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Coronavirus Live Updates: State Reports Fewest COVID Deaths Since June

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Al Diaz
Miami Herald
Coronavirus testing continues at Marlins Park.

This post will be updated today, Friday, September 11, and through the weekend with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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State Reports 2,423 New COVID Cases And 8 Deaths

The state of Florida’s daily COVID-19 dashboard reported eight deaths, the fewest since June 15, while also reporting 2,423 new, confirmed cases.

While Sunday’s reported case numbers show a gentle downward Sunday slope — Aug. 30 was 2,583, Sept. 6 was 2,564 — Sunday’s death count appears to be even more of an anomaly as the corresponding numbers on June 14 and 15 were.

Tuesday through Saturday, 144.6 deaths per day were reported and three of those days were over 100. In the five days before June 14 (six deaths) and June 15 (seven deaths), an average of 42.6 deaths were reported per day. In the five days after, 41.2 deaths per day were reported.

Read more from our news partner the Miami Herald.

-David J. Neal/Miami Herald

Palm Beach County Corrections Deputy Dies Of COVID-19

Updated Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Deputy Angela Chavers gave herself to the community of Palm Beach County for more than a decade. She died after losing her battle with the novel coronavirus, deputies say.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of one of their deputies late Saturday evening. Chavers was 44 years old and is survived by her son and niece. Funeral arrangements are being made, deputies said.

Chavers began her career back in September 2002 with the sheriff’s office. She worked in the inmate management and corrections division.

Read more from our news partner the Miami Herald.

-Devoune Cetoute/Miami Herald

Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 3,650, Resident Death Toll Surpasses 12,500

Updated Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Florida surpassed 658,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 3,650 cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

Florida now has a total of 658,381 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Friday's update also included the announcement of 176 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Florida residents who died up to 12,502. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 5,305 of those deaths. Monroe County has had 20 deaths due to COVID-19.

— By WLRN News

Florida Universities Are Pushed To Drop ACT/SAT Scores In Admission Decisions

Updated Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Florida now stands nearly alone in its refusal to drop the requirement that high school seniors submit an ACT or SAT score as part of their state university applications.

Most other states have adopted test-optional policies for their universities this year because the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of many ACT and SAT test sessions. That has limited the ability of high school students to sit for the exams.

Florida and Wyoming are the only two that have not, according to FairTest: The National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel.

— By Annie Martin & Leslie Postal/ The South Florida Sun Sentinel

Federal Unemployment Aid Now Available In Florida

Updated Friday at 8:50 a.m.

Unemployed Floridians regained access this week to extra money from the federal government.

The state Department of Economic Opportunity installed technology needed to distribute benefits to the unemployed under a so-called Lost Wages Assistance program.

President Donald Trump authorized the money by executive order after Congress failed to agree on a deal to revive payments under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act, which provided $600 a week in addition to state benefits. Those federal payments stopped at the end of July.

Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel.

— By David Lyons / The South Florida Sun Sentinel