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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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Most of Florida has already moved into phase two of Florida’s reopening plan for the novel coronavirus. In most of the state, people can now visit bars, movie theaters and casinos, along with beaches, gyms and restaurants. Of course, this comes with some caveats for social distancing and wearing masks.

Florida Knew A COVID-19 Pandemic Was Likely. State Leaders Didn’t Warn The Public

May 20, 2020

Three months ago, Floridians were celebrating Valentine’s Day unaware that the novel coronavirus posed any real threat to their lives, or that it was likely already spreading through the state. No one had told them to be worried.

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On Monday, all of Florida will be in phase one of the state’s reopening plan. As the Sunshine State inches back from pandemic shutdowns, a vital part of that plan is isolating people who have the coronavirus and keeping it from spreading.

Contact tracing is integral to that process.

Florida Coronavirus Updates: Number Of Florida Cases Jumps By 510 In One Day

Mar 26, 2020
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Increased testing for the coronavirus has caused the number of confirmed cases to skyrocket in Florida. Wednesday saw the biggest increase in cases over a single day so far, with 510 new cases more than the day before.

Three of those cases were at Atria Willow Wood, the Fort Lauderdale assisted-living facility that’s the site of Broward’s three deaths . At least 13 Willow Wood residents are infected, and three tests are still pending, two of which are employees.

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One of the most important things for the public during the COVID-19 public health emergency is access to reliable information from the state government.


After 30 people were tested in the Florida Keys for the novel coronavirus, the Florida Department of Health said late Thursday night there was one presumptive positive COVID-19 case in the island chain.

Shortly after 10:30 pm., a Monroe County spokewoman sent an email saying the case is travel related and has not been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To protect the person’s privacy, health officials did not disclose the name nor the location of the person who has tested presumptive positive.


Employees at the Florida Department of Health, the state agency that is managing the response to COVID-19, are not being allowed to work from home, even if their jobs are involved in research or other kinds of administrative work, several employees told WLRN.

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A Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport TSA worker has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the agency said Sunday afternoon.

That brings the tally to two TSA officers in Florida who have tested positive for COVID-19, and six in the United States. The agency said Saturday night that a TSA screening agent at Orlando International Airport also contracted the virus.


A fourth person in Broward County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the third case that has been traced to Metro Cruise Services, which operates out of Port Everglades, state officials announced early Tuesday morning.

Two ‘Presumptive Positive’ Cases Of Coronavirus In Florida, Governor Says

Mar 2, 2020

A Manatee County resident and a Hillsborough County resident have tested “presumptively positive” for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office. These are the first two cases to be reported in Florida.

A presumptive positive case has tested positive by a public health laboratory and is pending confirmatory testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The announcement was included in a memorandum released late Sunday declaring a public health emergency in the state.

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There have been no cases of the coronavirus reported in Florida so far, according to the Florida Department of Health. 

State health officials say they can’t release information about how many people have been tested for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.


Politicians Call For Florida’s Health Department To Be Transparent About New Coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020
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At two forums this week on the state’s preparedness for the new coronavirus, political leaders expressed discontent about the Florida Department of Health’s stance on withholding public information about pending virus cases in the state or exact measures being taken to prepare for a potential outbreak.

In Orlando on Monday, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park hosted a roundtable discussion with local health and airport experts on COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it could affect Florida.

Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez is wrapping up a trade mission to Colombia on Wednesday with a delegation that included 19 Florida companies hoping to start or expand trade with the South American country.


Before heading to the beach, you might want to check if it’s safe to swim at your chosen spot.

Elevated poop levels have led to Florida Department of Health swimming advisories for a total of eight beaches in Miami-Dade. Other beaches across the state — including six in Okaloosa County — were also put on warning Wednesday.

The advisories for Miami-Dade issued Wednesday were for: Surfside, 93rd Street; North Shore, 73rd Street; Collins Park, 21st Street; South Beach at Collins Avenue; South Beach at South Pointe Drive; and Virginia Beach.