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Residents wait in line to be vaccinated at the Historic Bethel AME Church in St. Petersburg on Jan. 30, 2021. A group of Black pastors are urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to deliver adequate COVID-19 resources to communities disproportionately impacted by the virus.
In a letter, the pastors told Gov. Ron DeSantis the state is “failing to reach Florida’s communities of color and its most vulnerable.”
The study was conducted in California and New York before the omicron variant arrived.
Experts say the U.S. government must keep supplying free COVID-19 test kits.
The website COVIDTests.gov is now online and taking orders for four at-home tests per address.

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  1. First Lady Casey DeSantis speaks during a roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the downtown Tampa Firefighter Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
  2. Residents wait in line to be vaccinated at the Historic Bethel AME Church in St. Petersburg on Jan. 30, 2021. A group of Black pastors are urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to deliver adequate COVID-19 resources to communities disproportionately impacted by the virus.
  3. Drug stores like the Care Plus Pharmacy, 33915 US Hwy 19 N, in Palm Harbor, offer shelves full of relief for allergy sufferers. The pharmacy is already seeing high sales of the medications with pollen levels spiking earlier than usual.
  4. Florida Sen. Danny Burgess, right, sponsored the bill to protect health care providers from COVID-related lawsuits.
  5. Joey Cousin, a transgender student from Broward County and an opponent of SB 404, known as the "parental consent" bill, speaks at a press conference at the Capitol in 2020 in Tallahassee. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2020.
  6. A 62-year-old nursing home resident receives a COVID-19 booster shot in New York on Sept. 27, 2021. A study released on Wednesday that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination in New York and California concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.
  7. A U.S. government website is displayed on a computer Wednesday in Walpole, Mass., that features a page where people can order free, at-home COVID-19 tests. The website, COVIDTests.gov, allows people to order four at-home tests per residence and have them delivered by mail.
  8. A six-year-old at her second appointment for the Pfizer covid vaccine on Dec. 30, 2021, in San Francisco, California. (SANTIAGO MEJIA / THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE VIA GETTY IMAGES)
  9. Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest pulls on a new N95 mask Friday after leaving a COVID-19 patient room in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
  10. Exterior photo of Radiant Health Care of Brandon, formerly Consulate Health pictured on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Brandon.
  11. Seattle Kraken left wing Jared McCann takes off from center ice to shoot a penalty shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during a game Monday in Seattle. The NHL will stop testing asymptomatic players, coaches and staff who are fully vaccinated following the All-Star break in early February.
  12. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and six-time Grammy winner Van Morrison performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater in 2017.
  13. Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event on Dec. 30 in Youngstown, Ohio. Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for those on their plans, the Biden administration announced Monday, as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising frustrations.
  14. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  15. Charles Lockwood, dean of USF's college of medicine, speaks during an Aug. 5, 2021, news conference at Tampa General Hospital.
  16. Respiratory therapist Frans Oudenaar, left, and registered nurse Bryan Hofilena cover the body of a COVID-19 patient with a sheet at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 14, 2021. The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, but COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing and modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the wave subsides in mid-March.
  17. A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago.
  18. Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW, an at-home-rapid-COVID test.
  19. N'amah Yetzhak Abohaikal, a volunteer with the women's unit of United Hatzalah emergency service, prepares administer the COVID-19 vaccine to a teen girl as her brother and grandmother watch Tuesday at Clalit Health Services in Mevaseret Zion.
  20. A health worker applies a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a community health center in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sunday. Brasilia started the COVID-19 vaccination of children between ages 5 and 11.
  21. Fans cheer at Amalie Arena on Thursday as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Vancouver Canucks.
  22. 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.
  23. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
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