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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida COVID-19 Cases Increase By Over 10,000, Deaths Increase By 112

Al Diaz
Miami Herald

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Florida COVID-19 Cases Increase By Over 10,000, Deaths Increase By 112

Updated Wednesday at 11:10 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health confirmed an additional 10,181 cases on Wednesday. The state has a total of 301,810 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Wednesday's update included 112 new deaths. Total statewide number of deaths increased to 4,521. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County make up 2,300 of the reported deaths. Monroe County has 6 reported deaths due to COVID-19.

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Broward County Likely To Start School Year Online

Updated Wednesday at 6:40 a.m.

Broward schools plan to open Aug. 19 with virtual classes only, barring a dramatic decline in COVID-19 infections, Superintendent Robert Runcie said.

The announcement, which School Board members supported Tuesday, follows a similar decision last week by the Palm Beach County School Board. Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho also has said his district won’t reopen until his county reaches Phase 2 of reopening.

The three South Florida counties are still in Phase 1 and won’t move to Phase 2 until after two weeks of declining cases.

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

- Scott Travis/South Florida Sun Sentinel


Palm Beach County To Close Restaurants At 11 p.m.

Updated Wednesday at 6:40 a.m.

Officials of Palm Beach County announced Tuesday an order that will require restaurants and other businesses to close daily from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as cases in South Florida continue to rise.

The new restrictions will begin on Thursday. Take out and delivery will still be allowed.

- WLRN News


Juvenile Justice COVID-19 Infections Top 300

Updated Wednesday at 6:40 a.m.


Florida’s juvenile-justice system has topped 300 cases of COVID-19, with 152 youths and 152 workers testing positive, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The numbers of cases have steadily increased in recent weeks, with the totals up from 136 youths and 134 workers infected on Thursday. Palm Beach Youth Academy has had the most youth cases, with 21, according to Tuesday’s numbers.

It is followed by the Okeechobee Juvenile Offender Corrections Center maximum-risk facility, with 17 cases, and the Okeechobee Youth Development Center and Redwood Youth Academy, each with 16 cases.

The department said 69 of the 152 youths who have tested positive are no longer in medical isolation. Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center has had the most worker cases, with 15.

It is followed by the Palm Beach Youth Academy, with 14 cases, and the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center, with 12 cases. The department said 57 of the 152 employees who have tested positive have been medically cleared to return to work.

“All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider,” the department said in a news release. “Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.”

- News Service of Florida