I-TEAM: Patients shocked by trauma center bills
The News4JAX I-TEAM has found patients can be charged up to $34,000 in fees for just being brought to a trauma center after a traumatic injury, and data shows the rate of trauma alerts, which trigger these fees, is growing faster than Florida population, elderly population, and violent crime rate.
Local health care workers fed up with payroll delays triggered by ransomware attack
The ITEAM has received calls and emails from health care workers who said they are frustrated that they are getting no answers from Human Resources and their bosses about when they will be paid in full for their work during the holidays.
Special zones around stadium keep fans safe, healthy for Florida-Georgia game
With tens of thousands of fans in Downtown Jacksonville for the Florida-Georgia game on Saturday, the city has placed strategic Information & First Aid Zones around the Sports Complex area to help keep fans healthy -- and out of trouble.
Dean named at UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville after death of Dr. Leon Haley Jr.
Linda R. Edwards will serve as dean of the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville for a one-year term, and the university will launch a national search to replace Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr., according to a UF Health news release.
Gov. DeSantis to lower vaccination age to 60 next week
Ron DeSantis announced Monday that the state will lower the age for people to get a COVID-19 vaccine from 65 to 60 next week. “That will apply across the board at all of the state pods, all of the pharmacies, all of the different drive-thru sites that are being operated,” DeSantis said. “If you’re 60 plus, you will be able to get sign up and be able to get the vaccine.”The age change is effective March 15. The change comes as the demand from seniors is decreasing and the federal vaccination sites throughout the state continue to see a low turnout of eligible people. DeSantis also said the increased supply also makes appointments to get a vaccine at grocery stores and pharmacies easier to obtain.
1 dead, 4 hospitalized after I-295 crash, troopers say
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One person is dead and four others were hospitalized after a single-vehicle accident Sunday morning, troopers said. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a Kia Sportage was driving south on Interstate 295 just before Lem Turner around 4:15 a.m. when it went off the road, hitting several trees. Troopers said the 22-year-old driver died and the four passengers -- three 19-year-olds and one 20-year-old -- were taken to UF Health with serious injuries. According to the FHP report, it’s unknown whether they were wearing seat belts. Troopers said the crash remains under investigation.
Woman killed in 3-vehicle crash involving Columbia County deputy
HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – A woman died Friday evening after a crash involving a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office vehicle and two other cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy was headed home in his agency patrol car when the crash occurred. An infant and 9-year-old girl who were in her car suffered minor injuries. The deputy and a third driver, along with a 12-year-old boy, also suffered minor injuries and were treated at the Lake City Medical Center. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Saturday about the crash, saying in part:“The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an independent traffic crash investigation.
UF ‘Swamp’ is now mass COVID-19 vaccination site
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – One of North Florida’s most recognizable stadiums has changed from filling with fans for Gator games to one of the area’s largest COVID-19 vaccination sites. On Friday, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium -- known popularly as “The Swamp” -- was being used for a COVID-19 vaccine “blitz.” Around 1,100 senior citizens were vaccinated there. UF Health and the Alachua County Health Department are teaming up for the mass vaccine event for Alachua County residents age 65 and older. GALLERY: UF ‘Swamp’ is now mass COVID-19 vaccination siteOfficials said they chose Ben Hill Griffin stadium because it’s big, just about everyone in the area knows where it is and it’s fairly easy to access. AdThey hope as more supply comes in that they can do mass vaccination events like this again and again.
UF’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to host vaccination event Friday
A sign on top of the stadium as the Florida Gators host the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 11, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida. The University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will go from a place where Gators quarterbacks take shots into the endzone to a place where seniors will get COVID-19 shots on Friday. By the end of the day, 1,000 Alachua County residents 65 and over are expected to be vaccinated. If you have an appointment, park in designated areas just north of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Swamp isn’t the only venue where UF Health is working with the county health department.
Jacksonville dad seeks to prioritize people with Down syndrome for COVID vaccine
“There isn’t a day that goes by that we’re not a little nervous,” Jeffery Leach said. And it’s critically important that our community has that option to get the vaccine,” Jeffery Leach said. To get the state’s attention, he said members of the Down syndrome community created a campaign called #AShotAtTheShot. According to Jeffery Leach, there are about 1,500 people in Jacksonville that are diagnosed with Down syndrome. Those in high-risk populations can call a hospital and book a vaccine appointment, but some hospitals are waiting for more shipments of the vaccine.
2-drug combo shows dramatic results for COVID-19 patients, UF Health study finds
Researchers in the lab of Dr. Nicole Iovine found the drug baricitinib plus remdesivir led to better patient outcomes than remdesivir alone. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Combining an anti-inflammatory drug with an antiviral drug reduces recovery time and accelerates improvement for COVID-19 patients, a national study co-authored by UF Health researchers has found. Researchers also found fewer adverse events in patients receiving the combination treatment, and the 28-day mortality was 5.1% in the combination group versus 7.8% in the control group. The first trial of the study began in May and established remdesivir as a successful treatment for hospitalized adult patients with COVID-19 pneumonia. Thus, the next iteration of the adaptive study will evaluate the results of dexamethasone paired with remdesivir as a COVID-19 treatment, and compare those with results of the remdesivir and baricitinib study.
Thawed COVID-19 vaccine is perishable. What to do with leftover shots?
But they still had unused COVID-19 shots left over. Once at a certain temperature for a certain amount of time, Neilsen said the vaccine spoils and falls apart internally. “We do have sort of a waiting list. If people you know, miss an appointment, for some reason, we can pull from a waiting list and pull other people in,” Neilsen said. He says there has to be a common-sense solution instead of throwing away leftover doses of the vaccine.