MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

As Florida reels from the medical and economic impact of coronavirus, community health centers across the state are preparing for an influx of new patients on two fronts.


If you’re congested, sneezing, and have watery eyes or a sudden fever, you probably shouldn’t worry about the coronavirus. Understandably, anyone with these symptoms would be concerned. If you’re you're obsessing about the pandemic and feeling anxious, experts say it’s important to remember this is spring allergy season. Colds and the flu are common, and items in your home could trigger your allergies.

February Jobless Rate Already A Distant Memory

Mar 27, 2020

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida’s jobless rate in February was 2.8 percent, but that doesn’t reflect a coronavirus-fueled spike in claims that has overwhelmed the state unemployment-compensation system during the past two weeks.

Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald

When Jesse Uzzell hops in his building elevator or picks up packages at the sprawling 16-acre Flamingo Point condominium in South Beach, he regularly encounters a construction worker.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

I've been self-isolating since I got home from a trip to Grand Bahama, where I was reporting on sea-level rise. I came back through Port Everglades right as it was confirmed there were several COVID-19 cases connected to the port.

Courtesy of Alexandra Chace

Alexandra Chace helped her students’ parents learn how to log on to their children’s online education portals. She worried, though, they might not be able to do it again once they got home.


This post will be updated Friday, March 27 and through the weekend with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.


Labor unions are calling on Governor Ron DeSantis to fix Florida’s unemployment system before a wave of joblessness hits the state.

In a telephone press conference on Thursday, the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union and Unite Here, which combined represent more than a million workers and their families in Florida, say the cumbersome system has been crashing as workers race to apply for benefits. The state’s unemployment office received about 200,000 inquiries just last week.

Ariana Cubillos / AP

Thursday morning the Trump Administration charged the President of Venezuela and top regime officials with corruption and narco-terrorism against the U.S. And a large part of the federal indictments were focused on South Florida.


On this Thursday, March 26, episode of Sundial:

COVID-19 is impacting all aspects of our daily lives like our physical health, financial stability and mental health.

Ted S. Warren / AP

Up until now the only way for most people to get tested for COVID-19 is if you show clear symptoms and have a referral from a medical professional. Either that, or by being a politician, an NBA player or a celebrity.

But a new study done in coordination with the University of Miami and Miami-Dade County plans to change that in a way researchers hope will better help tackle the outbreak.

This post will be updated today with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Joey Flechas / MIAMI HERALD

The city of Miami will enact a 10 p.m. curfew starting Friday night, creating the most severe restrictions yet for the city’s more than 460,000 residents as government leaders push to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

Andre Borges / AP


On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro – the leaders of the two largest countries in the Americas – finished neck-and-neck in their latest race to be more coronavirus-irresponsible than spring-breakers on Miami Beach.

Gregory Tony
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

South Florida counties and cities are asking people to stay home to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. 


But how enforceable is social distancing? WLRN spoke with Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony about where the agency is currently focusing its efforts.