Web sites on both sides of the Bay couldn’t handle the amount of people trying to sign on for coronavirus vaccine appointments. Pinellas County has temporarily suspended any online registration and the county’s phone lines are jammed. In Hillsborough County it’s phone registration only for now for Seniors and first responders. For more on your county’s vaccine distribution check the Florida Dashboard for county-by-county information or click here.
COVID-19 cases rose by another 11,256 Monday, and the state total is now at 1,376,692. 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.
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.
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. 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.
For the first time in 115 years the Feast of the Epiphany in Tarpon Springs will not be open to the public. 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.
All three men charged with trying to run over a Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer are in custody. Rodrigo Alberto Mato La Rosa, of Hialeah ran but was captured yesterday. The other two men, Michael Amalfi and Lazaro Millian were arrested Sunday. The attack took play Sunday near the Avon Park Bombing Range.