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Medical workers at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater work to stabilize a COVID-19 patient on Aug. 25. For 105 days this summer, the public could no longer find out how many people were dying of COVID in each Florida county.
The state and federal government could have shared the death toll in each county with the public, but didn’t.
COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths continue to fall. But more than 5 million Floridians remain unvaccinated.
The Medicare enrollment period has started. Time to look for the plans that best fit your health and financial needs.
Good planning now can help retirees navigate their health care options can control their future medical costs.

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  1. A vaccine recipient in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
  2. This image provided by Biogen shows a vial and packaging for the drug Aduhelm.
  3. Medical workers at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater work to stabilize a COVID-19 patient on Aug. 25. For 105 days this summer, the public could no longer find out how many people were dying of COVID in each Florida county.
  4. A Regeneron Clinic worker looks out the doorway of one of the buildings providing the monoclonal antibody treatment in August at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
  5. In this June 6 file photo, a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion. In the next three weeks, U.S. officials plan to discuss making smaller-dose versions available to the nation's 28 million children between the ages of 5 and 11.
  6. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
  7. In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks during funeral services for Henry "Hank" Aaron, at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta.
  8. On Friday, Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot filed a complaint in court against the leader of the local Fraternal Order of the Police for saying that the city's more than 12,000 officers should ignore the order to report their vaccination status.
  9. In this March 3 file photo, a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is displayed at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y.  U.S. health advisers are meeting Friday to tackle who needs boosters of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration also will examine data suggesting that booster of a competing brand might provide better protection.
  10. Cruising returns to Port Tampa Bay this weekend after more than a year due to pandemic constraints. But just how safe is cruising during COVID-19?
  11. Bible-Based Fellowship Church partnered with the Pasco County Health Department, and Army National Guard to assist residents who are 65 and older to administer the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on February 13, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
  12. The April full moon, the closest and largest supermoon of the year, rises between a couple spending time together at Flora Wylie Park on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  13. The Oregonian/OregonLive's Medicare Guide 2022 is published in October 2021.
  14. January 3, 2020, Wellington, Florida, USA: Joel Lieberman, Wellington, is frustrated with the Medicare.gov website. His prescription drug plan prices vary during the year. (Credit Image: © Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post via ZUMA Wire)
  15. Everything Florida seniors need to know to get ready for Medicare enrollment is available at tampabay.com/medicare.
  16. Everything Florida seniors need to know to get ready for Medicare enrollment is available at tampabay.com/medicare.
  17. In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks during funeral services for Henry "Hank" Aaron, at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta.
  18. This Dec. 23, 2020, file photo shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the first round of staff vaccinations at a hospital in Denver. On Thursday, U.S. health advisers said that some Americans who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine should get a half-dose booster to bolster protection against the virus.
  19. Skunks are among the animals first in line for COVID-19 vaccinations at ZooTampa.
  20. Banned from the Florida hospital room where her mother lay dying of COVID-19, Jayden Arbelaez, right, with her father Mitch Arbelaez, pitched an idea to construction employees working nearby.  The workers gave the 17-year-old a yellow vest, boots, a helmet and a ladder to climb onto a section of roof so she could look through the window and see her mother, Michelle Arbelaez, alive one last time.
  21. A pharmacist holds a vial of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration said it is wrestling with whether and when recipients of the J&J vaccine need another dose — at six months or as early as two months.
  22. FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, truck traffic from Canada waits to cross the border into the United States in Derby Line Vt. The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The new rules, to be announced Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)
  23. FILE - This Wednesday, June 18, 2014 file photo shows VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette packaging during a launch event held by R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, heath officials authorized the first electronic cigarettes in the U.S., saying R.J. Reynolds vaping products can benefit adult smokers. (Mark Stehle/AP Images for R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, File)
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