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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 11,000 New Cases, All-Time Case Total Surpasses 1.6 Million

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A nurse vaccinates environmetal services worker Gustavo Lazo early Wednesday morning as Baptist Health began administering the first COVID-19 vaccines for its front-line healthcare workers in Miami, Florida, on Dec. 16, 2020.

This post will be updated today, Wednesday, Jan. 20, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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Florida Adds More Than 11,000 New Cases, All-Time Case Total Surpasses 1.6 Million

Updated Wednesday at 4:25 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 11,914 positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. Florida has a total of 1,601,011 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Wednesday's update also included the announcement of 142 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 24,578. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 24,965.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 8,689 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 37 deaths due to COVID-19.

— WLRN News

Publix Is Fully Booked For COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Updated Wednesday at 7:58 a.m.

All 18 Florida counties offering COVID-19 vaccines at Publix pharmacies have been fully booked.

The supermarket chain's website said Wednesday morning that all available appointments at select locations have been claimed.

Eligible customers can start signing up for vaccine appointments again starting Friday, Jan. 22, after 6 a.m. EST.

The earliest slot for vaccine appointments is Saturday, Jan. 23.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that 242 Publix pharmacies would be offering doses of the vaccine for seniors across the state.

Of those approved pharmacies, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that 67 are offering shots in Palm Beach County and two others in Monroe County.

—By WLRN News

Amid Statewide Shortage, Baptist Health Cancels Scheduled First-dose COVID Vaccines

Updated Wednesday at 6:00 a.m

Baptist Health announced Tuesday that due to restraints on the COVID-19 vaccine supply, all first-dose vaccinations booked for Jan. 20 and later are canceled. No new appointments will be taken.

Second-dose appointments are not affected, as required by the vaccine’s emergency use authorization.

“I could have blown the top of my head off with steam,” said Charlotte Reeve, 76, of Davie, who had her appointment canceled. “I’m also a fairly recent widow. To me, having to be locked up in my house alone is just devastating to me ... I feel like I just got cut off at the knees, again.

— By Samantha J. Gross / The Miami Herald

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What Are The Do’s And Don’ts To Get PPP Funding During COVID? Free Webinar To Discuss

Updated Wednesday at 5:54 a.m

Miami business leaders are hosting a free virtual panel on Thursday to discuss what businesses can do to get their second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans.

The free webinar, “Latest Round of PPP Loans: What You Need to Know to Get Funded,” will run from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and will answer questions business owners have about the more than $284 billion program.

The forgivable loans are backed by the U.S. government and are meant to be an incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. It was part of a $900 billion pandemic relief bill Congress passed last month.

— By Michelle Marchante / The Miami Herald

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