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Miami Beach Votes To Reopen Beach June 1, Miami-Dade To Follow Suit
Updated Friday at 1 p.m.
The Miami Beach commission voted Friday to reopen beaches and hotels on June 1.
The target date is about two weeks after retail stores, museums and grooming services resumed operations in Miami Beach on Wednesday. The city will reopen restaurants next Wednesday.
The reopening of beaches in Miami Beach will assuredly trigger a chain reaction of coastal cities reopening their beaches, Mayor Dan Gelber said.
Miami-Dade County also announced June 1 as a target date for reopening county beaches.
Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald.
— Martin Vassolo and Douglas Hanks/ Miami Herald
Statewide Coronavirus Cases Surpass 49,000
Updated Friday at 12:05 p.m.
Florida surpassed 49,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 776 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Florida has a total of 49,451 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.
Friday's update also included the announcement of 46 new deaths, increasing the statewide number to 2,190.
Florida Releases New Details About Those Who Have Died From COVID-19
Updated Friday at 8 a.m.
Details on 2,017 deaths from coronavirus in Florida were released Thursday, after a threat of legal action against the state by media organizations.
The reports, produced by county medical examiners, show the dead ranged in age from 26 to 104 and were predominantly elderly. A third of the victims were diabetic. Twenty-seven were under the age of 40, most suffering from preexisting health problems. South Florida accounted for more than half the deaths.
Although the precise death rate of COVID-19 is still being studied, there’s no doubt that the vast majority of victims survive. That makes it important for medical professionals and the public to know what factors could be affecting those who die.
Read more at the Sun Sentinel.
-David Fleshler, Angie DiMichele, Eileen Kelley and Dan Sweeney / Sun Sentinel