The FDA gave emergency authorization for the first at home rapid result test kit that can give COVID-19 results in 30 minutes. You will have to have a prescription for the test from Lucira Health. It has also been approved for use in doctor’s offices and testing sites. COVID-19 number in Florida rose by another 7,549 cases Tuesday. That brings the state total to 897,323, with 17,644 Florida residents dying from the virus. For more information from the Florida Department of Health the COVID-19 Call Center is open 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121. You can also reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email responses will be sent during call center hours. BayCare announced over the weekend that rapid results will be available 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.
A new COVID-19 vaccine that could be up to 95% effective was announced on Monday from Moderna. It can be stored for up to 30 days in regular refrigeration, and manufacturers believe they can have 20 million doses available by the end of the year and between 500 million and 1 billion doses by the end of next year. The vaccine from Pfizer plans a similar distribution plan but needs to be stored at much colder temperatures. The state of Florida sent a distribution plan to the CDC last month that would have the first doses given to groups like first responders, health care workers and those at greatest risk. Public distribution would be last.
History will be made at this Monday night’s Bucs games against the Rams. It will be an all-black officiating crew for the first time in NFL history. The crew will include referee Jerome Boger, umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw, field judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed.
It’s good news for the green sea turtle population in Pinellas County. Three nests were found on county beaches for the first time in ten years this nesting season which ended October 31st. The FWC is still compiling all the data but we can thank Sea Turtle Trackers in St. Pete Beach for finding one of them, and Clearwater Marine Aquarium turtle watchers for the other two.
Keep an eye on your pets if you live in Westchase. A black coyote has been spotted numerous times and doesn’t seem fazed by residents trying to catch pictures. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that black coyotes are rare but to keep an eye on small pets especially. There are no plans to try and catch the coyote because the FWC says more will just take its place.