Coronavirus Live Updates: State Adds 1,868 New Cases, 42 Deaths On Sunday
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State Reports 1,868 New COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Increases By 42
Updated Sunday at 1:15 p.m.
The state of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 1,868 new cases Sunday and 42 more deaths from the novel coronavirus.
Throughout the pandemic, less data collection and entry led to the daily reports on Sundays having lower case and fatality numbers than the rest of the week. Sunday’s case count remains in the range of the last several Sundays, but the 42 deaths is the most reported on a Sunday since the 51 reported on Aug. 23.
For the pandemic, the state of Florida reports 716,459 COVID-19 total cases and 14,845 total deaths.
Read more from our news partner the Miami Herald
-David J. Neal/Miami Herald
Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 2,660 Resident Death Toll Surpasses 14,500
Updated Friday at 11:28 a.m.
Florida surpassed 710,00 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 2,660 cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
Florida now has a total of 711,804 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.
Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 842 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County only added one case overall.
Friday’s update also included the announcement of 110 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to14,554.
— By WLRN News
Local Leaders Tell DeSantis They’ve Imposed $2 Million In Coronavirus Fines
Updated Thursday at 6:16 a.m.
Only a handful of local governments have issued fines to people or businesses related to their coronavirus orders, according to reports requested by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Not all cities and counties responded, but out of the ones that did and issued fines, just two account for the vast majority of the $1.9 million in penalties. Miami-Dade County and Naples account for more than 85% of the fines, due to a variety of reasons, including disobeying mask ordinances, staying out past curfew and parking by the beaches when they were closed.
Miami-Dade County issued 1,882 citations totaling $760,600 and another 215 citations totaling $109,650 were issued by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, comprising 45% of the $1,940,162 in fines tallied by DeSantis' office.
Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel.
— By Gray Rohrer / The South Florida Sun Sentinel
Carnival Picks PortMiami For November Cruise Restart After CDC No-Sail Order Shortened
Updated Friday at 6:14 a.m.
Carnival Cruise Line has zeroed in on Miami as one of two ports to restart U.S. cruises after a months-long hiatus due to COVID-19.
Following the White House’s intervention Tuesday to block the U.S. Disease Control and Prevention from banning cruises until February 2021 as the agency had planned, the current cruise ban is set to expire on Oct. 31. On Thursday, Carnival canceled all cruises for November and December except for those that will leave from PortMiami and Port Canaveral, which are on track to restart Nov. 1.
Competitors Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MSC Cruises continue to sell cruises from Miami for November. Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages are selling cruises for December.
Read more from our news partner at the Miami Herald.
— By Taylor Dolven / The Miami Herald