Omicron Variant and Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr DayLocals Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day and National Day of Racial Healing.
Over $23,000 Raised From Betty White Challenge At Humane Society of Tampa Bay"The Betty White Challenge" encourages people all over the nation to donate $5 or more to any local or national animal shelter or rescue agency.
98 Children Drowned In 2021, Local Swim Instructors Encourage Swim Lessons For BabiesState officials say 98 children drowned in 2021, and a swim instructor at Swim Gym in Bradenton says even one child drowning is one too many.
Tampa Bay Health Officials Clarify Questions on TestingAmid another surge in coronavirus cases, Tampa Bay health officials are getting ahead of unanswered questions by breaking down the differences between PCR and rapid tests and what to consider before taking one.
USF Survey Measures Public Opinion on Handling of Covid-19Researchers at the University of South Florida and Florida International University have released new findings on a nationwide survey measuring public opinion on a variety of current policy issues.
'We Will Invade Tampa!': What You Need To Know for Gasparilla 2022Grab your beads and your pirate uniforms because Gasparilla season is back this year. Tampa city officials joined first repsonders to discuss plans and everything you need to know.
Local Blood Drive Organizations In Desperate Need Of DonationsThe American Red Cross and the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies released a joint statement on Monday, stating that blood donations are reaching record-breaking lows right now.
Hillsborough County Sees High COVID-19 Testing Demand At New Testing SiteOn Monday, the county opened up a third testing site at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon location, only for it to be closed early because so many people were showing up!
Florida Ranks Second in U.S. for Total Number of Melanoma CasesKnown for it’s soft white sand and beautiful beaches, Florida ranks high on the list for many things. But it also ranks second in the U.S. for total number of melanoma cases.
Teen Retrieves Cross At Tarpon Springs Epiphany 2022This year’s cross-retriever is 16-year-old, Alexander Makris.
Hillsborough County School District Sees Over 600 Teacher AbsencesHillsborough County Schools Superintendent, Addison Davis, says there are over 1,000 teacher vacancies in the district right now.
'We're In a Different Place': Hillsborough County Students Return From Winter BreakAs students and staff return from winter break, the Hillsborough County School District is ramping up its efforts to stop the spread of the virus inside it’s classrooms amid the most recent surge of Covid-19.
Tampa Bay Residents Waiting Up To Four Hours For COVID-19 TestThe Tampa Bay Area is seeing a surge in demand for COVID-19 tests following the holidays, and as a result, residents are having to wait up to four hours in line to get tested.
High Hopes for the Hospitality Industry in 2022It’s no secret the pandemic and fluctuation of supply and demand have had a significant impact on the restaurant and lodging industry throughout the country. But what does that mean for Florida in 2022?
Florida Health Department Takes a Look Back At 2021Between launching a Covid-19 early treatment network and expediting healthcare worker licensure, 2021 was no walk in the park for health officials. In an effort to further Governor Ron DeSantis’ approach to Covid-19 responses in 2022, the Florida Department of Health is taking a look back at their efforts on improving the health of Floridians.
Tampa Bay COVID-19 Testing Demand Increases, Lines Wrap Around BuildingsLocal testing sites are seeing long lines and long wait times...and local pharmacies are also booked for days in advance.
'There’s No Way': Tampa Student Chosen For Scholarship During HolidaysSince she was a teen, Mickey says she knew she would be great at something. Last week, and just in time for the holidays, she was chosen for a scholarship that would pay for schooling on her dream job.
Virtual Visits with Santa Still Popular in 2021 Amid PandemicGrowing up, we knew exactly where to find Santa. But If you’re stuck at home amid another fast-spreading Covid-19 variant, those appearances by Saint Nick look a little different.
Dump Confusion: Tips On Holiday Waste and RecyclingThe holidays are in full swing, which means gift wrapping, cooking and lots of hosting. But with an abundance of presents and food packaging comes lots of waste and knowing what to do with all of it.
Demand for Covid-19 Testing Jumps in Hillsborough CountyAs the Omicron variant spreads, new concerns arise on whether people should be gathering for holiday celebrations for a second year during the pandemic. The strain also has many wondering if you’re protected at all after getting vaccinated.
Health Experts Highlight 'Holiday Depression' Amid PandemicThe holidays are typically known for gathering, fun, and celebration. But it’s not always like that for everyone according to local health experts. As the winter months roll around, typically, so does seasonal depression.
Tampa Bay Sees Santa Shortage This Holiday SeasonCardello says many of Santa’s helpers are still doing all their events online, which makes those who are visiting kids in-person, much busier.
1.5 Million More Floridians Projected To Travel During Holidays Than 2020Weeks after Thanksgiving travel nearly hit pre-pandemic levels, roads and airports are expected to look similar for the holidays.
Tampa Leaders Ask People To Not Throw Beads Near Water During GasparillaOn Thursday, the mayor and several city leaders came together and explained that the beads thrown during the celebration are having negative impacts on marine wildlife.