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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds More Than 7,900 New Cases, Surpasses 2.1 Million Mark

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Florida Adds More Than 7,900 New Cases, Surpasses 2.1 Million Mark

Updated Thursday at 3:40 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 7,939 positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday. The state has a total of 2,104,686 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Thursday's update also included the announcement of 84 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 33,906. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 34,562.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 11,338 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 49 deaths due to COVID-19.

— WLRN News

A Doctor Died Weeks After Getting A Vaccine. He Died Of Natural Causes, Medical Examiner Concludes

Updated Thursday at 12:05 p.m.

A Miami doctor who passed away two weeks after getting a COVID-19 vaccine was found to have died from natural causes, according to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office.

Dr. Gregory Michael died from a condition that can cause internal bleeding and there is no medical certainty that the shot caused the disorder, according to an email from Darren Caprara, director of operations for the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.

A day after Dr. Gregory Michael, 56, died not long after receiving his first dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 shot in December, his wife posted on Facebook about his death, saying that he had been “very healthy” before his death. She also said her husband’s death caused her to question the vaccine and its possible side effects.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

— By Andrew Boryga / Sun Sentinel

Miami Beach Ends Curfew After Weeks Of Spring Break Partying, But Some Restrictions Remain

Updated Thursday at 6:20 a.m

After more than two weeks of curfews in Miami Beach due to eventful — at times chaotic — spring break nights, the city will be putting an end to it.

The City of Miami Beach on Tuesday canceled the 8 p.m. curfew imposed each Thursday through Sunday, but other restrictions will take its place.

From April 8 through 12, all sidewalk cafes, including extended outdoor restaurant seating, will be suspended every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the High Impact Zone. The area includes South Beach’s main commercial strips — Ocean Drive, Washington Avenue and Collins Avenue — from Fifth to 16th streets.

— By Devoun Cetoute / The Miami Herald

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.

FEMA Pop-ups Moving To Liberty City And Cutler Bay Again — This Time For Second Doses

Updated Thursday at 6:12 a.m

The federally supported vaccination pop-ups in North Miami Beach and Miami Springs are moving again to Liberty City and Cutler Bay to administer second doses in the final stretch of their run.

The FEMA pop-up sites are at Allen Park Community Center at 1770 NE 162nd St. in North Miami Beach and at the Miami Springs Community Center at 1401 Westward Dr. through 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7.

Then on Thursday, April 8, the “satellite” sites will open at Charles Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50th St. in Liberty City and at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St. in Cutler Bay.

— By Michelle Marchante / The Miami Herald

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