The Point, Nov. 15, 2021: Alachua County’s declining COVID-19 positivity rate led the High Springs treatment site to close


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• WUFT News: After a few months of being open, a High Springs monoclonal antibody treatment site closes. “Decreased demand based on a drop in the county’s COVID positivity rate and hospitalizations are why the monoclonal antibody treatment center is closing, according to Paul Myers, the administrator for the Alachua County Health Department.”

• Miami Herald ($): UF professors accuse task force examining expert testimony of having its own conflicts. “The three University of Florida professors who sued the university after it initially barred them from testifying in a lawsuit against the state in a voting rights issue sent a scathing letter to UF President Kent Fuchs on Friday, accusing him of creating a task force as a public relations ploy and putting people on the committee who had developed the very conflict-of-interest policies being reviewed.”

• WUFT News: GNV RideRTS app struggles to replace TransLoc for commuters. “RTS launched the new app in September, mainly to help clarify detours caused by construction on the University of Florida campus, but many riders haven’t switched to the new app.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: City manager finishes Gainesville chapter. “City Manager Lee Feldman (ended) his tenure in Gainesville on Friday, a little over two years after he started with the city. It is two years of city management that has been spent almost entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ended with a period in which he faced public criticism from members of the City Commission he served.”

• USA Today Network ($): Special legislative session in Florida pits Gov. DeSantis, GOP lawmakers against Biden. “Dismissed mostly as political theater by opponents, Florida lawmakers return Monday to the Capitol for a special session demanded by Gov. Ron DeSantis to break with the Biden administration’s push for larger businesses to assure that their employees are vaccinated.”

• News Service of Florida: Arguments will be heard next month in Florida’s fight against vaccine mandates for federal contractors. “A federal judge will hear arguments Dec. 7 in Florida’s request for a preliminary injunction to block Biden administration efforts to require employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday this week scheduled the hearing, which will be held in Tampa.”

• WUSF: Are Florida ports the solution to America’s supply chain problems? These factors make it difficult. “While Florida ports have been working since before the pandemic to attract more cargo routes, experts say this latest push may not provide a quick fix to supply chain bottleneck.”

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