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Coronavirus Live Updates: Vaccine Site At Miami Dade College North Isn’t Shutting Down After All

Verónica Zaragovia
People lined up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at Miami Dade College North Campus on March 6, 2021

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Vaccine Site At Miami Dade College North Isn’t Shutting Down After All

Updated Thursday at 4:10 p.m.

The federally supported vaccination site at Miami Dade College North campus will not shut down next week after all. Instead, the site will be under new management as Miami-Dade County takes over.

Miami Dade College spokesman Juan Mendieta confirmed the change on Thursday to the Miami Herald. And there’s another thing new: The walk-up site will also offer drive-through vaccinations, he said.

FEMA will continue administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and second-dose Pfizer shots at the site daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Tuesday, May 25. The site will then open again on Wednesday, May 26, but will be operated by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Mendieta said.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

— By Michelle Marchante / Miami Herald

Florida Adds More Than 2,800 New Cases, All-Time Case Total Surpasses 2.3 Million

Updated Thursday at 3:20 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 2,893 positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday. The state has a total of 2,302,489 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Thursday update also included the announcement of 76 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 36,347. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 37,076.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 12,224 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 49 deaths due to COVID-19.

— WLRN News

Air & Sea Show Returns To Miami Beach For Memorial Day Weekend With New COVID Rules

Updated Thursday at 5:50 a.m.

After being canceled last year due to COVID-19, the Hyundai Air & Sea Show will return to South Beach next weekend with its trademark military demonstrations — but without its annual concert and fireworks display.

The Memorial Day Weekend event, which runs May 29-30, will feature military flyovers and parachute launches, extreme-sport demonstrations on land and sea, and interactive military exhibits with photo opportunities.

Teams from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection will perform simulated training exercises. Pilots steering Air Force fighter jets, bombers, transport planes and helicopters will soar through the South Beach skies. Parachute squads from the U.S. Army and British Army will float in from overhead.

— By Martin Vassolo / The Miami Herald

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald

Mass COVID Testing Sites In Palm Beach County Will Close This Week

Updated Thursday at 5:45 a.m.

In another sign that the nation is slowly recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, government-run testing centers will close in Palm Beach County and throughout the state this week.

The mass testing site at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, which opened in March 2020, will swab its last nose on Saturday.

On Friday, two testing centers in Boca, one at Town Center mall and the other at Florida Atlantic University, will close.

— By Jane Musgrave / The Palm Beach Post

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Marlins Update LoanDepot Park Mask Policy And Plan For Full Capacity. The Details

Updated Thursday at 5:42 a.m.

Fans will no longer have to wear masks when attending Miami Marlins home games, following in line with updated recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for those who are fully vaccinated from COVID-19.

In an email sent to fans Wednesday, the club announced that, beginning with Friday’s home game against the New York Mets, those in attendance at loanDepot park “will not be required to wear masks or facial coverings while attending events at loanDepot park; however, non-vaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to adhere to the face covering recommendations of the CDC.” Event staff will continue to wear face coverings “until further notice.”

The Marlins also plan to remove pod seating and allow 100 percent capacity at the 36,742-seat stadium beginning on July 5. The stadium is limited to about a 27-percent capacity right now. Ticket information for games after the month of June will be released at a later date.

— By Jordan McPherson/ The Miami Herald

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