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Julio Ochoa

Health News Florida Editor

Julio Ochoa is editor of Health News Florida.

He comes to WUSF from The Tampa Tribune, where he began as a website producer for TBO.com and served in several editing roles, eventually becoming the newspaper’s deputy metro editor. 

Julio was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and worked at a paper in Greeley, Colo., before returning to Florida as a reporter and as breaking news editor for the Naples Daily News.

Contact Julio at 813-974-8633, on Twitter at @julioochoa or email julioochoa@wusf.org.

A person in Hillsborough County has been infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba, according to a release by Florida Department of Health officials.

A woman serves a customer in a bar
Daylina Miller/WUSF Public Media

When Gov. Ron DeSantis was making the case to reopen Florida at the end of April, he pointed to data about the coronavirus that was trending in the right direction. 

illustration of herd immunity
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

As cases of the coronavirus surge across Florida, some suggest herd immunity could be a solution.    

It's the idea of fighting a disease by making a majority of the population immune, and it is often cited as the reason why vaccines are so effective in controlling deadly diseases like polio and the measles. 

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is getting a new owner.

The city’s oldest and largest hospital is being sold by Community Health Systems to the non-profit health care organization Orlando Health.

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

Florida health officials reported nearly 9,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, crushing a previous single-day high of 5,511 set on Wednesday.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

Another 5,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Florida, the state health department reported on Thursday.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

walker next to nursing home bed.
iStock

More than a third of COVID-19 deaths in the United States so far happened at nursing homes.

Now Congress is demanding answers from five of the companies that run them, including one with 69 facilities in Florida. 

Tampa General Hospital
Tampa General Hospital

Though a state dashboard shows some hospitals are nearing capacity, Gov. Ron DeSantis and health care executives from around Florida said Friday there are more than enough hospital beds to deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Protesters during the Black Lives Matter rally in South Tampa on Saturday carried signs including some that called for the defunding of police.
Julio Ochoa/WUSF Public Media

Linda Breen has been self-isolating for months. She's 69 and has a respiratory issue that she says puts her at risk if she were to catch the coronavirus.

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health is reporting the largest daily increase of positive cases of the coronavirus since the outbreak began.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Protesters hold signs including some that call for the defunding of police.
Julio Ochoa/WUSF Public Media

Thousands marched through the streets of South Tampa on Saturday during a Black Lives Matter rally as the protests over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police entered its third week.

Florida Departement of Environmental Protection

More than 800,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into Sarasota Bay after a wastewater pipe broke in Bradenton earlier this month.

florida coronavirus dashboard
Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health reported Saturday that 55,424 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the state; an increase of 927 cases since Friday.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A Tampa protest over the death of George Floyd started peacefully Saturday afternoon but deteriorated with looters breaking into stores and setting fire to a gas station and sporting goods store.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari mug shot
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A 23-year-old Tampa Man has been charged with attempting to support ISIS by carrying out terrorists attacks in Florida, including one at Honeymoon Island, according to authorities.

Exterior of AMC Woodlands in Oldsmar
GOOGLE

Movie theaters in Pinellas County will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity after being shuttered due to the coronavirus.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

florida coronavirus dashboard
Florida Department of Health

Florida health officials reported Sunday that 45,588 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the state; an increase of 777 people since Saturday.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

More people died this week in Florida from COVID-19 than any other week since the outbreak began.

State records show that between Saturday and Friday, 401 people in the state died after catching the virus.

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Nursing home patients account for more than a third of Florida’s COVID-19 deaths and the greater Tampa Bay region has some of the state’s highest death tolls.

A group of teenagers sits on a beach towel at Clearwater Beach.
Daylina Miller/WUSF Public Media

Pinellas County's beaches were busy Monday, on the first day that people were allowed to return to the sand.

drive-thru coronavirus testing site
University of Florida

Hillsborough County reported its largest jump in COVID-19 cases in a single day on Saturday, days after it started providing tests to anyone who wants one.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

graph of  COVID-19 cases in nursing homes
Florida Emergency Status System

The state is now releasing information about the number of patients and staff who have COVID-19 in individual nursing homes.

florida's covid-19 dashboard screen grab
State of Florida

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Florida increased by 739 on Saturday, pushing the state past 25,000 cases. 

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