Tracking coronavirus: Florida cases rise to more than 29,500; more than 26 million file for jobless aid

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

5:00 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health reports that there are 28,576 cases of coronavirus in the state and 927 deaths.

5:30 a.m. -- According to a letter shared between several state law makers, it appears retroactive unemployment benefits will be available to those who have back-logged applications. Get details HERE. 

6:00 a.m. -- A new coronavirus testing site opens in Osceola County. Read more HERE. 

7:30 a.m. -- Publix is continuing their mission to help as many people as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. The Lakeland-based grocer announced they have begun purchasing fresh produce and milk directly from farmers impacted by the outbreak and will then donate the items to Feeding America member food banks.

8:00 a.m. -- In an effort to keep customers a safe distance apart while shopping during the coronavirus pandemic, Walmart announced they will be implementing one-way aisles in many of its stores starting Thursday.

10:00 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health announced Thursday that cases have risen to 28,832 in the state. There are 960 deaths, up from 927 on Wednesday.

11:00 a.m. -- More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down, the government said Thursday.  

12:30 p.m. -- Governor Ron DeSantis and his Task Force held another conference call to discuss plans to reopen the state. 

6:00 p.m. --  The Florida Department of Health released updated numbers Thursday evening about the coronavirus in the state.  There are 29,648 total number of cases and 987 deaths.



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