DeSantis Orders Entire State To Stay Home Beginning At Midnight

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Florida is finally ordering all residents to stay home to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.

The Department of Economic Opportunity runs the state's re-employment assistance program (formerly known as unemployment)

Axis South Florida is a portal for resources, including those who have lost their income because of the coronavirus.

The United Way can help you find resources in your community. In South Florida, these are organized by county:

Help For Business Owners Impacted By COVID-19

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Florida has activated its emergency bridge loan program for small businesses with 2-100 employees. Loans of $50,000 are available at zero percent interest for one year. 

For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232 or email The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.

South Florida Theater Community Plans For Its Next Act Following COVID-19

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In the good ol’ days of early March, people in South Florida were still congregating like crazy – going out for dinner or drinks, flocking to sporting events, attending school, working on tans at the beach, packing movie theaters, planning to see one or more of the height-of-season shows the region’s theaters were getting ready to open.

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This post will be updated today, Wednesday, April 1, with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.


In the wake of the coronavirus, Florida’s troubled unemployment office has been crippled by a barrage of applications that topped 317,000 applications in just the last 10 days.

Those problems did not come without warnings.

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Citing the coronavirus pandemic, South Florida PBS has withdrawn its bid with the Miami-Dade County school district to manage WLRN, South Florida’s only public news radio station.

The company announced the decision in a statement emailed Tuesday by spokeswoman Jeneissy Azcuy.

Now more than ever we are looking for ways to feel less alone — and poetry can be one way to bring people together.

Last month NPR asked listeners to respond to art with a poem — a style of poetry called ekphrastic. For inspiration, Kwame Alexander, NPR's poet in residence, selected two paintings: Kadir Nelson's Heatwave and Salvador Dali's Young Woman At A Window. Both show women inside looking longingly out into the world.

It was a pretty normal St. Patrick's Day. Nathan Stewart and a couple of friends were hanging out, drinking a few beers, soaking up senior spring at the University of Virginia. Then an email landed in their inboxes: Classes were moving online and graduation was indefinitely postponed.

During Tuesday's White House press briefing, President Trump said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is "a great governor" who "knows exactly what he's doing" in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vice President Mike Pence added to the DeSantis accolades, saying the Republican governor has "been taking decisive steps from early on."

But according to public health experts, thousands of heath care workers and a pending lawsuit, DeSantis' leadership has been woefully inadequate.

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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. 


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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A few months ago, it may have seemed silly to wear a face mask during a trip to the grocery store. And in fact, the mainline public health message in the U.S. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been that most people don't need to wear masks.

But as cases of the coronavirus have skyrocketed, there's new thinking about the benefits that masks could offer in slowing the spread. The CDC says it is now reviewing its policy and may be considering a recommendation to encourage broader use.

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South Florida's largest public school districts have announced they are extending campus closures by another two weeks or more.