The latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in South Florida.

Florida Fab Four
Florida Fab Four/Christine Olivo

On this Wednesday, August 5, episode of Sundial:


Panel with Congressional Candidates “Florida’s Fab Four” 


Early voting has already begun in most of South Florida ahead of the Aug. 18 primary election.


In South Florida's U.S. congressional races, there are four candidates who are heavily favored and have no plans of giving up their seats. Representatives Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson have all been incumbents for more than two decades. 

Tierra Rushing
Courtesy of Tierra Rushing

When Tierra Rushing arrived at school at about 7:30 a.m., some students were usually already waiting for her outside her office.

That was during a typical school year. Rushing is a social worker based at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, and she relished those moments when students would pop by just to chat about their days.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

This post will be updated today, Wednesday, August 5, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Teacher doing distance learning

As South Florida remains a hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic, all students in public schools — from Palm Beach to Monroe — will start the school year remotely. 

A national poll conducted by EdWeek last month found nearly 75% of parents believed their children learned less during remote school than they would have in the classroom. 

Superintendent Robert Runcie
Screenshot / WLRN

Broward County Public Schools is considering a controversial pilot to reopen school buildings for in-person classes for some students with disabilities while all other students continue learning virtually.

Officials in Florida say cases of the coronavirus are continuing to decline, an indication that efforts to halt the spread of the disease are working. In Miami-Dade County, Mayor Carlos Gimenez told commissioners Tuesday, "I am pleased to announce it appears we have leveled off."

David Santiago / Miami Herald

This post will be updated today, Tuesday, August 4, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Five Test Positive For COVID-19 After Attending Sheriffs Meeting

Aug 3, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- Five people who attended a Florida Sheriffs Association meeting last week have tested positive for COVID-19, and top state elected officials who appeared at the meeting have received a warning about their potential exposure to the virus.

Yellow Green Market
Courtesy of Elizabeth Becker / WLRN

Before the pandemic, the Yellow Green Farmer's Market in Hollywood was a favorite spot for locals and for tourists. At its peak last year up to 10,000 people would come through to eat and buy produce any given Saturday or Sunday. 

The last day it was open was March 15 and it almost reopened for Fourth of July weekend — then the spike in coronavirus cases stopped that from happening.

Many Private Schools And Some Charters Will Return to Buildings in The Fall

Aug 3, 2020

Parents hoping to send their children to an actual school campus this fall may have to shell out money for a private school.

Despite pressure from the state and federal governments to open their campuses for the new year, most South Florida public schools plan to start off online only due to the continued surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths in South Florida. A few charter schools plan to offer in-person instruction, but most say they will begin online until conditions improve.

For private schools, it’s a different story.

Robert Runcie
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

This post will be updated today, Monday, August 3, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

affordable housing
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County has already been in need of more affordable housing well before the coronavirus pandemic began to impact most areas of life. 

Renters that are considered severely cost-burdened spend more than 50 percent or more of their income on housing. In Broward, the last several years have shown those households on the rise, according to a 2018 report by the FIU Metropolitan Center.

Cuba's communist leaders appear to be ready to make good on long promised reforms to the island's state-controlled economy, which has been in a tailspin since the coronavirus lockdown began in March.

Even before the pandemic, the economy was in recession, suffering from reduced Venezuelan subsidies and escalating Trump administration sanctions. Then in March, Cuba banned all air and sea travel to the island, cutting off tourism — a major source of hard currency for the government.

Scientists are in a sprint to find a vaccine that could stamp out the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, said on Friday he's "cautiously optimistic" that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be ready for distribution in early 2021.

The Senate adjourned for the weekend as negotiations between Democrats and the White House on a fifth relief bill have stalled. Senate Republicans have largely failed to rally around the $1 trillion GOP plan, and Democrats say it doesn’t go far enough compared to their $3 trillion proposal.