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Robbie Gaffney

Robbie Gaffney is a recent graduate from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.  

  • State health officials reported 6,331 COVID-19 cases, Wednesday, for a total of 944,745 cases. The Florida Department of Health also reported 94 new coronavirus-related deaths, Nov. 23, increasing the statewide death toll to 18,310 fatalities.Over the past seven days, the single-day average number of new infections reported has increased to 7,529 cases. The average number of daily deaths reported over the past week has increased to nearly 72 fatalities a day.
  • When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the Florida Department of Health plans to prioritize certain groups of people.
  • Governor Ron DeSantis says he's hopeful Florida hospitals will receive COVID-19 vaccine shipments in the next three to six weeks. That's pending vaccine approval from the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration.
  • Hurricanes often batter Florida. In 2018 it was Michael. In 2020, it's Eta. Attorney General Ashley Moody says people sometimes fall victim to scams in the wake of these storms. Her office is giving out tips on how to recognize these storm-related scams.
  • State health officials reported 3,924 new COVID-19 cases, Monday, for a total of 847,821 cases. The Florida Department of Health also reported 58 new coronavirus-related deaths, Nov. 9, increasing the statewide death toll to 17,391 fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • State health officials reported 3,377 new COVID-19 cases, Monday, for a total of 782,013 cases. The Florida Department of Health also reported 20 new coronavirus-related deaths, Oct. 26, increasing the statewide death toll to 16,652 fatalities.Over the past seven days, the single-day average number of new infections reported stands at just over 4,135 cases. The average number of daily deaths reported over the past week comes to 61 fatalities a day.
  • State health officials reported 5,807 new COVID-19 cases, Wednesday, for a total of 762,533 cases. The Florida Department of Health also reported 105 new coronavirus-related deaths, Oct. 21, increasing the statewide death toll to 16,413 fatalities.
  • Disability advocates want poll workers to ask everyone if they wish to use an accessible voting machine. The idea is to decrease stigma around disabilities and make the voting process more inclusive. Traditionally, if a person needed an accessible machine, they would have to ask for it.
  • Florida doesn't have any accommodations for disabled Floridians who wish to vote by mail. If you're blind or can't use your arms, you'll need to get someone else to fill out your ballot. But in at least five counties, that's going to change.
  • State health officials reported 2,541 new COVID-19 cases, Thursday bringing Florida's total to 693,040 cases. The Florida Department of Health also reported 177 new coronavirus-related deaths, Sept. 24, increasing the statewide death toll to 13,961 fatalities.Of the 5,186,646 COVID-19 tests that have been reported in Florida so far, the overall positivity rate has reduced to 13.36% and the latest single-day positivity rate fell to 4.44% after rising about the five percent threshold in the previous two days.