Tracking Coronavirus: Death toll rises by another 225 fatalities, Florida cases surpass 500,000

Below is a log of the day's events as it relates to the global coronavirus pandemic.

1:30 p.m. -- Moderna’s customers are lining up to order its coronavirus vaccine even though it's still in the experimental state. See how much the vaccine could cost HERE.

12:30 p.m. -- Students in Orange County must wear a face mask, according to their new dress code. See the full dress code HERE.

11:30 a.m. -- Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that its ocean-going cruise line members have agreed to “voluntarily suspend U.S. cruise operations” until Oct. 31. amid the COVID-19 pandemic. See which cruise lines are affected HERE.

11:00 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday announced 5,409 new cases and 225 more deaths since Tuesday. The statewide case total is now at 502,739. The death toll is at 7,627.

8:00 a.m. -- Two teenagers in Florida have died from COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of minors killed from the virus to seven, a new report says. More about these deaths HERE.

7:00 a.m. -- More than 700,000 people have died from COVID-19 across the world, a grim milestone that reflects nations’ ongoing struggles in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus months into the pandemic. More about the worldwide outlook of the virus HERE.

6:00 a.m. -- Clorox wipes have been a hot commodity since the pandemic started, leading to a shortage. Clorox CEO Benno Dorer told Reuters store shelves won't be fully stocked with them until next year. Read more about why HERE.

5:00 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health reported another 5,446 new cases and 245 more deaths on Tuesday. The statewide case total is now at 497,330 and the death toll is at 7,402. 

RELATED: Interactive map of COVID-19 cases across Florida 

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Phase two of Florida's reopening is ongoing. The following is in effect:

  • Restaurants can now allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing.
  • Bars and pubs were originally able to operate with 50 percent capacity indoors and full capacity outside as long as appropriate social distancing is followed. However, the state has put a temporary ban on liquor sales at bars as COVID-19 cases surge, forcing many bars to close.
  • Retail stores can now operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols.
  • Gyms can now operate at full capacity as well with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitization. 
  • Entertainment businesses, like movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, can operate at 50 percent with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols. 
  • Personal services businesses, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons, and massage establishments, may operate with guidance from the Florida Department of Health.
  • Pari-mutuel betting facilities can submit a request to reopen to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The request must include an endorsement from their county mayor or county administrator if there is no mayor.

Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach -- which are the counties that got hit the heaviest by coronavirus in Florida -- will remain in phase one for the time being. When ready, they can seek approval from their county mayor or county administrator to enter phase two.

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Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces. Others can then contract the virus by touching these objects or surfaces, then their eyes, nose or mouth. 

As stated before, symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They may show in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure, the Florida Department of Health says. Most people recover from COVID-19 without special treatment, but the elderly and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness.

If you display coronavirus symptoms, you should contact a local health organization and make them aware of your condition prior to arrival while also following specific instructions or guidelines they may have.

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If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 and let them know if you have been infected or believe that you may be. If you are infected, a medical professional or another authority will likely advise that you remain isolated while sick. This includes staying at home and not going into public places or large events.

Please visit the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-(866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to

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Globally, there have been over 18.5 million COVID-19 cases, resulting in over 700,000 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.

Below is an interactive John Hopkins University dashboard, showing a country-by-country breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases across the world.

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