Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 8,400 New Cases, 210 New Resident Deaths
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Florida Adds More Than 8,400 New Cases, 210 New Resident Deaths
Updated Wednesday at 3:50 p.m.
Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 8,408 positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. Florida has a total of 1,676,171 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.
Wednesday's update also included the announcement of 210 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 25,833. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 26,249.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 8,969 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 40 deaths due to COVID-19.
— WLRN News
Miami To Receive $14 Million From Federal Government To Help People Pay Rent
Updated Wednesday at 6:00 a.m
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded the city of Miami $14 million to help people pay rent and utilities under a federal COVID-19 relief program.
Congress approved a $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program as part of a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill in late December. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced the $14 million allocation for Miami during his annual state of the city address in which he acknowledged the need for immediate relief for suffering Miamians while forecasting economic recovery through attracting new and existing businesses to thrive in Miami.
Commissioners are expected to discuss the details and vote on a process to disburse the money on Thursday at City Hall. Past rent assistance programs have been limited to people who live inside Miami city limits.
— By Joey Flechas / The Miami Herald
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COVID: More Than 100 Test Positive At Palm Beach County Jails In Last Two Weeks
Updated Wednesday at 5:55 a.m
In the past two weeks, more than 100 people housed in Palm Beach County's jails have tested positive for the coronavirus, and more than a third of the jail population is in quarantine, according to records from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
This is the largest spike in cases at either the main jail or west detention center in Belle Glade since testing began in late spring 2020.
The rise in cases comes as the Palm Beach County courts have restarted criminal jury trials after a hiatus due to increased positivity rates of the virus in the county and as the world hit a new milestone of more than 100 million positive cases.
— By Hannah Winston / The Palm Beach Post
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