TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 75,900 new cases of COVID-19 in Florida.
That tally raises the 7-day average daily to 42,600, which is twice as high as it was at the peak of this summer’s surge when the delta variant fueled a surge of infections in the state.
Friday’s report marks a single-day record for the number of new cases in Florida. It breaks the record set a day earlier when more than 58,000 cases were reported in the state.
The omicron variant of the coronavirus has spiked in Florida and across the nation over the past few weeks.
The spiking numbers during the holiday season have sent tens of thousands of people to COVID-19 testing centers across Florida, resulting in long lines in many areas.
In Tampa on Friday morning, three people collapsed while waiting in line at a testing site.
Authorities received three medical calls at the Al Lopez Park testing site, according to Lauren Rozyla, a spokeswoman for the city of Tampa. She said one person left before medics arrived, but two women in their 60s, both with a history of blood pressure issued, fainted while standing in line.
Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Barbara Tripp asked those coming to the site for testing to be patient and expect long lines.
Later Friday morning, the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department began providing people waiting in line with water and ice, Rozyla said.
The parking lot at the site holds just over 400 cars and it was filled to capacity before testing began at 7 a.m., Rozyla said.
The city estimates between 3,000 and 5,000 people are being tested per day at the site.
Original Source: wsvn.com
Biden Answers Inflation Query by Calling Fox Reporter SOB
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden responded to a question about inflation on Monday by calling a Fox News reporter a vulgarity.
The president was in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of his Competition Council, which is focused on changing regulations and enforcing laws to help consumers deal with high prices. Reporters in the room shouted a number of questions after Biden’s remarks.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Biden about inflation, which is at a nearly 40-year high and has hurt the president’s public approval. Doocy’s network has been relentlessly critical of Biden.
Doocy called out, “Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?”
Biden responded with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset — more inflation.” Then he shook his head and added, “What a stupid son of a [expletive].”
His comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him. Doocy laughed it off in a subsequent appearance on his network, joking, “Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White House has insisted repeatedly that it is focused on curbing inflation, with Biden reorienting his entire economic agenda around the issue. But the president has also shown a willingness to challenge a media that he deems to be too critical, especially Fox News and Doocy.
At his news conference last week, Biden said to Doocy with sarcasm, “You always ask me the nicest questions.”
“I have a whole binder full,” the reporter answered.
“I know you do,” Biden said. “None of them make a lot of sense to me. Fire away.”
J.Lo, ‘Marry Me’ Co-stars Talk About Life Imitating Art in New Rom-com
Jennifer Lopez can do it all, except age. She definitely does not seem to age at all, but in her new movie “Marry Me, J.Lo’s playing a part that looks and sounds familiar. We’re not complaining, and neither are her castmates.
Jennifer Lopez (as Kat Valdez): “All right, let’s do it again from the top. (singing) Marry me, marry me, say yes. Marry me, marry me, say yes.”
Jennifer Lopez is ready to say “I do” in the new rom-com “Marry Me.”
Entertainment reporter: “In 36 hours, superstar Kat Valdez and Grammy-winning Bastian will perform their new song ‘Marry Me’ and exchange vows in front of a streaming audience of 20 million people.”
But when her soon-to-be fiance gets busted cheating on her, she decides to tie the knot with a random concertgoer played by Owen Wilson.
Character in “Marry Me”: “Do you, some guy, take Kat to be your lawfully wedded wife?”
Owen Wilson (as Charlie Gilbert): “Okay.”
J.Lo says playing a mega-superstar singer who’s looking for real love hits really close to home.
Jennifer Lopez: “It was so much about it that, really, I could understand like nobody else could understand.”
Even to the point that…
Jennifer Lopez: “Kind of bearing my soul. It was actually a little bit more uncomfortable than playing a character that is nothing like you, because this is you kinda like really bringing real, personal life experience into a role in a way that I’ve never had to.”
Owen Wilson says that connection is what made J.Lo the best person to play Kat.
Owen Wilson: “You can’t imagine anyone but Jennifer Lopez playing this part, just because it seems so perfect for her skill set.”
One of those skills being busting a move.
Owen Wilson: “Everyone was watching the monitor, even the security guys, just because it’s fun watching her dance. You definitely don’t need a double for her dancing.”
Sarah Silverman, who plays his BFF in the movie, agrees.
Sarah Silverman: “We were at a J.Lo concert where she’s playing someone else named Kat Valdez. But it was unbelievable to watch live.”
J.Lo also got to reunite with Maluma for the movie, who she’s made music with before.
Jennifer Lopez: “Working with Maluma was a joy. It was so much fun. This was his first movie, his first time acting, and he was a natural. He was a real natural. He’s like, ‘You know, I’m not this guy. This is not who I – I’m not Bastian.’ I go, ‘No, I know. I know.”
Jennifer Lopez (as Kat Valdez): “I think we left smart six weeks ago.”
“Marry Me” asks for moviegoers’ commitment beginning Feb. 11.
Original Post: wsvn.com
Miami Beach Police Searching for Missing 5-year-old Last Seen With Mother
Miami Beach Police seek the public’s help in their search for a missing girl who was last seen in the custody of her mother.
Investigators said 5-year-old Leah-Ranee Rose Lassiter was last seen on Nov. 18.
Police said her mother, Chantel Iman Dortch, has since refused to surrender the child to her biological father in contradiction to a court custody order.
Lassiter stands 4 feet tall, weighs around 50 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
Mother and daughter were last seen in a black Audi A4 with the temporary Florida tag of DAG5401 that expired Sept. 21.
Officials urge anyone with information on their whereabouts to call Miami Beach Police at 305-673-7901.
Original Source: wsvn.com
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