Bucs Head To Playoffs

With Sunday’s 44-27 win over Atlanta the Bucs move on to Saturday’s wildcard playoff game against Washington. Tom Brady had 4 TD’s and 399 yards, but an injury to receiver Mike Evans in the first quarter may have him questionable for the game. Coach Bruce Arians said they’ll know more later this week. This will be the first Bucs playoff game in 13 years.

COVID-19 numbers took a big leap over New Year’s weekend adding 10,603 cases Sunday. The state total is now up to 1,365,436 with 21,987 Florida resident deaths from the virus. The State Department of Health has confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant in Florida that was first found in the UK. The patient is a 20 year old man from Martin County with no travel history. If you have questions on who is eligible to receive the vaccination and where to sign up check with the Florida Department of Health here. The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 by calling 1-866-779-6121. You can also reach them by email at covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours. BayCare is offering rapid result tests at nine Urgent Care Centers for asymptomatic individuals. This is one you’ll have to pay for up front at $150 and can make an online appointment for on the BayCare web site.

The University of South Florida Health and Tampa General Hospital are working together on a clinical trial with Novavax and the are asking for volunteers for the large-scale trial of their COVID-19 vaccine. 250 volunteers are needed with the focus on seniors and those at highest risk. For more information on how to sign up please click here.

There’s a $5,000 reward from Florida Fish and Wildlife leading to the arrest of a third man charged with running over an FWC office over the weekend. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking Lazaro Milian who is suspected of illegal night hunting hear the Avon Park Bombing Range. Two other men are under arrest. If you can help the FWC they are offering that $5,000. Call the FWC or Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

The first $600 stimulus checks have been issued to those eligible to direct deposit accounts, with paper checks going in the mail as well. Check the status of your payment go to the IRS site.

SpaceX will have the first launch of the new year later today. The launch window opens at 8:27 pm with a payload communications satellite for a Turkish satellite operator.

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