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Around the nation: Alaska and Florida sue CDC over cruise industry restrictions


Alaska and Florida are suing CDC for its decision to halt all cruise ships in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Alaska, Colorado, Florida, and South Carolina.

  • Alaska/Florida: Alaska and Florida are suing CDC for its decision to halt all cruise ships in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The lawsuit contends that CDC doesn't have the legal authority to stop cruise ships, with Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) adding that the decision doesn't take into account the cruise industry's safety measures nor the fact that cruising has resumed in other parts of the world. Dunleavy said Alaska has seen "an economic loss of $3 billion due to the cancelation of the 2020 cruise ship season, and faces another (unnecessary) economic loss in 2021" (Hines, USA Today, 4/21).
  • Colorado: Colorado is now making Covid-19 vaccines available without an appointment in three locations throughout the state. Gov. Jared Polis (D) said the change is a result of there being more supply of vaccines than immediate demand. Currently, half of adults in Colorado have received at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, and around a third are fully vaccinated (Frank, Axios, 4/21).
  • South Carolina: MUSC Health has named Julian Hinesley as CEO of its Florence Division, effective mid-May. Hinesley currently serves as CEO of Vanderbilt Health's Wilson County Hospital and previously served as a hospital CEO with Community Health Systems (SCNow, 4/20).

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