Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 2,800 New Cases, 94 New Resident Deaths
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Florida Adds More Than 2,800 New Cases, 94 New Resident Deaths
Updated Tuesday at 4:45 p.m.
Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 2,805 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. The state has a total of 2,296,785 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.
Tuesday update also included the announcement of 94 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 36,227. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 36,954.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 12,186 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 49 deaths due to COVID-19.
— WLRN News
Your Condo Building Still Can Require Masks And Much More. Here’s What Associations May Enforce
Updated Tuesday at 6:04 a.m.
For more than a year, condo associations had to become COVID-19 traffic cops for hundreds of thousands of Floridians in high-rises and sprawling complexes. They had to enforce the use of masks, social distancing and rules for pools and other public spaces.
Now the state of Florida has enforcement out of the hands of local governments, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased guidance for vaccinated people. The landscape has changed for these voluntary governing organizations.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reached out to local experts to determine how much power condo associations still have over their residents.
Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel
— By David Lyons / The South Florida Sun Sentinel
Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival Is Back (And Other LGBTQ+ Events)
Updated Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.
Around this time last year, South Florida’s LGBTQ+ community was frantically changing plans for Pride Month festivities as the coronavirus pandemic cast a shadow on sunny summertime events around the world.
Usually held in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in gay and lesbian history, organizations here eventually pooled their resources and managed to pull off a virtual livestream version in May.
But the inaugural ambitious Pride of the Americas festival, which was expected to draw hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ people from 35 countries in the Caribbean as well as the South and North Americas, was nixed entirely a mere six weeks before it was to take place at various venues throughout Broward County after years of planning.
Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel.
— By Rod Stafford Hagwood / The South Florida Sun Sentinel