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Coronavirus Live Updates: Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 2,725 Resident Death Toll Reaches 15,531

South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 2,725 Resident Death Toll Reaches 15,531

Updated Tuesday at 11:50 a.m.

Florida surpassed 730,000 positive cases of COVID-19 asFlorida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 2,725 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Florida now has a total of 738,749 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 789 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County added 13 new cases overall.

Tuesday’s update also included the announcement of 119 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 15,531.

— By WLRN News

MAST To Reopen Tuesday, A Day After School Closed When 2 Students Tested COVID Positive

Updated Tuesday at 8:17 a.m.

Two MAST Academy students tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, prompting Miami-Dade County Public Schools to cancel in-person classes at the school Monday.

But the school will reopen Tuesday, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Monday afternoon.

“Tuesday, MAST Academy will be open with all of the students who elected for the schoolhouse model with the exception of those who have been contacted by school administration due to their direct interaction with those individuals,” Carvalho said.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.

— By David J. Neal, Colleen Wright, David Goodhue

Miami Marathon Canceled (Pandemic) For First Time In History. Next One: January 2022

Updated Tuesday at 6:18 a.m.

In 2020, the Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon was pushed back two weeks to prevent interfering with the Super Bowl. But at least it was run.

There will be no 2021 Miami Marathon.

The Miami Herald learned Monday that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have canceled what was to be the next Miami Marathon, originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31. That includes the entire slate of weekend events which encompass the marathon, half marathon, 5K and marathon health & fitness expo.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.

By Susan Miller Degnan / The Miami Herald

Broward Student Tests Positive For COVID-19; 4 Show Symptoms

Updated Tuesday at 6:13 a.m.

At least one Broward student and two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since schools reopened Friday, while four students have been sent home due to possible coronavirus symptoms.

The first confirmed case was a first grader on the west campus of the Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School, run by the city of Pembroke Pines, spokeswoman Marianne Wohlert said. The employee cases were at Miramar High and Park Trails Elementary in Parkland, according to incident reports filled out by district administrators.

The students showing symptoms were at Central Park Elementary in Plantation and three Pembroke Pines elementary schools: Palm Cove, Chapel Trail and Pembroke Pines Elementary.

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

By Scott Travis / The South Florida Sun Sentinel

In Its Fourth Month, Miami-Dade’s COVID Curfew Officially Moves To Midnight

Updated Tuesday at 6:10 a.m.

Miami-Dade’s COVID-19 curfew, now in its fourth month, officially moved to midnight Monday, shaving an hour off the time when residents must be off the streets in most circumstances.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced the pending change Friday but held out the possibility of reversing course over the weekend if the county’s COVID-19 statistics turned sharply worse. That didn’t happen, and Gimenez’s office posted the final order that shifted the countywide curfew from 11 p.m. to midnight on Monday.

There are exceptions for people delivering food and other items, and workers traveling to businesses considered essential in the order, including media, healthcare workers and utility crews. There’s also a blanket exemption for people going to or from religious services and major sports events, a waiver first imposed to accommodate the Miami Hurricanes’ season opener at Hard Rock Stadium. There’s also an exemption for anyone walking a dog within 250 feet of their home.

Read more from our news partner at the Miami Herald.

— By Douglas Hanks / The Miami Herald

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