AdventHealth makes changes after spike in COVID cases

AdventHealth on Thursday announced it is reinstating a number of safety protocols following the resurgence in the coronavirus. Several other hospital systems across Central Florida are following suit or exploring added safety measures.

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.

Strong storms bring heavy rain, flooding

Strong storms moved across Central Florida early Tuesday evening. Lightning knocked out power in part of Seminole County. Anywhere from two to five inches of rain fell from Orlando to Lake Mary.

Man charged with illegal dumping

Deputies said a Florida man charged people to haul trash away but instead of taking it to a waste center, he illegally dropped the trash onto empty lots in Poinciana.

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.

Massive fish kill in Melbourne

Boaters at the Melbourne Harbor Marina woke up to a stinky situation on Monday. A massive fish kill has clogged up areas of Crane Creek.

Orlando expands curbside dining

The City of Orlando has voted to expand curbside dining that was introduced during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, which has been extended another three years, allows restaurants to establish more seating in parklets -- street parking spots converted into dining space.

Florida law enforcement returns from U.S.-Mexico border

Florida law enforcement officers, including Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, have returned from a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. The trip came following an invitation by U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack. Sheriff Chitwood said border security is not a political issue and believes there is a connection between drug trafficking across the border and fentanyl overdoses in Florida.

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.

Ocoee teen fatally shot outside home

A 15-year-old Ocoee resident was shot and killed outside a home, authorities said. The victim has been identified as Jesus Ramirez. The shooting suspect is still on the loose.