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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 9,800 New Cases, Broward Death Toll Approaches 2,000

The South Florida Sun Sentinel

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

WLRN staff continues to add to community resource lists, including this article on where kids and families can get food while schools are closed, and this post about whether and where to get tested for coronavirus.

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Florida Adds More Than 9,800 New Cases, Broward Death Toll Approaches 2,000

Updated Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 9,816 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. Florida has a total of 1,589,097 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Tuesday's update also included the announcement of 162 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 24,436. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 24,820.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 8,671 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 37 deaths due to COVID-19.

— WLRN News

All 67 Publix Pharmacies In Palm Beach County Will Offer Seniors COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated Tuesday at 10:02 a.m.

All 67 Publix pharmacies in Palm Beach County will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 and older, part of a partnership that is already underway elsewhere in the state.

Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement Monday and said it will be by appointment only and walk-ins will be turned away.

“We’re going to continue to put seniors first,” he said, saying the majority of the senior population in Palm Beach County lives close to a Publix. The county is now the latest among a handful of Florida counties to offer the vaccine, and it’s a location seniors have struggled to find a place to get a spot in line.

— By Lisa Huriash / The South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Can A Miami Patient Get The COVID Vaccine In Broward? Is Florida Residency Required?

Updated Tuesday at 5:45 a.m

Do you need to be a Florida resident to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida? Can you only get it in the county in which you live? And what about snowbirds? Can those part-time residents from up North get their shots in the Sunshine State?

Florida’s answer is clear: Federal rules bar residency restrictions. That means a Miami-Dade or Keys resident can get the vaccine in Broward County or vice versa. You could also drive up to Orlando, Tampa or Tallahassee to get one. Snowbirds can get it, too. So can foreigners who travel to Miami or another part of Florida.

Securing a vaccine appointment in South Florida isn’t easy. Frustrated seniors have spent hours on busy phone lines and crashed websites. Those who book an appointment sometimes have to wait hours in line to get their injection.

— By Michelle Marchante / The Miami Herald

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As Many Black Floridians Die, Very Little COVID Vaccine Gets To Them

Updated Tuesday at 5:41 a.m

Black Floridians have accounted for less than 5 percent of the more than 775,000 residents who got the first doses of coronavirus vaccine, state figures show, intensifying concerns that wariness of the vaccine coupled with uneven distribution of it are further marring a rollout in the Sunshine State that has largely been panned.

State Department of Health figures through Thursday, the first demographic snapshot of initial vaccine recipients, don’t specifically include Hispanics, a stunning omission given that they account for more than a quarter of the state’s population.

As is the case across the country, COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, has brought disproportionate suffering to Hispanics in Florida. Hispanics, 26.4 percent of the state's population, accounted for 31.4 percent of those hospitalized, recent DOH figures show.

— By Wayne Washington and Chris Persaud / The Palm Beach Post

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