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Coronavirus Live Updates: Palm Beach County Commissioner Tests Positive For COVID-19

Commissioner Melissa at a September 15 commission meeting
Commissioner Melissa at a September 15 commission meeting

This post will be updated today, Tuesday, October 27, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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Palm Beach County Commissioner Tests Positive For COVID-19

Updated Tuesday at 2:15 p.m.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a Twitter post Tuesday, McKinlay says she feels lethargic and achy but isn’t feeling any other COVID-19 related symptoms.

The former county mayor said she’s quarantined and is working with contact tracers.

In September, McKinlay’s daughter also tested positive for the virus.

—Wilkine Brutus/WLRN News

Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 4,298 Resident Death Toll Reaches 16,505

Updated Tuesday at 12:33 p.m.

Florida surpassed 780,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 4,298 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Florida now has a total of 786,311 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 1,459 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County added 15 new cases overall.

Tuesday’s update also included the announcement of 56 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 16,505.

— By WLRN News

Florida Is On The Verge Of A COVID-19 Resurgence

Updated Tuesday at 7:38 a.m.

Florida’s rising number of COVID-19 cases could be the leading edge of a dangerous spike that could continue for months as the state remains wide open for business, tourism and education, public health experts warn.

A decline of cases since the summer surge is over, four weeks into the state’s Phase 3 reopening of bars and restaurants at full service, state and national data indicates.

With Gov. Ron DeSantis promising there’s no chance of a return to lockdowns, no matter the severity of another surge, we can expect more people will need hospital treatment and more will die, experts say.

— By Marc Freeman / The South Florida Sun Sentinel

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

Gas Is Cheaper Than It’s Been In Years. The Pandemic Could Make Prices Fall Even Lower.

Updated Tuesday at 7:29 a.m.

Gas is cheaper than it’s been in a long time in South Florida and experts say the prices will continue to fall as we head into the holiday season.

The COVID-19 pandemic figures heavily into the welcome tumble that we’ve seen in 2020, bringing prices down to the lowest they’ve been in years. Drivers in South Florida are not commuting to school or work as much as they used to. They are also putting off long road trips.

Prices were the lowest in May, dipping under $2 per gallon on average across the state. But experts say current prices are already trending downward and could be under $2 yet again thanks to a resurgence in cases.

— By Andrew Boryga / The South Florida Sun Sentinel

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