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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 3,400 New Cases, 36 New Resident Deaths

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People line up to receive a vaccine at Bucky Dent Park in Hialeah on Mar., 15, 2021.

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Florida Adds More Than 3,400 New Cases, 36 New Resident Deaths

Updated Monday at 3:15 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 3,480 positive cases of COVID-19 Monday. The state has a total of 2,085,306 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Monday's update also included the announcement of 36 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 33,710. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 34,364.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 11,290 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 49 deaths due to COVID-19.

— WLRN News

Miami-Dade’s Midnight Curfew Will Be Lifted Next Week, County Mayor Announces

Updated Monday at 2:50 p.m.

Miami-Dade County’s midnight curfew will be lifted the night of April 12, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Monday.

At a press conference, Levine Cava said her administration considered all available data in deciding to lift the countywide COVID-19 curfew and roll out a new set of guidelines meant to help businesses stem the spread of the virus while getting back to work. Beginning the evening of April 12 — more than 9 months after the curfew was first put in place — businesses in Miami-Dade County can operate past midnight.

Even though the COVID test positivity rate has not reached a benchmark Levine Cava had previously set to lift the curfew, the mayor and her team said the decreasing number of people needing critical care treatment and increasing vaccination availability influenced her decision.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

— Aaron Leibowitz and Joey Flechas / Miami Herald

A Walk-Up COVID Vaccine Site In Hialeah, Scheduled To Close Saturday, Will Be Open Monday

Updated Monday at 9:30 a.m.

The COVID vaccination site at Hialeah’s Babcock Park, a four-day popup site that opened last Wednesday, has had its run extended by at least one day.

The site at 651 E. Fourth Ave. in Hialeah — four blocks west of LeJeune Road and two blocks south of Northwest 62nd Street — will be open at 9 a.m. Monday, April 5, the city announced.

As with the other Hialeah site, Bucky Dent Park, 2250 W. 60th St., the Babcock Park is a walk-up site with the Pfizer vaccine. But the Babcock Park site was only a 200-shot per day site while the Bucky Dent Park site is a 400-shot per day site. Bucky Dent Park also opens at 9 a.m.

— By David J. Neal / The Miami Herald

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.

Proposed South Beach 2 A.M. Last Call Unpopular Among Club Owners, Resident-Activists

Updated Monday at 6:15 a.m.

A proposal to ban alcohol sales after 2 a.m. in South Beach either goes too far or not far enough, depending on whom you ask.

Moving up last call from 5 a.m. — which Mayor Dan Gelber proposed Tuesday amid fallout from a challenging spring break — would effectively impose a “death sentence” on Miami Beach’s world-famous nightlife scene, said attorney Steve Polisar, who represents several bars and restaurants on Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue.

The city should use a scalpel, not a sledgehammer, to cure what ails South Beach, he said.

— By Martin Vassolo / The Miami Herald

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.