COVID-19

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This post will be updated today, Monday, July 27, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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Jackson Health Care System union officials and healthcare professionals will host a press conference today demanding that Governor Ron DeSantis issue a statewide mask mandate.  Doctors and nurses at Jackson Health Care are also launching a public awareness campaign to urge Miami-Dade residents and all Floridians to wear masks.

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"It's not OK to take off your mask in front of me, thank you very much," declared Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez, in a tone that indicated he had no patience for anyone who might still be waffling on this widely recommended* and not-very-difficult approach to surviving the pandemic. "You might have the virus. As a matter of fact, might have it." 

Florida's Top Regulator Looking At How To Open Bars Safely

Jul 26, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s top business regulator said he planned to meet with bar owners to discuss how they can reopen their businesses again safely.

Halsey Beshears, secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said Saturday that he is planning to start setting up meetings with owners of bars and breweries across the state later this week to discuss how they can reopen without spreading the virus.

For the fifth consecutive day, there were more than 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the United States and infections haven't shown signs of significantly slowing, according to the COVID Tracking Project. More than 145,000 people in the country have died from the virus and more than 4,000,000 people have been infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bahamas Tourism Ministry

The Bahamas has reversed course on closing its border to U.S. travelers over surging coronavirus infections in both nations.

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It’s been a tough week for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Cases of coronavirus are soaring in the state. DeSantis maintains his administration is following the correct path in fighting the coronavirus.

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An extra unemployment payment from the federal government is set to expire next week.

Out-of-work Americans have been receiving an extra $600 per week to help offset the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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This post will be updated today, Friday, July 24, and through the weekend with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

COMMENTARY

When the Bahamas closed its doors to American visitors this week – because of the U.S.’s catastrophic inability to control the new coronavirus – you could hear the payback.

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This post will be updated today, Thursday, July 23, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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“This article about coronavirus aggressive action was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom based in Washington, D.C.”

Dr. Deborah Birx, a leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, warned state and local leaders in a private phone call Wednesday that 11 major cities are seeing increases in the percentage of tests coming back positive for COVID-19 and should take “aggressive” steps to mitigate their outbreaks. 

The cities she identified were Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

Desiree Taylor / 1199SEIU

A caravan of health care union members and supporters traveled to four nursing homes in Miami-Dade and Broward on Monday. The purpose of the demonstration was to support nursing home workers and the Black Lives Matter movement. They handed out personal protective equipment and encouraging words to workers.

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Florida has 19 COVID isolation centers, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration, or AHCA. These are nursing homes or long-term care facilities that are receiving money from the state to take in people who have COVID-19. They take care of a patient after a hospital discharge until they’re ready to return to their own residences.

And some of these isolation centers have had high numbers of COVID-related infections and deaths before receiving new patients with the disease.

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This post will be updated today, Wednesday, July 22, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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