Thursday December 10, 2020

The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported an increase of 9,592 COVID-19 cases for Dec. 8. On Wednesday, the state also reported another 84 Floridians had died after testing positive for COVID-19. That brings the total to 19,716 deaths in the state related to coronavirus. Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Tuesday, but rather the state learned of their deaths and added the number to the report that day. In Hendry County, the DOH reported 2,656 residents and 45 deaths.

South Florida is about to see its “snowbirds,” for the season and they may be causing issues for contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Alina Alonso, the health director for Palm Beach County, said that many out-of-town visitors aren’t cooperating with health officials who are trying to identify the source of COVID-19 infections. The health director said contact tracing is only effective when people cooperate with health officials and reveal information about where they’ve been and who they’ve been around. Alonso is requesting an additional 170 contact tracers from the state, saying South Florida is now dealing with “three crises” related to the pandemic: the spike, the second wave upon us, and we also have the holiday seasons upon us, not to mention the normal tourism.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, Todd Robert Sorren, Date of Birth: 5/23/1965, who is now residing at 104 Pelican Lake Drive, Pahokee, FL  33476. 

The West County Senior Center in Belle Glade is having a Drive-thru meal and gift Distribution. Due the restrictions of COVID-19, the center will not be hosting its traditional sit-down holiday party, but will instead offer the seniors a take-out meal and a special gift provided by US Sugar. US Sugar said “Feeding others and supporting our communities is an important part of what defines the people of US Sugar”. Throughout the pandemic, the people of US Sugar have provided hot meals, fresh produce and protective equipment. US Sugar presented the West County Senior Center with a $750 check to underwrite the food costs for the Celebration.

Some of the COVID-19 vaccine candidates call for more than one shot, so how are health officials gonna make sure patients come back for the second dose? Three experts say preparing people for the side effects will be critical. A nursing researcher described the side effects in a JAMA article. She says, after the second shot, she said she was light-headed, nauseous, had a headache, ran a fever, and experience muscle aches. She wasn’t warned and it scared her into thinking she might have COVID-19. So a shingles vaccine also requires more than one dose and can be painful. Providers and advocates say the return rate after the first shot for shingles is about 80%, which is considered high. One suggestion for the COVID vaccine is to put information on side effects in the vaccine distribution kits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already said it plans to include index cards that tell patients what they had and when their next dose is due. That’s on top of electronic reminders like email or texts. There’s some protection for people who only get one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, but nearly full protection is better. The second dose also boosts antibodies. That means the best thing is to get both doses as was tested in the study.