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6,093 New COVID-19 Cases In Florida, Fourth-highest Increase In One Day
Updated Tuesday at 11:25 a.m.
The Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 6,093 cases on Tuesday. The state has a total of 152,434 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.
Tuesday's update also included the announcement of 58 new deaths, increasing the statewide number to 3,505. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 1,884 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 4 deaths due to COVID-19.
- WLRN News
Key West's Duval Street To Be Closed To Cars For Holiday Weekend
Updated at 9:35 a.m.
Duval Street, Key West's main drag, will be closed to cars over the weekend so holiday crowds can spread out.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon until 5 a.m., the street will be pedestrian only between Truman Avenue and Front Street.
The Keys are expecting large crowds for the holiday weekend and parks and beaches are closed from Thursday evening through Tuesday morning. That now includes Islamorada — including public boat ramps and the Fills area between mile markers 77.5 to 79.8. Closure of that area will begin on Wednesday. State parks will also be closed.
Masks are required when you're on the premises of a business unless you are seated to eat in a restaurant. Masks are required everywhere when you are within 6 feet of other people. And you're required to carry a mask when you leave your home.
-Nancy Klingener/WLRN News
Miami Could Issue 10-Day Shutdown For Businesses Violating COVID-19 Rules
Updated Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
Businesses within Miami city limits will face mandatory multiday closures for violating emergency measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Under a new emergency order expected to be issued Tuesday, businesses flouting rules that limit crowding and mandate the wearing of face masks could be shut down for 10 days for an initial violation, 15 days for a second offense and 30 days for a third.
Mayor Francis Suarez told the Miami Herald that the city will impose stiffer penalties on individual establishments instead of reinstituting citywide closures, a step administrators are not taking yet.
To read more, visit our news partner at the Miami Herald.
- Joey Flechas and Ana Claudia Chacin/Miami Herald
Prison Visitation Ban Extended To Mid-July
Updated Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
With the number of inmate cases of COVID-19 nearing 2,000, the Florida Department of Corrections on Monday extended a ban on prison visitors through July 15. The department first imposed the visitation ban in March to try to prevent spread of the virus. It had been extended through June 28.
In a news release Monday, the department said the “decision to reinstate the normal visitation schedule will be evaluated in consultation with public health experts. Inmates will continue to have access to their loved ones through mail, phone calls and video visitation.”
As of Monday, 1,963 inmates had tested positive for COVID-19, and 24 inmates had died because of the virus. Also, 438 corrections workers had been infected, according to department numbers.
- News Service of Florida