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Coronavirus Live Updates: Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 3,377 Resident Death Toll Reaches 16,449

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Dr. Rhonda Flores looks at protein samples on March 20 at Novavax labs in Gaithersburg, Md., one of the labs developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.

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Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 3,377 Resident Death Toll Reaches 16,449

Updated Monday at 11:45 a.m.

Florida surpassed 780,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 3,377 cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

Florida now has a total of 782,013 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 1,384 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County added 13 new cases overall.

Monday’s update also included the announcement of 20 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 16,449.

— By WLRN News

Miami Schools COVID Cases Top 200, Broward Tips 100. Charter, Private Schools Impacted.

Updated Monday at 8:00 a.m.

At the end of the business day Friday, the Miami-Dade County school system reported its confirmed cases of COVID-19 had topped 200.

Actual cases are likely significantly higher because there is a lag between when a student or staff member self reports to the individual school and when the Florida Department of Health confirms the diagnosis.

Only then does the case get placed on the Miami-Dade public school district’s online coronavirus dashboard.

— By David Goodhue / The Miami Herald

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.

Palm Beach County Businesses Hurt By Coronavirus Can Apply For More Grant Money; Now Nonprofits Can Also Apply

Updated Monday at 7:53 a.m.

Palm Beach County's grant program for businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic received an influx of cash, meaning a third application round for that money will soon open.

County commissioners Tuesday approved another $20 million for the program from its reserves of federal CARES Act dollars. The county received $261 million, and now a total of $95 million of that will have been set aside for business grants.

Businesses that have not yet received a grant from the county or any forgivable loan like the Paycheck Protection Program can apply to receive a grant starting 8 a.m. Monday.

— By Hannah Morse / The Palm Beach Post

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

More Students Returning To Campus Next Month, But Fewer Than School District Expected

Updated Monday 7:49 a.m.

Most elementary students plan to attend classes in person next month in Palm Beach County public schools, but more than two-thirds of high school students intend to keep learning from home.

Asked by the school district to “lock in” their choices for the school year's second grading period, more parents are choosing to send their children back to campus, district records show.

Overall, 45 percent of the district’s 167,000 students are expected to attend in person when the new period begins Nov. 4, up from 36 percent when campuses reopened Sept. 21.

— By Andrew Marra / The Palm Beach Post

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

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