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Coronavirus Live Updates: State Reports Steep Drop In Hospitalizations With COVID On Sunday

The Miami Herald
International student/athlete Nils Buecheler, 20, left, gets his vaccination shot by UF pharmacy student Jason Rodriguez, right, at the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center in Miami, Florida. On Thursday, April15, 2021, Jackson launched a COVID-19 vaccination initiative with colleges and universities in Miami-Dade County, which include Barry University, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Miami Dade College and University of Miami. Through this partnership, students who are Florida residents, as well as out-of-state and international students, are allowed to sign up for a COVID vaccine appointment via our online portal.

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State reports 25% Drop In People Hospitalized With COVID In One Day

A statistical cliff dive in current hospitalizations, one of the most reliable indicators of COVID-19 spread, overshadowed the Florida Department of Health’s daily COVID-19 dashboard report.

The Agency for Health Care Administration reported 2,455 people in Florida hospitals with a primary COVID-19 diagnosis, almost 25% less than Saturday.

Sunday is usually the day with the lowest case numbers and death toll because data tends to be collected and entered at a lower rate on the weekends. This Sunday’s report said there were 4,671 new COVID-19 cases, 36 residents and one non-resident whose death was caused by COVID-19.

— David J. Neal / Miami Herald

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Two COVID Vaccine Pop-Ups In Miami Beach Will Soon Offer First-Dose Pfizer Shots

Updated Friday at 6:00 a.m.

More COVID-19 vaccine sites are coming to Miami Beach — but the pop-ups will only offer first dose Pfizer shots.

Miami Beach Commissioner David Richardson will be hosting two sites at North Shore Park, 501 72nd Street, and South Shore Community Center, 833 Sixth Street.

The North Shore Park pop-up will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 23, to Sunday, April 25. The South Shore Community Center site will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 26. Both sites may close earlier if vaccines run out.

— By Devoun Cetoute / The Miami Herald

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11 Area Youth Centers To Receive Free Internet Service To Boost Education Efforts

Updated Friday at 5:51 a.m.

Eleven community centers in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are receiving free internet service from Comcast Corp. to support online learning and educational activities on their premises.

The centers, ranging from Delray Beach to Vero Beach and west to Pahokee, are getting the internet service free of charge through the company’s “lift zones” program, which aims to help needy children continue their education during the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced Thursday.

Most of the centers already had paid internet service, Comcast said, but will now receive it free of charge through the program. In some cases, the new service enhances the centers’ ability to accommodate many children at once.

— By Andrew Marra / The Palm Beach Post

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Need A Ride For A COVID Shot? Uber Offering Free Trips To Miami-Dade Vaccine Sites

Updated Friday at 5:50 a.m.

People without cars can now book a free Uber ride if they pre-register to get their COVID-19 vaccination at Miami-Dade County-run sites Tropical Park, Zoo Miami and Homestead Sports Complex.

It’s part of a new partnership among Miami-Dade County, the United Way and Uber’s 10 Million Free Rides campaign to make it easier for people to get a shot.

The rideshare company is donating 21,000 rides, Miami-Dade County spokeswoman Rachel Johnson told the Miami Herald on Thursday. She said it’s part of the county’s efforts to remove barriers and increase vaccine access — particularly for those who live in underserved communities or don’t have reliable transportation.

— By Michelle Marchante / The Miami Herald

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