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Coronavirus Live Updates: FEMA Site At MDC North Was Moving To Second Doses Only. That’s Been Postponed

Verónica Zaragovia
A member of the U.S. Army works on COVID-19 vaccines at the FEMA-supported Miami Dade College North Campus site on March 6, 2021.

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FEMA Site At MDC North Was Moving To Second Doses Only. That’s Been Postponed

Updated Monday at 3:15 p.m.

The federally supported site at Miami Dade College North campus will continue to offer first-dose Pfizer shots this week instead of pivoting to second doses only, as was originally announced.

The FEMA pop-up sites that are returning Wednesday to Ronselli Park Youth Center, 250 SW 114th Ave, in Sweetwater and Florida City Youth Activity Center, 650 NW Fifth Ave, will offer only second-dose Pfizer shots.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, which is tasked with the state’s vaccine distribution, announced the changes in a news release Monday. The same rules will also apply to the FEMA-supported sites in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

— By Michelle Marchante / Miami Herald

Florida Adds More Than 2,800 New Cases, 37 New Resident Deaths

Updated Monday at 3 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 2,862 positive cases of COVID-19 Monday. The state has a total of 2,011,211 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Monday's update also included the announcement of 37 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 32,779. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 33,408.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 10,923 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 48 deaths due to COVID-19.

— WLRN News

South Beach Curfew And Causeway Closures Extended For The Rest Of Spring Break

Updated Monday at 5:16 a.m

Curfews and causeway closures to control unruly spring break crowds in South Beach will be extended through April 12, the Miami Beach City Commission unanimously decided Sunday during an emergency meeting.

An 8 p.m. curfew in South Beach’s entertainment district and a 10 p.m. shutdown of the eastbound lanes of the MacArthur, Julia Tuttle and Venetian causeways will remain in effect Thursday through Sunday for the remainder of spring break.

Residents, hotel guests and local business employees are exempt from causeway closures on the MacArthur and Tuttle. The Venetian is resident-only during the causeway shutdown hours, which were initially set at 9 p.m.

— By Martin Vassolo / The Miami Herald

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.