With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 24, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.
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To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Coming up in the newscast, CVS pharmacies in South Florida to begin offering vaccines, Jamaica’s medical association warns of a lockdown and tourism workers in Grenada get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Now for the news in the detail
Seniors in South Florida will have new ways to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting today. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday that all 31 Navarro Discount Pharmacies in Miami-Dade County would begin to schedule appointments on Wednesday. Additionally, four CVS locations in South Florida – one in Miami-Dade, two in Broward and one in Palm Beach – would also begin to schedule appointments Wednesday. DeSantis said his aim is to helped underserved areas of the state get access to the COVID-19 shots.
Also in Local News,
Jamaican-American Broward Commissioner Dale Holness has put forward a proposal to honor longtime Broward congressman Alcee Hastings. Commissioner Holness wants to rename a portion of Northwest Sixth Court as Alcee Hastings Street. Holness’s proposal has however received some backlash because county rules prohibit the renaming of streets after people who are still alive. The 83-year-old Hasting has served as a Congressman since 1993. He currently represents Florida’s district 20, which includes sections of Broward and Palm Beach counties. Hastings was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019.
Now for Caribbean News,
In Jamaica, The Medical Association of Jamaica says the government may soon have to consider a lockdown of the country as a possible response to the Covid-19 crisis. This comes after one of the major hospitals on the island, the University Hospital of the West Indies urged other facilities to call ahead of time for transfers. The hospital stated that it had very little capacity to facilitate emergencies. The island’s health minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton said the government is working to increase capacity at hospitals but warned Jamaicans that the conditions may worsen if COVID-19 cases increase.
And in Grenada,
Tourism, hospitality and frontline workers on the island began receiving their COVID-19 vaccines on Monday. The island’s tourism minister, Clarice Modeste applauded the hundreds of workers who were willing to get vaccinated, saying that it is the start of a rebirth of the sector. Health officials say that close to 1,000 people have already been vaccinated in the last ten days.
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