Registration for vaccinations had a better day across the Bay area Tuesday with 12,000 appointments scheduled. Vaccinations will resume this morning as counties wait for more vaccine shipments. The state has added Publix as a vaccination location but only in Hernando, Citrus and Marion counties beginning Thursday. Coronavirus cases jumped another 15,431 Tuesday taking the state total to 1,392,123. To date 22,188 have lost their lives to the diseases. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
For the first time in 115 years the Feast of the Epiphany in Tarpon Springs will not be open to the public today but you can watch the event live here. There will be limited seating in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral as well as in the procession heading to Spring Bayou for the annual Dive For The Cross. The only people allowed at the Spring will be the young men diving for the cross, two of their family members each along with clerics, clergy and dignitaries. Mask and social distancing will be enforced at any event in the area.
The CDC has released new information on the coronavirus variant Monday that has now been found in at least four states. The State Department of Health confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant in Florida is a 20 year old man from Martin County with no travel history. The FDA did say the coronavirus vaccines now available seem to be effective against it. The four affected state include Florida as well as New York, California and Colorado.
SpaceX has rescheduled Monday’s launch of a Turkish communications satellite to Thursday. It’s now scheduled for 8:28 p.m. from Cape Canaveral.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers players John Lynch and Ronde Barber are on the lists of finalists for the Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. Both have been finalists before but this is the eight year in a row that Lynch has been a finalist. Peyton Manning, is also one of 15 finalists in his first year of eligibility. The Hall of Fame class will be announced just before the Super Bowl in Tampa on Feb. 6th
The Bucs now head to Washington after Sunday’s 44-27 win over Atlanta. Saturday’s wildcard playoff game against Washington is scheduled for 8:05 pm. Because of the pandemic Washington is not allowing fans in the stand for the game. An injury to receiver Mike Evans in the first quarter may have him questionable for Saturday’s game but Coach Bruce Arians said they’ll know more later this week. This will be the first Bucs playoff game in 13 years.