MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

Florida’s Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried has made multple calls for Gov. Ron DeSantis to implement a statewide mask mandate.  


The state’s coronavirus case totals have increased by the thousands every day over the past two weeks, approaching 180,000 statewide cases on Friday afternoon.

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On Friday morning, Vonshay Crenshaw sat on a cooler under the shade of a coconut palm. He knew the beaches were closed, but hoped to have a picnic with friends on the grass in front of the beach until those hopes were dashed.

More widespread wearing of face masks could prevent tens of thousands of deaths by COVID-19, epidemiologists and mathematicians project.

A model from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows that near-universal wearing of cloth or homemade masks could prevent between 17,742 and 28,030 deaths across the US before Oct. 1.

Florida Enters Critical Period In Coronavirus Fight

Jul 3, 2020
Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The next two weeks will be crucial in Florida’s struggle with coronavirus, as we learn if the staggering numbers of new cases produce a sharp increase in deaths and whether new government restrictions succeed in slowing the disease’s spread. Here are two scenarios, based on interviews with experts:

Joey Flechas / Miami Herald

Hotels and other hospitality businesses are facing a different Fourth of July this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 cases keep spiking in South Florida and throughout the state. Local governments are instituting restrictions that will likely affect the worry-free vacations that folks would normally be expecting.

Lynne Sladky / AP Photo

Contact tracing is like detective work that helps contain COVID-19. When someone tests positive, a contact tracer starts an investigation to find out who was within close distance of this new case. Those people should self isolate.
Counties depend on the state's Department of Health for contact tracing, but some want to do more at the local level. Broward County has recently added 150 of its own contact tracers.


On this Tuesday, July 2, episode of Sundial:

Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner On COVID-19

Gov. Ron DeSantis has made the message loud and clear that Florida has no plans on rolling back, even as the state continues to see thousands of new coronavirus cases every day. 

Florida GIS screenshot

Imagine how much easier life would be if a computer dashboard could predict when a trip to the local supermarket, or hair salon, increased the risk of COVID-19?

A new computer dashboard being designed by Florida Atlantic University intends to do just that, sorting through vasts amount of data and using algorithms — just like Google and Netflix— to predict outcomes.

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Cuba believes it has managed COVID-19 well enough to re-open the island this week to one of its most important economic sectors: tourism. But you won’t see any visitors riding in vintage cars down Havana’s Malecón.

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In response to the economic downturn due to COVID-19, the state budget for this fiscal year included over $1 billion in cuts. That's including nearly 30 projects and programs in Palm Beach County. 


South Florida Lawmaker Tests Positive For COVID-19

Jul 2, 2020
News Service of Florida

Rep. Shevrin Jones announced Wednesday he tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first state lawmaker to have a publicly confirmed case of the disease.

“Transparent moment: For those who think it’s a game, it’s not. I have tested positive for Covid. I feel awful, and I don’t wish this on anyone,” Jones, D-West Park, wrote on Twitter.

Alison Geisler

Alison Geissler pulled out of the driveway of her suburban home on the outskirts of Tampa, with tears streaming down her eyes. For six years, she drove the 30 miles from her home in the quiet community of Lithia to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Northwest Tampa, where she was a nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit. But this Saturday in late May it would be her final shift at the hospital.

TALLAHASSEE --- Amid pushback from law-school deans, graduates and lawmakers, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners on Wednesday canceled in-person exams scheduled for late this month and announced the tests will be administered online in August.

The decision to nix in-person Bar exams in Tampa and Orlando on July 28 and July 29 came as the number of COVID-19 cases in Florida continues to skyrocket, with state officials reporting an increase of more than 6,500 new cases on Wednesday.

Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald

America’s birthday celebration in the Florida Keys this year won’t include any public displays of fireworks.

The last remaining fireworks show set to go off in Monroe County on the Fourth of July was canceled Wednesday by Marathon city leaders in an emergency meeting called to discuss the issue.

Amber Amortegui / WLRN

A group of Broward County parents held a demonstration at the KC Wright Administration building in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday morning. They want the school board to give families the option of sending their children back to school with full-time in-person instruction.

Broward Parents for the Return to School, a local Facebook group, organized the protest. Parents created the group when they felt the school board wasn't considering full-time classes. The group now has over 4,000 members.