Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 7,000 New Cases, 160 New Resident Deaths
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Florida Adds More Than 7,000 New Cases, 160 New Resident Deaths
Updated Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 7,522 positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. Florida has a total of 1,798,280 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.
Wednesday's update also included the announcement of 160 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 28,208. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 28,691.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 9,558 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 42 deaths due to COVID-19.
— WLRN News
Miami Hotels Are Offering On-Site COVID-19 Testing To Guests And Staff To Eliminate Hassle
Updated Wednesday at 6:12 a.m
With South Florida’s critical tourism economy still struggling, an increasing number of Miami hotels are trying to eliminate one pandemic travel hassle — getting a COVID test.
Hospitality brand sbe is now offering on-site tests at its four Miami properties, following the W South Beach in January. The PCR test option is available with a 24-hour turn around at all hotels, the companies said, and sbe is also offering rapid antigen and antibody tests.
The shift to on-site hotel testing comes as at least 22 states and municipalities across the country have testing or quarantine requirements for travelers, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is requiring travelers entering the U.S. from overseas to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The CDC warns all U.S. residents against travel, even domestic, as it increases the chance of contracting COVID-19.
Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.
— By Taylor Dolven / The Miami Herald
American Airlines Plans To Cut More Than 1,000 Workers At Miami Airport
Updated Wednesday at 6:06 a.m
American Airlines intends to furlough and lay off 1,068 employees at Miami International Airport in April after federal aid to the industry expires March 31, according to a filing with the state of Florida made public Tuesday.
The furloughs are part of a wider system-wide move to cut 13,000 employees from the workforce as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hound the nation’s airline industry by keeping wary travelers off commercial airliners.
American’s filing made no mention of its employees at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport.
Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel.
— By David Lyons / The South Florida Sun Sentinel