Here comes another cruise ship with coronavirus … but it’s not ready to dock in Fort Lauderdale

They include Celebrity Infinity, where a crew member recently died, and Oasis of the Seas, from which two crew members were airlifted, according to the Miami Herald. Neither ship has passengers, but crew members remain on board. Infinity is anchored west of Tampa while Oasis of the Seas was last tracked heading south toward the Florida Strait, according to MarineTraffic.com, a vessel tracking website. ... Read More

Here comes another cruise ship with coronavirus … but this one won’t dock in Fort Lauderdale yet

They include Celebrity Infinity, where a crew member recently died, and Oasis of the Seas, from which two crew members were airlifted, according to the Miami Herald. Neither ship has passengers, but crew members remain on board. Infinity is anchored west of Tampa while Oasis of the Seas was last tracked heading south toward the Florida Strait, according to MarineTraffic.com, a vessel tracking website. ... Read More

5-minute coronavirus test becomes available Monday in South Florida

In a photo provided by Environmental Protection Agency, an employee at Abbott Laboratories performs a COVID-19 test at the company’s headquarters near Chicago on March 28, 2020. The test has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. Across the country, companies see a chance to cash in, do some good for the country or both, making virus outbreak response one of the few thriving sectors of the economy.(Environmental Protection Agency via The New York... Read More

Medical volunteers will be needed for coronavirus pandemic. Here’s why some will risk their lives to help.

Moya is one of more than 70 volunteers who have signed up so far for the Broward County Medical Response Unit. Among the respondents are physicians, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and physician’s assistants, according to Broward County Medical Association CEO Cynthia Peterson. The volunteers vary in age as well, with some being medical students and some coming out of retirement to help. While the bulk come from the tri-county area, Peterson said one volunteer is flying down from Alberta,... Read More

Florida coronavirus deaths are higher than numbers in official reports

“People attribute the cause of death to something like a heart attack or a pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot that goes to the lungs, that are actually complications of an underlying infectious disease,” he said. “In COVID, for example, people may have pre-existing heart disease, may die of a heart attack or heart arrhythmias, and there’s a risk, particularly if they didn’t get tested for COVID, that their death could be misattributed.” ... Read More

‘We are excited to be home’: Cruise ships dock at Port Everglades after coronavirus concerns

“Just so people understand, there’s probably 25 of these ships out there. Two of them, these two, have U.S. citizens on board,” he said. “We have an interest in making sure those folks come safely. Some of these other ships are all foreign nationals, that’s something that would be difficult to accommodate in Florida given what we’re facing in South Florida.” ... Read More