Orange County responds to CDC guidance on masks

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings outlined the county's next steps as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. This comes after new guidelines by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that say vaccinated people should wear a mask indoors in public if they’re in areas with high COVID transmission.

Nursing homes bracing for impact of coronavirus surge

Coronavirus cases are surging in Central Florida. AdventHealth says that they currently have over 700 patients in their facilities across the region. During the peak back in January of 2021, there were 900 patients. Nursing homes are also bracing for impact during this summer spike. According to AARP, the COVID-19 vaccination rate among nursing home workersin Florida is the second-lowest in the country. The organization says less than 42 percent of nursing home staff in Florida had been fully vaccinated compared to the national average of about 56 percent.

Mixed messaging on masks in schools

With just weeks to go before children return to school, a debate is brewing on how that should look. The American Academy of Pediatrics says all students older than two and all school staff should wear masks. There's an uptick in cases in virtually all the states in the United States, and for that reason, they want to go the extra mile to make sure that children are protected. This runs counter to the latest guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rent prices on the rise in Florida

The cost of rent in Florida has increased more than any other place in the entire country. The company CoStar Group, Inc. says it has increased more than 15 percent since the beginning of this yea -- twice the national average.

Preparing to go back to the classroom

Students across the country are soon going to be heading back to in-person classes, but with the pandemic still lingering, doctors suggest families take the time now to prepare students for what to expect with the next school year.

Seminole County physician advocates COVID booster shots

Coronavirus cases are spiking in Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that Florida now accounts for one out of every five new U.S. cases. At least one Seminole County physician said additional COVID-19 boosters will be needed to extend immunity.

Augmented reality company moving to Orlando

Fighter pilots will soon be training in Central Florida. A company in California is leaving the Golden State for the City Beautiful. They say Orlando was the clear choice to continue shaping the future of the U.S. Air Force.

Orange County see jumps in delta variant of coronavirus

Orange County health officials are reporting an increase the delta variant of the coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has predicted that the delta variant, which originated in India, has likely already surpassed its U.K. counterpart as the most common strain in America.

Gov. DeSantis pushes through pardons for COVID-19 violators

With Gov. Ron DeSantis saying lockdown restrictions and mask mandates meant to stop the spread of COVID-19 did more harm than good, the state clemency board on Wednesday pardoned all Floridians who were arrested or fined for violating local-government requirements about wearing masks or social distancing.

FDA approves Biogen's Alzheimer's drug

Government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease.