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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 6,700 New Cases, 69 New Resident Deaths

Esteban Felix
An elderly man receives his first COVID-19 vaccine dose two months ago in Santiago, Chile, the country with Latin America's highest vaccination rate so far.

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Florida Adds More Than 6,700 New Cases, 69 New Resident Deaths

Updated Thursday at 2:55 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 6,790 positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday.

The state has a total of 2,064,525 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Thursday's update also included the announcement of 69 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 33,494. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 34,143.

— WLRN News

Ultra Music Festival, Miami Sued Over Withholding Ticket Holders’ Refunds

Updated Thursday at 7:00 a.m.

The promoters behind Ultra Music Festival and the city of Miami were sued Wednesday over allegations that ticket holders who bought tickets for the 2020 festival, which was canceled due to the pandemic, were deceived about getting refunds.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, contends that Event Entertainment Group, the company behind Ultra, promised ticket holders who bought tickets for the March 20-22, 2020, festival — right when the pandemic was hitting Florida — that in lieu of a refund, their tickets could be transferred to the 2021 or 2022 versions of the festival.

In January, Ultra said it was canceling its 2021 festival and was rescheduling it to 2022.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.

— By Devoun Cetoute / The Miami Herald

Looking For A J&J Vaccine At Publix? You’ll Need To Wait To Book Until After Easter

Updated Thursday at 6:50 a.m

Publix won’t be opening its online portal Wednesday for Easter weekend vaccination appointments.

The Lakeland-based grocery chain usually books Johnson & Johnson appointments on Wednesdays for the weekend. Publix stores are closed on Easter Sunday.

So, when’s the next time you can schedule a shot?

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.

— By Michelle Marchante / The Miami Herald

Palm Beach County Jail Inmates To Get Vaccines

Updated Thursday at 6:47 a.m

A special coronavirus vaccination clinic, similar to ones that have been held for school teachers, seniors and church-goers throughout the state, is coming to the Palm Beach County jail.

While details are sketchy, the county’s health director said Wednesday that a state strike team is planning to vaccinate jail inmates.

Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the county’s state run health department, revealed plans for the inmate vaccination program hours before Gov. Ron DeSantis said vaccine supplies will dramatically increase next week.

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

— By Jane Musgrave / The Palm Beach Post