Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 5,300 New Cases, 41 New Resident Deaths
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Florida Adds More Than 5,300 New Cases, 41 New Resident Deaths
Updated Tuesday at 3:50 p.m.
Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 5,302 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. The state has a total of 2,016,513 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.
Tuesday's update also included the announcement of 41 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 32,820. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 33,449.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 10,947 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 48 deaths due to COVID-19.
— WLRN News
FEMA Pop-ups Are Moving To Sweetwater, Florida City Again. Second Doses Only
Updated Tuesday at 11:25 a.m.
The federally-supported vaccination pop-ups are on the move again and will be returning to Sweetwater and Florida City Wednesday to administer second doses.
Tuesday is the last day you can get your first-dose Pfizer shot at Charles Hadley Park in Liberty City and at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. The sites will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The FEMA pop-ups will then reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Ronselli Park Youth Center, 250 SW 114th Ave. in Sweetwater, and Florida City Youth Activity Center, 650 NW Fifth Ave.
Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.
— By Michelle Marchante / Miami Herald
Royal Caribbean Announces Return To Cruising This Summer — From The Bahamas
Updated Tuesday at 6:00 a.m
It’s the news cruise enthusiasts have been awaiting for a year: Royal Caribbean International has announced it will again sail from North America this summer.
Well, technically. Actually, the cruise line says it will be running a schedule of seven-day sailings aboard its Adventure of the Seas ship from Nassau, Bahamas.
Travelers will have to fly or find a separate water service to Nassau. Onboard capacity will be reduced. Health protocols will be in place, including mask wearing and social distancing except when sitting in restaurants or on beaches. Violations of mask-wearing rules in the Bahamas could result in a $200 fine or 30 days in prison, according to that nation’s protocols.
— By Ron Hurtibise / The South Florida Sun Sentinel
Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Health Care District Has A Secret, Faster Vaccine Scheduling Website
Updated Tuesday at 5:55 a.m
While many Palm Beach County residents are waiting patiently to receive an email so they can make an appointment to receive a coronavirus vaccine, others have found a way to breeze by them in line.
A website that isn’t publicized by the county’s health care district allows people to book appointments directly to get shots at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Burns Road Community Center or the South County Civic Center.
Robin Kish, a spokeswoman for the tax-funded district, initially said she didn’t know about the website, which can be found at https://bit.ly/3lJxAK3.
— By Jane Musgrave / The Palm Beach Post
Read more from our news partner at The Palm Beach Post.