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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 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. 

Gov. ron DeSantis in front of a podium
The Florida Channel

The state began on Saturday releasing the names of nursing homes and assisted living facilities where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced.

Tall building
Google Maps

Three people who were evacuated from a nursing home in Seminole have died from COVID-19, according to the medical examiner's office in Pinellas County. The patients, an 84-year-old woman, 74-year-old man and 66-year-old man were among dozens of people who were evacuated after the virus spread through the nursing home.

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

covid-19 testing supplies
iStock

BayCare Health Plans is waiving all out-of-pocket costs for the 8,000 people who are covered through its Medicare Advantage plans.

Coronavirus dashboard from state
Florida Department of Health

The number of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Florida climbed to 11,545 on Saturday.

The 6 p.m. release by the state put the day’s total at 1,620 new confirmed cases compared to the same time on Friday. It’s the third straight day that the new infections have exceeded 1,000.

a worker tests samples for COVID-19 by placing a trey into a machine
Quest Diagnostics

Florida has tested more than 100,000 people for the coronavirus as it works to stop the disease from spreading, the state announced Saturday.

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Wikimedia Commons

A motorcyclist and bicyclist were killed in a crash on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa on Saturday morning.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. when the bicyclist was trying to cross Bayshore at a crosswalk near Rome Avenue.

Coronavirus Test Kit
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hillsborough County will soon begin testing all first responders and medical staff at nursing home facilities for COVID-19.  

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

a lab technician puts liquid into beakers
iStock

Florida’s largest health insurer is waiving out-of-pocket costs for members who need treatment for COVID-19.

drive-thru testing for coronavirus
Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

Starting Wednesday, people who have symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested at Raymond James Stadium.

Pinellas County Sheriff Gaultieri and Clearwater Beach Chief Dan Slaughter hold a news conference on Clearwater Beach
Pinellas County Sheirff's Office Facebook

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was critical on Saturday of the national media’s coverage of  local spring breakers, which he said led to the closure of all county beaches this week.

Florida's coronavirus dashboard screengrab
State of Florida

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Florida jumped by 200 on Saturday, after the state announced 105 new cases during its evening update.

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CARL LISCIANDRELLO/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

As other areas of the economy contract, Publix announced Friday that it is hiring thousands of workers to meet “unprecedented demand.”

Coronavirus map and dashboard from state of florida
State of Florida

Two more people have died from the coronavirus in Florida, state officials announced at 11 a.m. Saturday and another 95 patients have tested positive.

One of the deaths was in Broward County, where cases of COVID-19 are among the highest in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health. The other was in Duval County. Twelve people have died from the disease in Florida.

Colonel Stephen Snelson
Facebook

A Navy sailor assigned to the United States Central Command headquarters at MacDill Airforce Base was diagnosed with COVID-19, an official said. 

The sailor had recently traveled overseas and upon his return, he followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colonel Stephen Snelson, commander of the 6 Air Refueling Wing, said in a Facebook video posted on Friday night.

The sailor immediately went into quarantine at his off-base home and practiced social distancing from his friends and family, Snelson said. When he started showing symptoms, he alerted the Florida Department of Health who tested him, he said.

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

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

state coronavirus dashboard
State of Florida

A Manatee County patient has become the state’s seventh fatality from the coronavirus, state officials announced on Tuesday.

State charts showing emergency room admission rates
State of Florida

A fifth person has died in Florida from the coronavirus, state officials announced Monday evening.

The person died in Orange County, a release from the state said, but no other details were provided.

Coronavirus dashboard
Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health announced 19 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number in the state to 155.

Photo of Charles & Margery Barancik
Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

A Longboat Key police officer has been fired following a crash that killed well-known philanthropists Charles and Margery Baranick.

Voters across the country say health care is one of their top issues going into this year's election.

It ranks as the top issue for Democrats and independents and just below the economy for Republicans, polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation has found.

coronavirus
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

Florida has its first two cases of COVID-19 as patients in Hillsborough and Manatee counties tested positive for the virus, officials from the Florida Department of Health announced Sunday night.

Moffitt Cancer Center
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

Moffitt Cancer Center is being sued by its former director who says he was forced to resign over his alleged ties to China.

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