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Rebekah Jones, the Florida coronavirus data scientist who was fired in early May for alleged insubordination, has filed a whistleblower complaint against the Florida Department of Health, saying that she was removed from her post for refusing to falsify data.

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The issue of wearing masks came up again this week as South Florida cases and hospitalizations continue to rise.

During back-to-back news conferences earlier this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis met with local leaders. They stressed the point that it’s our responsibility to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and follow other coronavirus guidelines.

Florida is now the epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States.

The progression of COVID-19 is predictable: Case counts go up, hospital admissions rise, and then ICU admissions increase. And finally, the death toll rises.

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This post will be updated today, Monday, July 20, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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A national union for educators, school personnel, and nurses is calling on members of Congress to get back to Washington and fund schools. 


Congress is expected to reconvene this coming Monday after a Fourth of July recess.

Which Sparks Set Off Miami’s COVID Wildfire? The Clues Are In The Cases, Experts Say

Jul 17, 2020

When COVID-19 roared back to life across Florida in mid-June after several weeks of relative quiet, Miami-Dade County quickly became a hot spot far exceeding other parts of the state, despite a more cautious reopening and a relatively early shutdown order.

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On this Thursday, July 16, episode of Sundial:


University Of Miami President On Reopening


This fall, parents and college students will decide whether they will return to campus or take classes fully online. Students in South Florida, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state, are waiting to hear plans from their school. 

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Latin America is the new global epicenter for COVID-19. But it may also be the new epicenter for pandemic-related economic collapse.

Nothing makes people in Latin America and the Caribbean more uncomfortable than the term “Lost Decade.” It refers mainly to the 1980s, when the region’s economies crashed under the weight of massive debt. The question now is whether the past decade has been lost, under the strain of COVID-19.

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho provided an update on the reopening process at Wednesday's school board meeting. With the official start date about five weeks away, Carvalho said there’s still time to decide.

“We are in the position to continue to analyze the local health data, continue to observe the trends, and then at the appropriate time, with sufficient time to inform parents, announce to the community the way forward.

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This story has been updated as of 6:05 p.m., Thursday, July 16.

A bar owner in Wilton Manors is suing the city, Broward County and Gov. Ron DeSantis over not being allowed to open during the pandemic. He is also suing the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation. 

The Palm Beach County School Board unanimously approved Superintendent Donald Fennoy’s reopening plan, which called for the district’s 174,000 students to start the academic year with distance learning.

DeSantis 'Happy' With Test Results At Long-Term Care Facilities

Jul 16, 2020

More than 120,000 staff members of nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been tested for COVID-19 during the past week under a pair of emergency rules, and about 2.8 percent have tested positive, Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters Wednesday. 

Democrats Call For Scaling Back Reopening

Jul 16, 2020
News Service of Florida

Florida Senate Democrats want to scale back economic-reopening efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as Gov. Ron DeSantis maintains his approach has been taken with an “eye towards what's sustainable.”

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It all began with a phone call to Spain.

Months ago, Gabriela Fernandez called Madrid to check in on her dad, who's been living there for about 17 years.  She says she was concerned about how he was faring under Spain's strict coronavirus quarantine rules.

Before Justinian Huang left Shanghai for some beach time in Malaysia last winter, he took his dog Swagger to stay with a friend.

"I dropped him off. I kissed him goodbye. I was like, 'I'm going to see you in six days,' " Huang recounts. "That was Jan. 23 of this year."

That week the coronavirus spread with alarming speed in China. So Huang decided to wait it out in Malaysia a few extra days. Then he flew to Taiwan, where he has family, and finally home to the United States.