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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 8,000 New Cases, 153 New Resident Deaths

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An American Medical Response health worker holds a test swab at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Holiday Park, 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive in Fort Lauderdale, last April.

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Florida Adds More Than 8,000 New Cases, 153 New Resident Deaths

Updated Monday at 4:45 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 8,720 positive cases of COVID-19 Monday. Florida has a total of 1,658,169 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Monday's update also included the announcement of 153 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 25,446. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 25,849.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 8,915 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 39 deaths due to COVID-19.

— WLRN News

More COVID Vaccines Coming To The Keys, Health Leaders Say — But It Won’t Meet Demand

Updated Monday at 12:35 p.m.

Monroe County is expected to receive another 600 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in coming weeks, according to Monroe County’s top health official.

Bob Eadie, administrator of the Florida Department of Health in the Keys, said Monday that officials in the island chain, as well as businesses like Publix, have developed systems to vaccinate a large number of people — but the supply isn’t coming fast enough.

“We have the logistics set up. We have the manpower. We’re just lacking a reliable source of the vaccine,” Eadie said during a conference call with Emergency Management and other county officials.

Read more at FL Keys News.

— David Goodhue / FL Keys News

Looking For COVID-19 Vaccines At Holiday Park? The Site Will Soon Change Locations

Updated Monday at 8:01 a.m

The Holiday Park COVID-19 vaccination site will be closed next week and moved to a different spot in Fort Lauderdale, health officials say.

Starting Jan. 26, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County will be moving vaccine administration from Holiday Park to Snyder Park, 3299 SW Fourth Ave. On Saturday, there will no longer be vaccines at Holiday Park.

Vaccinations will still be appointment only, which can be made by calling 866-201-6313 for seniors 65 and older. The hearing impaired can call 833-476-1526.

— By Devoun Cetoute / The Miami Herald

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First, Miami Heat Used Dogs To Help Fight COVID. FIU Will Soon Use Them Too.

Updated Monday at 5:34 a.m

Florida International University will soon have a new line of defense against COVID-19 — a quartet of dogs.

Cobra, One Betta, Hubble and Mac have been trained by FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute to detect the smell of COVID-19.

“We need to fight this thing on all fronts,” said Director DeEtta Mills. “And this is one way that we can ask our four-legged friends to help us because their keen sense of smell is so much more accurate...and they can smell out this virus.”

— By Carli Teproff and Anthony Chiang / The Miami Herald

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