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This post will be updated today, Thursday, April 9, with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Maria Esquinca

On a cool Sunday in January, Big Cypress National Preserve is alive. 

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A big question going into this Easter weekend is whether some pastors in Florida will decide to hold services despite the risks of COVID-19 infection. One conservative Christian leader is trying to help congregations – and state and local officials – make the right call.

Alfredo Zuniga / AP


On the opening page of his guerrilla memoir "Fire from the Mountain," Nicaraguan revolutionary Omar Cabezas calls his birthplace "a ghost town” during Semana Santa, or Holy Week, because everybody bolts for the countryside or the beaches to congregate and party.

This is Semana Santa, the week before Easter, and Nicaragua is still congregating and partying – in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic that's killed almost 90,000 people worldwide.

GeoVanna Gonzalez

Along with countless other businesses, South Florida’s art galleries and exhibitions have had to shut down for the foreseeable future, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.


Gina Trotz

On this Wednesday, April 8, episode of Sundial:

Disability rights during coronavirus

Hospitals and healthcare workers are doing their best to prepare for Florida’s peak of COVID-19 cases, which is predicted to happen in the next two weeks. The Miami Herald has reported Disability Rights Florida, a statewide advocacy nonprofit for individuals with disabilities, are worried that if Florida runs out of beds and ventilators, medical professionals will be forced to ration care, like we’ve seen in Italy.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Taking attendance is no longer as simple as recording a student as “present” or “absent” in class, with schools closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus and instruction being delivered online for the near future.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

The Miami Beach Convention Center will soon become a temporary 450-bed field hospital for a potential surge of coronavirus patients.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Tommy Strangie has played the drag character Shelley Novak at South Beach bars for decades. Now he’s performing karaoke songs from his kitchen, singing into a can of baked beans.

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University of Miami

Governors and public health officials across the country have fought tirelessly for access to more ventilators. Coronavirus attacks a patient's respiratory system and ventilators can be essential in supporting healthy breathing. 


This post will be updated today, Wednesday, April 8, with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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Courtesy of the Dorit and Ben J. Genet Cupboard, in Davie / WLRN

Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Service

In Monroe County, tourism provides the primary source of jobs and sales tax revenues. So the county has been hit hard as coronavirus shut down all travel. On Tuesday, the county announced plans to start cutting its payroll.


Latin America and the Caribbean have so far avoided the scarier level of COVID-19 infection seen in Europe, Asia and the U.S. But the region’s numbers are starting to jump. And hemispheric health experts on Tuesday had a warning for one country in particular.

Richard Congdon

This essay was part of an episode of The Sunshine Economy, focused entirely on the impact of the coronavirus on the tourism industry of the Keys:

The Keys may be a chain of islands where we love to talk about our independence and resilience. But we're also a peninsula, permanently tethered to the mainland, starting in 1912 when Henry Flagler ran his railroad tracks all the way to Key West.