the United States as of May 2022 is a member of the omicron family. But scientists say it spreads faster than its omicron predecessors, is adept at escaping immunity and might possibly cause more serious disease.
  3. Graduates attend the Class of 2022’s Hillsborough Virtual K-12 Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday at the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Expo Hall in Tampa. 
Federal guidelines recommend that all residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, regardless of health status, should wear a well-fitting mask in public indoor spaces.
  4. White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks during Tuesday's daily briefing at the White House.
  5. Scientists say there is still a lot people can do to protect their families if there's a COVID-19 breakout at home, chief among them improving ventilation and filtration of the air.
  6. This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days.
  7. Lillie Perez, 11, holds a sign during a "March for Our Lives" protest for gun legislation and school safety on March 24, 2018, in Houston. Students and activists across the country planned events Saturday in conjunction with a Washington march spearheaded by teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where over a dozen people were killed in February 2018.
  8. FILE - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks after signing into law a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, on. April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. Stitt on Wednesday, May 25 signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced by civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution, similar to a Texas law that was passed last year. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
  9. South Carolina children who need immediate, around-the-clock psychiatric care risk being stranded for days — even weeks — waiting for help, only to be sent hundreds of miles away from home for treatment. When no psychiatric residential treatment beds are open in South Carolina, some children must travel across the Southeast to facilities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, or Kentucky — anywhere a bed might be available.
  10. The federal government won't say how many people have received potentially lifesaving COVID-19 drugs such as Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill or whether they’re being distributed equitably.
  11. Nancy Rose, who contracted COVID-19 in 2021 and continues to exhibit long-haul symptoms including brain fog and memory difficulties, pauses while organizing her desk space on Jan. 25 in Port Jefferson, N.Y. Rose, 67, said many of her symptoms waned after she got vaccinated, though she still has bouts of fatigue and memory loss. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Wednesday found that up to a year after an initial coronavirus infection, 1 in 4 adults aged 65 and older had at least one potential long COVID health problem, compared with 1 in 5 younger adults.
  12. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf testifies via video Wednesday during a House Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hybrid hearing on the nationwide baby formula shortage in Washington.
  13. This hurricane season, get the latest information about storms and how to get ready at tampabay.com/hurricane
  14. It’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. use period-tracking apps to plan ahead, track when they are ovulating, and monitor other health effects. Many fear this data could be used against women if abortion becomes illegal.
  15. Robert Dinwiddie of St. Petersburg gets his nose swabbed during a COVID-19 test at Tropicana Field on Feb. 7. The test site closed two weeks later, part of a wave of closures that has left both sides of Tampa Bay, for the time being, without a free, walk-up site.
  16. Meredith Mechanik, right, of Tampa, wears her mask as she browses through books at Tombolo Books, a bookstore at downtown St. Petersburg, on June 11, 2021. Residents in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties should once again wear masks indoors due to rising levels of COVID-19, under federal guidelines.
  17. St. Anthony's Hospital’s new 90-bed patient tower, featuring all private rooms, is part of a $152 million expansion of the BayCare facility, which opened in 1931.
  18. Shelves typically stocked with baby formula sit mostly empty at a store in San Antonio on May 10. Parents across the U.S. are scrambling to find baby formula and will likely continue to do so in the weeks to come.
  19. This hurricane season, get the latest information about storms and how to get ready at tampabay.com/hurricane
  20. Under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, “high” community level is the threshold when federal health officials recommend that all residents wear a well-fitting mask in public indoor spaces.
  21. This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days.
  22. Monkeypox has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days.
  23. Hilda Santiago, 81, left, accepts food from Meals on Wheels volunteer Kitty Wallace, 75.
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