Caitie Switalski

Reporter

Caitie Switalski graduated from the University of Florida, with a B.S. in Journalism, in April '17.

Her radio reporting has taken her to Havana, Cuba, California, Tallahassee, Gainesville, and South Florida. She was an intern at WLRN the summer of 2016.

In July of 2017, Caitie placed third in the Hearst Broadcasting national Competition, in San Francisco, CA. She's worked for WFSU-FM in Tallahassee as an intern and reporter. While at school, she gained anchoring experience for local Morning Edition at WUFT-FM, as well as a digital editing.

When she's not following what's happening all over Broward County, you can catch Caitie lounging in local coffee shops, at the beach, or watching Love Actually for the hundredth time.

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Unemployment claims in Florida surged to 227,000 for the week ending March 28, according to the latest statistics on Thursday from the U.S. Department of Labor.

For many of the people who've lost jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic, getting through the state's unemployment system hasn't just been difficult, it's felt impossible.

Zaandam
Holland America / WLRN

Two Holland America cruise ships, the Zaandam and Rotterdam, are in the process of docking and clearing passengers at Port Everglades.

There are are total of 13 people with COVID-19 (10 on the Zaandam and three on the Rotterdam) who are listed in the plan as needing critical care, according to the final plan. Only the most critical will be taken to hospitals in the Broward Health System, a spokesperson confirmed to WLRN. 

Fairway Memorial Gardens
Courtesy of Keith Epstein

Our new social distancing society is important for all of our safety during the coronavirus outbreak, but it obviously makes a lot of little things we're used to in our daily lives harder. It also makes big things harder: birthday parties, weddings and … 

 

Funerals. 

 

Zaandam
Holland America / WLRN

Broward County commissioners debated for hours during a meeting Tuesday about whether or not to let a Holland America Cruise ship, the Zaandam, dock at Port Everglades. 

 

Alejandra Martinez / WLRN

The emergency alert text message you received over the weekend — warning you to social distance — was from the state. 

Andrews Ave.
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis emphasized the need for people to stay at home during a tele-town hall via conference call with residents on Friday night. 

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. 

 

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

About a month ago, we brought you a story about the tight-knit French-Canadian community that returns for the same vacation every year at Richard's Motel, off U.S. 1, in Hollywood.

 

Bonnet House
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

This story has been updated with additional information about NSU Art Museum at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday March 24.

Museums have had to shut their doors due to concerns about COVID-19 spreading among crowds. But many institutions are ensuring people can access their programs and tours in a new way: online. 

Coronavirus nursing homes
Courtesy of Joan Hipler / WLRN

It's been nearly a week since Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned visitors at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

 

Older people, along with people who have an existing health condition, are more vulnerable to the coronavirus. The state's ban on visitors to nursing homes and assisted living facilities – at least for now – will last through mid-April. 

Evan Vucci / AP

Florida voters went to the polls Tuesday despite escalating impacts from coronavirus, while across the country in Ohio, the primary election was postponed at the direction of the state's top health officer.

Andre Penner / AP via Miami Herald

This story has been updated with new information on court hearings at 6 p.m. on Friday March 13.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis declared a local state of emergency in the city Friday afternoon, as a measure to try to slow the spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

Justin Flippen
City of Wilton Manors

The City of Wilton Manors will elect its new mayor in the November general election later this year. 

 

Wilton Manors City Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to forego holding a special election, which would have been in August, according to a statement from the city manager’s office. The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office could not accommodate a special election within the 60- to 90- day window in the city’s charter.

 

Coronavirus
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Congressional leaders spent Monday morning meeting with representatives from South Florida hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, airport and Port Everglades officials as well as county commissioners, about new cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Broward.  

The group gathered at Nova Southeastern University's medical campus to discuss their needs that have arisen now that the contagious respiratory illness, COVID-19 has made its way to South Florida. 

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