Jacob WentzWUSF / Health News Florida intern
Jacob Wentz is the inaugural WUSF / Health News Florida intern for the spring of 2021.
Jacob is a recent graduate from New College of Florida, where he was Editor in Chief of the school’s student-run newspaper, the Catalyst.
His post-graduation plans to teach English in Belgium through the Fulbright Program were delayed due to the pandemic. In the meantime, Jacob worked as a news reporter for WSLR in Sarasota, where he found purpose in covering COVID-19 and how it affected his community.
He is excited to continue reporting on the pandemic and hopes to strengthen his skills in radio news production before heading to Belgium in the fall.
A report from the Florida Policy Institute found that Medicaid expansion could save the state $200 million while extending health care coverage to over 900,000 residents.
A new training program at the University of South Florida is designed to help nurses deal with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic.
Health officials say a new variant of the coronavirus is spreading so quickly in Florida that it will become the state’s most dominant strain by March.
Part of the effort to stop human trafficking involves training commercial truckers, hotel staff and Uber drivers to recognize victims.
Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all residents and staff at long-term care facilities by Sunday, but nearly 1,000 facilities have yet to receive vaccines.
Experts say precautions put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus have caused a dramatic drop in cases of the flu, both in Florida and across the country.