The City of Gainesville Zero Waste Subcommittee, a leg of the city commission, addressed the city’s zero waste goal and updates to its solid waste ordinance at a meeting Aug. 31. The initiative follows the principle of eliminating all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.
Alexandra is a senior journalism major reporting on Science/Environment for The Alligator. Her work has appeared in The Gainesville Sun, and she filed public records requests for the Why Don't We Know investigative podcast. She has a passion for the environment.
‘Estresante’: los investigadores de la UF proyectan que el brote de COVID-19 Delta alcanzará su punto máximo a fines de agosto o septiembreBy Alexandra Harris , Saira González and Elena Barrera | Sep. 1
A medida que los estudiantes regresan al campus para las clases de otoño, UF se acerca a un pico promedio de casos de siete días comparable al de enero, que fue uno de los más grandes desde el inicio de la pandemia COVID-19.
On Aug. 16, students settled into their second week at P.K. Yonge with more than 10 pro-mask demonstrators at the entrance at about 7 a.m. Because the school is affiliated with UF, masks remain optional.
A State Board of Education order gave ACPS and the Broward County School Board 48 hours to comply with statewide guidance to make wearing masks in public schools optional. Although there may be potential losses and consequences, ACPS chose to reject the guidance.
‘Nerve-racking’: UF researchers project the COVID-19 Delta outbreak to peak in late August or SeptemberBy Alexandra Harris and Elena Barrera | Aug. 18
The report from UF biostatisticians predicted the peak would take place over the first three weeks of Fall classes at UF — projecting to reach 33,000 reported cases per day and 220,000 per week in Florida.
“It’s not a mask mandate,” UF spokesperson Steve Orlando said. “It’s expected, not required.”
COVID-19: UF unions demand action and transparency from administration nearing start of Fall with record-breaking cases statewideBy Alexandra Harris | Aug. 5
UF is unable to disclose data supporting its estimation on student vaccination rates — unions urge answers.
The CDC is recommending some vaccinated people to wear masks again to maximize protection and prevent spreading the Delta variant. As of Tuesday, UF did not provide comment on whether the university will be following the updated guidelines nor respond to questions regarding updates on its masking policies.
COVID-19 Update: UF hits highest positivity rate since April, Shands hospitalizations increase by 400%By Alexandra Harris | July 21
The number of COVID-19 patients soared from 14 to 70 patients, and over 10% of the patients are on ventilators. Despite the common belief that the virus is more impactful among the elderly population, the recent COVID-19 patients coming into Shands are younger.
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