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Heard On Sundial:Miami-Dade Mayor On COVID-19 & Police Brutality, Retired Teachers Say Bye Virtually

David Santiago
Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez talks to the media alongside Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a press conference to announce COVID 19 antibody testing, a mobile lab and more at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

On this Thursday, June 25, episode of Sundial:

Miami-Dade Mayor On COVID-19 And The Civilian Review Board 

Miami-Dade County leads the state in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. On Wednesday, the county reported an additional 957 cases and 24 deaths. 

Some hospitals are finding their intensive care units are reaching close to capacity — Homestead Medical Center’s ICU beds were full as of Tuesday. 

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“Different hospitals are going to have different capacities. We look at it as a system-wide — all of the hospitals in Miami-Dade County. There are well over 400 ICU beds available today, right now in Miami-Dade County and there’s another 400 that can be converted to ICU rapidly,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

We spoke with Mayor Gimenez about the county’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus and the new proposal for the county to adopt a civilian review board to investigate police officers.

Retired Teachers Say Bye Virtually

Teachers in Florida have faced tremendous challenges in recent years. From school safety to teaching remotely during a pandemic. 

It’s unclear what schools will look like this fall, Gov. Ron DeSantis has released guidelines for school districts to follow but he is leaving it up to the local leadership to develop their own system. 

Needless to say, teaching will be complicated this fall. But there’s a group of teachers that won’t be dealing with that stress this summer — they’re retired. And in the midst of the pandemic, this retirement has been different than expected. 

“It was really hard because I couldn’t say goodbye to the students or my colleagues,” said retired teacher Diane Gabano, from Panther Run Elementary. “I just want to tell them [my students] that I wish them the best and that I believe in them and I know they can do well.”

We spoke with Gabano and another retired teacher Blanca Mejia, from Lake Stevens Elementary School about their memories and advice to future teachers.

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Leslie Ovalle produces WLRN's daily magazine program, Sundial. She previously produced Morning Edition newscasts at WLRN and anchored the midday news. As a multimedia producer, she also works on visual and digital storytelling.