Coronavirus Live Updates: Miami-Dade Mayor Levine Cava Tests Positive For COVID-19
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Miami-Dade Mayor Levine Cava Tests Positive For COVID-19
Updated Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Monday that she tested positive for the coronavirus.
The newly-elected mayor said — in a series of tweets Monday evening — that she and her husband, Dr. Robert Cava, tested positive after he was exposed to the virus by a patient last Wednesday.
Mayor Levine Cava said she and her husband are quarantining at home and experiencing mild symptoms.
The announcement of her positive test comes less than a week after U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, her predecessor in the mayoral seat, announced that he and his wife tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier today I tested positive for COVID-19, after learning that my husband, Dr. Robert Cava, was exposed by one of his patients last Wednesday; he also tested positive today. Rob and I are quarantining at home. We both remain in good spirits and have only mild symptoms.— Daniella Levine Cava (@MayorDaniella) November 30, 2020
— Lance Dixon / WLRN News
Florida Adds More Than 6,600 New Cases, Moves Just Short Of One Million Mark
Updated Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Florida moved just short of one million positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 6,659 cases of COVID-19 Monday. Florida has a total of 999,319 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.
Monday's update also included the announcement of 97 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 18,597. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 18,834.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 7,193 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 27 deaths due to COVID-19.
— WLRN News
Keys Commissioner Says He’s Improving After Being Hospitalized With COVID-19
Updated Monday at 3:35 p.m.
Monroe County Commissioner Craig Cates says he is improving after being hospitalized with COVID-19.
“We have a long road of recovery but won’t stop fighting,” Cates posted on his Facebook page.
Earlier this month, Cates, his wife, Cheryl, and their daughter Crystal were airlifted from Lower Keys Medical Center to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, all ill with the novel coronavirus.
Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.
— Gwen Filosa / The Miami Herald
Jupiter's New Outdoor Dining Plan Causing Problems, Tensions For Town, Businesses
Updated Monday at 7:11 a.m.
A month into Jupiter's plan allowing restaurants to expand outdoor seating during the coronavirus pandemic, the town manager and local business leaders say things are faring poorly.
In a Nov. 20 memo to Jupiter Town Council members, Town Manager Matt Benoit wrote that two businesses that have expanded outdoor seating — Harbourside Place and Double Roads Tavern, both on U.S. 1 near Indiantown Road — were violating town rules because they hadn't secured formal approval to do so.
Harbourside says the complex doesn't plan on applying for such approval because the resolution doesn't do enough to help businesses, while the situation at Double Roads has aggravated a yearslong parking dispute between neighboring shopping plazas.
Read more from our news partner at The Palm Beach Post.
— By Sam Howard / The Palm Beach Post
Smile! Broward Virtual Students Must Turn On Cameras During Classes
Updated Monday at 7:08 a.m.
The Broward School District has decided virtual instruction should also be face-to-face.
Starting after the Thanksgiving break, students learning remotely in most Broward schools must turn on their cameras during class, or risk being marked absent. Some teachers have already instructed students to do this for months, but they lacked any way to enforce it.
The new policy, passed last week by the School Board, is designed to make students more engaged in class, reduce the chance of cheating and ensure they’re actually in class.
Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel.
— By Scott Travis / The South Florida Sun Sentinel