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Abe Aboraya

Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya works for WMFE in Orlando. He started writing for newspapers in high school. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe worked as a reporter for the Orlando Business Journal. He comes from a family of health care workers.

Contact Abe at 407-273-2300 x 183 on Twitter @AbeAboraya or by email

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The former Minneapolis police officer at the center of the George Floyd protests voted in Florida in 2016 and 2018, raising questions about whether he committed voter fraud.

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The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force approved plans Wednesday for both Disney World and SeaWorld parks to reopen.

Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state does not use the same lab that has produced 35,000 unreliable COVID-19 test results for AdventHealth.

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Lawyers representing the families of people who died of COVID-19 have put nursing homes on notice that they plan to sue.

In Florida, Nurses across the state have complained about a lack of face masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment.
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A new report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention says at least 9,200 of the nation's health care workers have been infected with COVID-19. Twenty-seven have died.

Most of the health care workers reported that their only contact with the coronavirus was through patients at work.

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Orlando area patients are starting to get treated for COVID-19 with the blood of patients who have recovered.

Florida’s projected peak of COVID-19 cases is now expected to come sooner. Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now say Florida will have its peak April 21, with 242 people dying in a single day.

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As Florida voters prepare to go to the polls, a non-scientific survey by public media partners WUSF and WMFE could shed some light into what’s driving voter decisions.

The survey - collected over a four-month period late last year - shows that voters in different counties  along the poltiically important Interstate 4 Corridor have different priorities this election.

Florida’s largest insurance company, Florida Blue, is ready to work with the Florida Department of Health in response to the coronavirus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced Wednesday night a new case of COVID-19 in California that hasn’t been linked to travel abroad. That means it could be the first example of community spread of the virus.

90.7 Health Reporter Abe Aboraya spoke with Florida Blue and GuideWell CEO Pat Geraghty about COVID 19.

Frank DiMeglio sitting outside his Daytona Beach condo.
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Florida’s primary election is just two weeks away and public media stations WUSF in Tampa and WMFE in Orlando are banding together to cover stories along the I-4 Corridor this election season.

The stories from the I-4 Votes collaboration are based on what residents consider the most pressing issues in the 2020 presidential election. This week, we're taking a deep dive into a survey of people living in this region of Florida - a critical part of a key swing state.

We start with two hot-button issues: Guns, and immigration.

The Trump administration is extending open enrollment to buy health insurance through the federal health insurance exchanges.

The new deadline is 3 a.m. eastern time December 18.

Scott Burgett bends down and touches the leafy flower of the hemp plant, rubbing his fingers together.

“This is the cherry citrus,” Burgett said. “You can smell that the terpenes in it. If you just touch the plant, you can feel how sticky it is just like regular cannabis.”

Public schools across Florida must have a policy in place by the end of the year allowing students to use medical marijuana on campus, or they will risk losing some state funding. 

The parent company of health insurer Florida Blue is offering $400,000 to companies that can help caregivers. 

President Donald Trump was in The Villages on Thursday touting his plan for health care, looking to contrast himself from Democratic presidential candidates.

WUSF News is committed to covering the upcoming presidential election with a focus on the issues – and not the political horse race.

We’re spending time in the community listening – and asking what matters to you and your neighbors.

The TSA has elevated suicide prevention to a top priority for leadership after agent Robert Henry’s public suicide at the Orlando International Airport.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings does not want Central Florida to be home to a shelter for unaccompanied children who illegally cross the border.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement wants a site that can house 500 children and 500 workers in total with two acres of recreational space. The federal government is eyeing a Travellodge near the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and State Road 528.

TSA agent Robert Henry jumped to his death inside the Orlando International Airport in February. Afterward, agents came forward to say Henry was bullied at work and that Transportation Security Administration has a toxic work environment.

Prominent Orlando attorney John Morgan continues to put his money behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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Supporters of legalized recreational marijuana in Florida just got a big-name backer: high-profile Orlando attorney John Morgan.

By Abe Aboraya

Florida travelers are catching serious mosquito-born diseases abroad, including dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria and Zika virus. Still, officials say the numbers are low and there’s no reason to panic. 

The Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services has finalized its rules for how medical marijuana growers can get licensed to make and sell edibles. 

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Greyhound tracks in Florida have until December 31, 2020, to stop races. But some, like Melbourne Greyhound Park, are ending the practice early. 

Orange County is seeing a huge spike in hepatitis A cases.

It’s turning into an interesting week for medical marijuana in Florida: Growers are working on deals to get edibles in the state, while lawmakers are again taking up the issue of smoking medical cannabis. 

Florida’s chief financial officer is asking incoming Attorney General William Barr to provide guidance on medical marijuana banking. 

After 12 nursing home residents died from heat exposure during power outages from Hurricane Irma, Florida lawmakers required nursing homes and assisted living facilities have generators that can run the air conditioner for four days.

Special mental health training could soon be available to first responders of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Special mental health training could soon be available to first responders of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Florida could soon allow sterile needle exchanges across the state.

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