A healthcare worker prepares the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a June 17 vaccination clinic held by the nonprofit Heart for the Homeless in Tampa.
Two University of South Florida researchers say Hillsborough County should double daily vaccinations to bring the pandemic under control.
The mayor issues a video warning to the unvaccinated as COVID-19 infections surge in Florida.
The pandemic disrupted teens’ lives and left them to deal with disease and death without their support systems. One Tampa Bay girl’s attempt to get help left her with nightmares.
For World Hepatitis Day, a Manatee County woman share her story of living with hepatitis C.


  1. Bill Sanders, 68, pictured on the dock behind his Tropical Shores home, has lost all hearing in his right ear. He was diagnosed with vestibular neuritis, which can remain dormant in the body for years. Red Tide was the most likely trigger, an ear, nose and throat specialist told him.
  2. A sign outside the stadium advises that the baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals has been postponed, Wednesday in Philadelphia. The postponement was due to COVID-19 issues among the Nationals.
  3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the American Legislative Exchange Council Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Salt Lake City.
  4. Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings puts on his mask after speaking during a COVID-19 briefing at the Orange County Administration Center, on Monday, July 19, 2021.
  5. Mayor Jane Castor, left, and Tampa General Hospital Dr. Jason Wilson appear in a video released by the city warning residents to get vaccinated as the delta variant runs rampant across Florida.
  6. A healthcare worker prepares the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a June 17 vaccination clinic held by the nonprofit Heart for the Homeless in Tampa.
  7. In this March 18, 2021, file photo, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adjusts her face mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. Walensky says new mask-wearing guidance, coupled with higher rates of vaccination against COVID-19, could halt the current escalation of infections in “a couple of weeks.” The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told “CBS This Morning” she hopes more stringent mask-wearing guidelines and other measures won’t be necessary as the country heads into the fall.
  8. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, shown in this July 8 photo, says masks will again be required at indoor county facilities.
  9. A new, one-minute HIV test being demonstrated at Metro Inclusive Health in 2019. Florida will receive $10.61 million in funding to expand HIV infection prevention and treatment efforts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  10. Researchers in Axogen's Tampa labs are working on new technologies to repair nerve damage and restore skin sensation to people who've gone through surgeries or suffered injuries or burns.
  11. Tampa General Hospital nurse Vanessa Arroyo receives a COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Rafael Martinez on Dec. 14, 2020. More Florida health care organizations are starting to mandate that their medical staff get vaccinations.
  12. In this 2020 photo, Margaret Choinacki, 87, who has no other family members left because her husband and daughter have died, blows kisses to her friend Frances Reaves during a drive-by visit at Miami Jewish Health in Miami.
  13. Catherine Zorn practices ballet at her dance studio in Tampa. Dance was a lifeline to the 17-year-old Wesley Chapel teen, one that was ripped away when the pandemic started in March 2020 and the studio shut down. By the summer, Catherine felt anxiety and depression take over. She started hurting herself. and had suicidal thoughts. Many other teens endured similar experiences during the pandemic.
  14. Catherine Coonfield, 67, poses for a portrait outside her Manatee County home. Coonfield had hepatitis C and believes she contracted it after undergoing a liver transplant in 1987.
  15. Jaguars kicker (7) Aldrick Rosas gets a nasal swab test while sitting in his car in the parking lot outside TIAA Bank Field Tuesday morning. The Jacksonville Jaguars veteran players joined the rookies for this weeks start of training camp early Tuesday morning.
  16. The entrance to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.
  17. FILE - This May 4 2021 file photo shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, speaking during a news conference at West Miami Middle School in Miami. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP, File)
  18. Seating for potential jurors at the start of the October murder trial of defendant Erin Lee Robinson at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa can be seen. The trial was the first in Hillsborough County since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Potential jurors were socially distanced and wore protective face coverings.
  19. A sign advises shoppers to wear masks outside of a store Monday in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles.
  20. In this March 29, 2021, file photo, a worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Metairie, La. Moderna plans to expand the size of its study in younger children to better detect rare side effects. The company said Monday, July 26, 2021, that it is in talks with the Food and Drug Administration to enroll more patients in its study of the vaccine in children 12 years old and younger.
  21. Chantel Powell gets a COVID-19 PCR test in order to travel later this week at a Miami-Dade County testing site Monday in Miami. More than 73,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in Florida over the previous week, according to the state health department, nearly seven times the 12,000 reported a month ago.
  22. Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, testifies before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
  23. Hadizatou Toure, 35, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination from registered nurse Janice Taylor at a new, walk-up mobile COVID-19 clinic launched to provide the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to underserved communities in Los Angeles.