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News about the coronavirus loomed large as Florida senators debated the confirmation of Scott Rivkees as the state’s surgeon general.  Rivkees has been acting as surgeon general since Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed him last year, but lawmakers didn’t make it official until now.

No one in Florida has the illness caused by the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus, but state officials say they’re preparing in case that changes.

Florida Takes Cautious Approach To Combat Vaping Illnesses

Oct 22, 2019
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Despite the spread of vaping-related illnesses, Florida’s top health official told legislators the state isn’t taking dramatic steps at this time to address the issue.

New Health Secretary To Keep Ties To UF

Jun 6, 2019

When physician Scott Rivkees takes over as secretary of the state Department of Health, he will continue to be employed by the University of Florida. 

Secretary Post Remains Empty At Health Agency

May 16, 2019

Florida is grappling with an outbreak of hepatitis A but does not have a top health officer at the agency charged with ensuring the public’s health. 

Senate Won’t Act This Year On Surgeon General

Apr 4, 2019

Citing a past sexual harassment investigation at the University of Florida, Senate President Bill Galvano said Wednesday the Senate will not vote during this year’s legislative session on confirming the state’s new surgeon general. 

New Surgeon General Faced Harassment Allegations

Apr 3, 2019

A doctor tapped by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become the state’s surgeon general has been embroiled in legal squabbles and investigations while working at the University of Florida. 

UF Dr. Scott Rivkees Named State Surgeon General

Apr 2, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday named a top University of Florida doctor and professor as the state’s next surgeon general.