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Coronavirus Live Updates: Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 4,198 Resident Death Toll Reaches 16,648


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Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 4,198 Resident Death Toll Reaches 16,648

Updated Thursday at 12:43 p.m.

Florida surpassed 790,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 4,198 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Florida now has a total of 794,624 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 1,503 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County added 40 new cases overall.

Thursday’s update also included the announcement of 77 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 16,648.

— By WLRN News

Hundreds Of Students At Three Miami-Dade Public Schools Quarantined Due To COVID

Updated Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Hundreds of Miami-Dade high school students at two campuses, as well as dozens of teachers at each of those schools, have been quarantined because of increased cases of COVID-19, according to the teachers union.

The schools are Miami Senior High School and Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes, said Karla Hernandez-Mats, president of United Teachers of Dade.

Additionally, a teacher at Palmetto Middle School in Pinecrest told the Miami Herald on Wednesday that more than 200 students and 24 teachers there are quarantined for two weeks.

— By David Goodhue and Colleen Wright / The Miami Herald

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State May Order Students Back To Classrooms In January

Updated Thursday at 7:21 a.m.

The state of Florida may force all students to return to school buildings in January, even as COVID-19 cases are increasing.

About 37% percent of students in Florida are attending school virtually this year, many because they fear they won’t be safe at school. The state is deciding whether they will continue to have that option after the current semester.

Gov. Ron DeSantis closed school buildings in March as the coronavirus pandemic grew, but he ordered districts to offer the option of in-person learning for the current school year. His order allowing at-home learning will expire Jan. 8.

— By Lisa J. Huriash / The South Florida Sun Sentinel

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