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Coronavirus Live Updates: Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 2,521, Surpass 683,000 Mark

The new coronavirus has a crown of tentacles on its surface when viewed under the microscope.
The new coronavirus has a crown of tentacles on its surface when viewed under the microscope.

This post will be updated today, Friday, September 18, and through the weekend with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

WLRN staff continues to add to community resource lists, including this article on where kids and families can get food while schools are closed, and this post about whether and where to get tested for coronavirus.

The dedicated website for the Florida Department of Health, including information about symptoms and numbers of cases, can be found here.

The dedicated website from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found here.

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Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 2,521, Surpass 683,000 Mark

Updated Sunday at 12:15 p.m.

Florida surpassed 683,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 2,521 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Florida now has a total of 683,754 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Sunday's update also included the announcement of nine new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Florida residents who died up to 13,296. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 5,652 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 22 deaths.

— By WLRN News

Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By More Than 3,200, Resident Death Toll Reaches 13,255

Updated Friday at 12:34 p.m.

Florida surpassed 670,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 3,204 cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

Florida now has a total of 677,660 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 826 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County only added two cases overall.

Friday's update also included the announcement of 139 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 13,225.

— By WLRN News

Broward’s COVID-19 Meetings Will Be Recorded, County Mayor Says

Updated Friday at 8:34 a.m.

COVID-19 meetings between the county and city leaders will no longer be held privately — at least not entirely, Broward Mayor Dale V.C. Holness said in a radio interview Thursday.

Speaking on the Norm Kent radio show, Holness responded to mounting criticism about the secrecy surrounding the meetings by making a promise to record them — officially — from now on.

“To be honest with you, I’ll make news here,” said Holness. “If we do the calls again, I’ll record them.”

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

— By Rafael Olmeda And Lisa J. Huriash/The South Florida Sun Sentinel