Vanessa Henry

Vanessa Henry is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for spring 2020. 

She is currently a senior at USF, completing her dual degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Magazine Journalism and Religious Studies. To add more to her plate, she is also completing a minor in Astronomy and two certificates in Food and Film Studies. Somehow Vanessa is likely to graduate with honors.

During her undergraduate studies at USF Tampa, Vanessa has interned with the Center for Student Advocacy as an Academic Foundations Peer Leader, worked as an event planner for the Center for Student Involvement, and assisted with the social media and web producing of USF’s Florida Focus.

Regional blood donation center OneBlood will begin collecting plasma from COVID-19 survivors as a possible treatment for future patients.

An experimental treatment option called “COVID-19 convalescent plasma” has been approved by the FDA to be used on an emergency basis.

Despite one Tampa Bay area politicians' calls for it to shut down for 30 days due to the danger of the oronavirus, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa remains open.

In addition to such things as travel bans, sports being shut down, and school closures, coronavirus has led Governor DeSantis to place a 30-day ban on all visitations for nursing homes throughout Florida.

But there are some things people can do to remain in touch with loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

After a meeting in Miami with President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro Monday, Senator Rick Scott has decided to self-quarantine.

He was alerted by the Brazilian Embassy Thursday that Bolsonaro's communications director had tested positive for coronavirus.

With 18 cases confirmed in Florida, COVID-19 is beginning to impact major events statewide. Miami cancelled the Ultra Music Festival in response and other large gatherings are also being scrapped.

After two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Hillsborough and Manatee counties, governmental agencies, universities, and private companies are stepping up their response.

The confetti had barely been swept up after the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory in Sunday’s Super Bowl 54 when the attention turned to next year’s game in Tampa.