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A sign reading "Still Open" hangs outside of a restaurant.
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An executive order signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis loosens the criteria for restaurant employees with coronavirus to return to work.

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The percentage of Florida’s population properly inoculated against the flu is far lower than federal health officials recommend, according to a new report.

The Sunshine State has the 12th lowest vaccination rate in the country.

Currently 10 additional people are believed to have contracted the Zika virus from mosquitoes in Florida.

On Monday’s First Coast Connect, Dr. Mobeen Rathore, of University of Florida Health discussed measures by the state to prevent the spread the disease as well as what Florida residents can do to help protect themselves.

“I think the state has been preparing for this for quite a while and they’re responding in a very robust manner with the resources they have,” Rathore said.

CDC Official: FL Lags in HPV Vaccination

Aug 13, 2014

Public health officials lately have their hands full with exotic diseases like Ebola and Chikungunya.

But the immunization director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came to Tampa today with a different message. Dr. Anne Schuchat says Floridians should worry more that the state lags behind in vaccinating for cancers tied to the Human Papilloma Virus.

She says HPV infection is a major cause of cervical and other cancers. And Florida has among the nation's lowest participation rates.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on any given day one in 25 hospitalized patients — 4 percent — is battling an infection picked up in a hospital or other healthcare facility.

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As part of efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections, Baptist Health is about to become the first health system in the world to adopt specialized fluid repellent garments for both staff and patients.