Broward County

The day Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a public health state of emergency over COVID-19, there were 3,897 people incarcerated in Miami-Dade County’s jail system, the largest county jail system in the state. As the pending reality of the threat started to be understood, a growing number of officials have started to take concrete steps to reduce the number of people locked up in jails and prisons.

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South Florida is a coronavirus hotspot in the state. The majority of confirmed cases in Florida are in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Broward And Palm Beach To Close All Non-Essential Businesses To Contain Coronavirus, Governor Says

Mar 20, 2020
Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward and Palm Beach counties soon will shut down all “non-essential” businesses as part of containing the new coronavirus, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday afternoon.


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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Several Broward County employees say they are frustrated at a lack of policies and clarity on the ability to work from home while the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across Florida. 

That is despite that fact that the employees say their jobs can easily be done from home, and despite official guidance from the White House suggesting that employees do just that.

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.

Amy Beth Bennett / Sun Sentinel

The coronavirus death toll rose to five in Florida, with the disease killing a 77-year-old man who lived in a Broward County assisted-living facility, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.

A 15-story apartment tower planned for downtown would have become home to the region’s lowest-income residents. But last fall, city officials blocked the project from moving forward on grounds it was not allowed.

Now, the developer has filed lawsuits in both federal and state courts accusing Fort Lauderdale of “explicitly discriminatory” policies and practices. Both lawsuits were filed Friday.

John Scalzi / Sun Sentinel

A Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport TSA worker has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the agency said Sunday afternoon.

That brings the tally to two TSA officers in Florida who have tested positive for COVID-19, and six in the United States. The agency said Saturday night that a TSA screening agent at Orlando International Airport also contracted the virus.

National Guard Task Force-Medical Heading For Broward

Mar 15, 2020

The Florida National Guard announced Sunday the activation of a task force to assist with the worsening coronavirus situation in Broward County.

The guard will form Task Force - Medical, made up of all the guard's medical professionals to support the state health department's efforts in Broward, which has emerged as the worst-hit county in Florida.


Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that the Trump administration should consider domestic flights in the ongoing effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Florida, where dozens of cases have been discovered.

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Early Friday the Florida Department of Health confirmed another case of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County.

The announcement came just hours after health officials confirmed 15 additional cases. It brings to 51 the total number of COVID 19 cases in Florida.

While young people haven’t been significantly known to have symptoms of the disease, up to five people in their 20s in the state have contracted it — including two people ages 25 and 29 in Broward. Another person in Broward is a 20-year-old from out of state.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

This post covered South Florida coronavirus news updates from March 10 through March 15. Because of the swift and frequent changes in this ongoing story, WLRN has--for the moment--decided to start a fresh roundup each day. To find today's Coronavirus Live Update, click here

Broward County Declares Emergency After Detection Of Fourth Coronavirus Case

Mar 10, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel

Broward County declared a state of emergency Tuesday, after a fourth county resident tested positive for novel coronavirus.