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Florida Matters: COVID Cases Rise As Schools Reopen. It’s A Cause For Concern

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Carl Lisciandrello
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

On Florida Matters, host Bradley George talks with Kerry Sheridan, Health News Florida's education reporter, and Dr. Marissa Levine, a USF professor of public health.

On this episode of Florida Matters, we look at how schools and parents are trying to prepare for another pandemic school year.

Just a couple of months ago, it seemed like the worst of the coronavirus pandemic was behind us. But the spread of the highly contagious delta variant has created a surge worse than what we saw last summer.

In the past week, Florida has broken records for new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

And it comes as students prepare to return to class.

Public health experts urge children 12 and older to get the COVID vaccine and wear masks in school.

But Gov. Ron DeSantis has banned schools from requiring masks.

First, host Bradley George talks with Kerry Sheridan, WUSF’s education reporter.

Later on, George speaks with Dr. Marissa Levine, a professor of public health practice and family medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Public Health.

You can hear Bradley’s full conversations with Sheridan and Levine by clicking above on the “Listen” button. Or you can listen to the WUSF app under “Programs & Podcasts.”

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Dinorah Prevost is a WUSF Public Media news intern for summer 2018.
Bradley George comes to WUSF from Atlanta, where he was a reporter, host, and editor at Georgia Public Broadcasting. While in Atlanta, he reported for NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and The Takeaway. His work has been recognized by , the Georgia Associated Press, and the Atlanta Press Club. Prior to his time in Georgia, Bradley worked at public radio stations in Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina.