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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 6,200 New Cases, Resident Death Toll Surpasses 29,000


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Florida Adds More Than 6,200 New Cases, Resident Death Toll Surpasses 29,000

Updated Tuesday at 3:05 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 6,297 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. Florida has a total of 1,837,285 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Tuesday's update also included the announcement of 220 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 29,154. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 29,659.

— WLRN News

Publix Pauses New Vaccine Appointments Due To Winter Storm Delays

Updated Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

As winter storms cause COVID vaccine shipping delays, Publix canceled Wednesday’s scheduling event in Florida for vaccinations at its nearly 600 pharmacies where the shots are distributed.

The delays affect other South Florida vaccination sites, too.

Publix said appointments already scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday are not impacted by this change. Publix has three scheduling events per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Monday, Publix booked 16,000 appointments for seniors across the state, which will occur as scheduled.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

— Cindy Krischer Goodman / Sun Sentinel

Palm Beach County Vaccinations Will Be Delayed Because Of Snows; Publix Appointments Won't Be Affected

Updated Tuesday at 5:38 a.m

With snow blanketing much of the country, shipments of the coronavirus vaccine won’t arrive in Palm Beach County on Tuesday as planned, said Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the county’s state-run health department.

While those with appointments at Publix or those who are scheduled to receive second doses through county health agencies won’t be affected, there will be a significant slowdown in the number of seniors who will get a first shot, Alonso said on Monday.

Since the county’s independent Health Care District won’t receive the nearly 5,000 doses it was promised, it won’t be able to administer first shots of the vaccine until shipments resume, she said.

— By Jane Musgrave / The Palm Beach Post

Read more from our news partner at The Palm Beach Post.