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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida COVID-19 Cases Over 69,000, Biggest Surge Since March

David Santiago
Miami Herald

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Florida Coronavirus Cases Over 69,000

Updated Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

In the latest Florida Department of Health numbers cases jumped by 1,698, the biggest jump since March. The total number of COVID-19 cases was 69,069 as of Thursday morning. 

The total number of deaths increased by 47, with a state total of 2,848. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County make up 1,556 of the reported deaths. Monroe County has had five reported deaths due to COVID-19.

- WLRN News

Florida Quietly Reschedules Unemployment Payments

Updated Thursday, 7 a.m.

With no apparent notice, the state of Florida has reverted to a system of paying benefits to the unemployed every other week, at a time when thousands of people have also seen their federal benefits come to a halt.

State Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, said the change from weekly payments took most people by surprise because it was not announced in advance.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “They didn’t give us a head’s up that they were going biweekly. ... People thought they were being cut off when they weren’t being cut off.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Employment Opportunity said the agency has traditionally paid benefits biweekly but had gone to a weekly system to help cope with the pandemic emergency .

To read more, visit our news partner at the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

- Caroline Glenn and David Lyons/Sun Sentinel

School Twice A Week Considered For Palm Beach And Broward

Updated Thursday, 7 a.m.

Broward County and Palm Beach County school districts have working plans for reopening in the fall.

So far, the plan includes continued distance learning and to improve the online experience. But, they will give the option for in-person learning.

The districts are considering a plan where half of students attend classes in-person two days a week, while the other half continues distance learning. The students will then switch from either in-person or remote learning the other two days. One day out of the week would be for cleaning, with no students.

- WLRN News