Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 17,000 New Cases, Surpasses 1.4 Million All-Time Cases
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Florida Adds More Than 17,000 New Cases, Surpasses 1.4 Million All-Time Cases
Updated Wednesday at 4:50 p.m.
Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 17,783 positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. Florida has a total of 1,409,906 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.
Wednesday's update also included the announcement of 129 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 22,317. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 22,647.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 8,073 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 35 deaths due to COVID-19.
— WLRN News
Las Olas Art Fair Will Go On This Weekend Despite Surge In Cases
Updated Wednesday at 10:45 a.m.
FORT LAUDERDALE — There’s one tradition the pandemic won’t be taking away: The Las Olas Art Fair.
The popular event will take over five city blocks this weekend after promising to follow COVID-19 safety protocols and getting a green light from both county and city officials.
Las Olas Association, the festival’s organizer, has vowed to ensure each person who attends wears a mask. Tents will be spaced 6 feet apart, and hand sanitizer readily available.
Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
— Susannah Bryan / Sun Sentinel
Hard Rock Stadium Will Convert To Offer COVID Vaccinations
Updated Wednesday at 10:35 a.m.
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens will be the first state-run COVID-19 testing location that will convert into a site where seniors and front-line healthcare workers can get vaccinated.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office confirmed Tuesday evening that the Miami-Dade site will be the first of several state-supported testing sites that have been identified to become vaccination sites in the near future.
“Miami Hard Rock is the first site for this new initiative as the governor and his administration continue with proactive efforts to ensure the vaccine is administered as quickly as possible,” DeSantis spokeswoman Meredith Beatrice said in a statement.
Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.
— Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald