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Coronavirus Live Updates: University Of Miami Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions As Cases Among Students Increase

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The University of Miami campus in Coral Gables.

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University Of Miami Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions As Cases Among Students Increase

Updated Friday at 4 p.m.

University of Miami President Julio Frenk has announced new temporary COVID-19 restrictions in a video message Friday.

He raised concerns about a rise in coronavirus cases among students — including the more contagious U.K. strain.

"All fraternity houses are closed to any and all outside guests," said Frenk. "Large student gatherings or in-person activities will be canceled beginning at noon ... and students should not congregate in groups of more than 10."

In-person learning will continue since there has not been identified spread in classrooms, according to Frenk.

The restrictions began as of Friday evening and will continue until Feb. 16.

According to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard, there has been a total of 638 COVID-19 cases among students, employees and staff since Jan. 4.

— Sherrilyn Cabrera/WLRN News

Florida Adds More Than 11,000 New Cases, 210 New Resident Deaths

Updated Friday at 3:45 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 11,543 positive cases of COVID-19 Friday. Florida has a total of 1,763,873 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Friday's update also included the announcement of 210 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 27,457. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 27,913.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 9,363 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 41 deaths due to COVID-19.

— WLRN News

1,000 COVID-19 Vaccines Available At Miramar Church On Saturday

Updated Thursday at 6:00 a.m

The state will administer 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines Saturday at a Baptist church in Miramar, the city said in a news release.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the state will administer the vaccines at the ChristWay Baptist Church at 3800 S. Douglas Road.

Seniors must call the church at 954-442-7477 to schedule an appointment.

— By Brooke Baitinger / The South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Miami-Dade Launches COVID-19 Vaccination Waiting List — With Some Glitches

Updated Friday at 5:52 a.m

Miami-Dade County launched a waiting list for senior COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday, though the rollout included some website glitches.

Multiple users reported error messages after the county announced the new web portal shortly after 4:30 p.m. Others reported success, receiving confirmation messages from Miami-Dade.

While vaccination doses are mostly restricted to people 65 and over, Miami-Dade is allowing people of all ages to register on the site. A county spokesperson said once someone is in the system, they’ll receive updates as Florida expands eligibility for vaccine injections. People 65 and over will be contacted for appointments as supplies become available, said Rachel Johnson, the county’s communications director.

— By Douglas Hanks / The Miami Herald

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