Jacob Cuenca, Republican voter
Jayme Gershen for The World and WLRN

The coronavirus pandemic turned Jacob Cuenca’s life upside down just before he graduated high school.

“Literally everything was fine, you know, I was going to school, worrying about my math test and all of a sudden there's no school for, like, three months. We had no prom night, no senior brunches,” he said.

Runner on Miami Beach
MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

This post will be updated today, Friday, July 31, and through the weekend with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Tropical Storm Isaias
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network / WLRN

South Florida is now under a Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches the state's Atlantic coast.


The National Hurricane Center is forecasting the storm could bring heavy rainfall, winds, and storm surge to Florida over the weekend.  

Las Olas Boulevard
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

As restaurants, bars and other businesses started to reopen across South Florida they were quickly forced to shut back down as coronavirus cases began spiking again last month.


And for business owners, or anyone stepping out of their home, it's been tough to keep track of the latest safety rules and guidelines.

Nobody is eager to be stuck by a needle twice, so naturally many would view a COVID-19 vaccine that provides disease protection after a single injection as a good thing.

Two new studies released Thursday suggest that might be possible.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Florida education officials canceled state exams this spring as public schools shifted abruptly online at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush doesn’t want to see that happen again. He argued state testing is crucial to make sure students are receiving an equitable education, regardless of their families' income.

T. Swick

In the 1980s, while living in Poland and teaching English there, Tom Swick saw firsthand how readily people will rely on humor to get through adversity.

An NPR investigation has found irregularities in the process by which the Trump administration awarded a multi-million dollar contract to a Pittsburgh company to collect key data about COVID-19 from the country's hospitals.

The contract is at the center of a controversy over the administration's decision to move that data reporting function from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which has tracked infection information for a range of illnesses for years — to the Department of Health and Human Services.

COVID-19 Numbers Now Spiking Inside Tamarac Nursing Home

Jul 30, 2020
Tamarac Rehab photo
Screen grab from the Tamarac Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

Older COVID-positive patients who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities are being sent to Florida nursing homes after a hospital discharge to recover. They need to test negative twice before they can return to their residences.

These so-called isolation centers, though, already have COVID-19 outbreaks among permanent residents.
One of these — Tamarac Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, had six COVID-19 patients when we previously reported about the center. As of July 28, it has at least 41.

Inmate Deaths Reported In Eight Florida Prisons

Jul 30, 2020

The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday said a dozen inmates died from complications of COVID-19 at eight prisons within the past week.

Dade Correctional Institution, Everglades Correctional Institution, Lowell Correctional Institution and South Florida Reception Center each had two inmates die after testing positive for the disease. Columbia Correctional Institution, Florida Women’s Reception Center, Graceville Correctional Institution and Wakulla Correctional Institution each had an inmate death.

This post will be updated today, Thursday, July 30, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Updated at 6:13 p.m. ET

The United States crossed a grim milestone Wednesday, with more than 150,000 lives now lost as a result of the coronavirus.

The tragic number includes around 33,000 people who have died in New York, nearly 16,000 in New Jersey and more than 8,700 in California.

Health News Florida has learned that Florida has a new Long-Term Care Ombudsman, a position that has been vacant for almost a year.

2020 US Census
Courtesy of the city of Weston

Households in Broward County lag behind the state and the nation when it comes to responding to the 2020 U.S. Census. 

The number of people counted will determine how much federal funding cities and counties will get for the next ten years, for programs ranging from Section 8 housing choice vouchers, to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and even children's health insurance.

DeSantis Looks To Get Workers Back On Job Faster

Jul 29, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis is looking to “tweak” one of his coronavirus orders so restaurant wait staff and non-health care workers can get back on the job quicker after testing positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, his top business regulator continues to plan meetings with craft brewers and bar owners about reopening.