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Coronavirus Live Updates: 12 More Miami-Dade Schools Employees Among Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Dashboard Shows

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Carl Juste
The Miami Herald
MAST Academy students walk toward campus while a school staffer guides cars toward the school drop-off point as Miami-Dade public schools’ elementary students plus students in grades 6, 9 and 10 returned for in-person learning on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

This post will be updated today, Thursday, Oct. 15, and through the week 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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12 More Miami-Dade Schools Employees Among Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Dashboard Shows

Updated Thursday at 3:20 p.m.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has confirmed nearly 30 COVID-19 cases since schools reopened for in-person learning last week, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard. The increase comes after 12 employees were added to the dashboard Thursday, bringing the confirmed employee count to 14.

No new student cases were added, leaving the student count at 14.

The employees could be teachers, custodians, or cafeteria and office workers.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

—Michelle Marchante/Miami Herald

Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 3,356 Resident Death Toll Reaches 15,736

Updated Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Florida surpassed 740,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 3,356 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Florida now has a total of 744,988 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 933 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County added 23 new cases overall.

Thursday’s update also included the announcement of 141 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 15,736.

— By WLRN News

Free COVID-19 Testing Offered In The Keys This Weekend

Updated Thursday at 10 a.m.

The state's COVID-19 mobile testing lab will be on Stock Island Saturday and in Key Largo Sunday. The walk-up tests are free and available to Florida residents with or without symptoms.

Testing is on a first-come, first-served basis. Identification is required for adults.

The lab will be at Bernstein Park, 6571 5th St., Stock Island Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, it will be at 551 St. Croix Place (the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and St. Croix Place, adjacent to the parking lot of the Jacobs Aquatic Center) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Testing will be done by nasopharyngeal swab.

The state says individuals will be called or emailed with results within two days.

—Nancy Klingener/WLRN News

Skip The Post Office: Palm Beach County Adds Vans To Take Mail Ballots

Updated Thursday at 6:13 a.m.

Given the vast popularity of vote-by-mail this election cycle, most early voting sites in Palm Beach County will have something new: Vans where voters can submit their vote-by-mail ballots.

The two dozen vans leased by the county's supervisor of elections with federal CARES Act dollars from the state provide an alternative to dropping a ballot in the mail.

They'll be at 17 of the 18 early voting sites when early voting begins Monday and continues through Nov. 1. The vans hours mimic early voting hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Read more from our news partner at The Palm Beach Post.

— By Hannah Morse / The Palm Beach Post