Tracking Coronavirus: Florida cases top 55,400; 34 more deaths reported
ORLANDO, Fla. - Below is a log of the day's events as it relates to the global coronavirus pandemic.
7:00 a.m. -- The latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health show that there have been at least 54,497 cases of coronavirus statewide, resulting in 2,413 deaths.
8:00 a.m. -- Coronavirus testing will be available at select Home Depot and Publix locations, Governor DeSantis says. More details on locations HERE.
10:30 a.m. -- With residents holed up at home, working remotely and running fewer errands, rush hour traffic has dipped considerably. The number of traffic crashes in Florida dropped by 50% in April compared to the same time last year, according to highway officials. More details HERE.
12:30 p.m. -- In a Saturday update, the Florida Department of Health announced there are 55,424 cases of coronavirus, up 927 from Friday. The death toll is up to 2,447.
Below is an interactive Florida Department of Health dashboard, showing a county-by-county breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases statewide.
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Phase 1 of Florida's reopening is in effect. Dubbed the 'Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery,' the Governor said that the state will take safe, smart and data-driven steps toward reopening.
The complete Phase 1 includes:
- Restaurants can offer outdoor seating with 6-foot spacing between tables and indoor seating is limited to 50 percent capacity
- Retail stores can operate at 50 percent of indoor capacity
- Barber shops and salons with 50 percent of indoor capacity
- Gyms and fitness centers can operate at 50 percent of capacity
- Museums and libraries can operate up to 50 percent capacity
- Theme parks may submit reopening plans to the state
- Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals
- Elective surgeries may continue
- No changes to closures for bars, nightclubs and theaters
- Schools continue distance-learning
- Visits to senior living facilities are still prohibited
- Pharmacists in Florida will now be allowed to administer COVID-19 tests
- Local governments will be allowed to have more restrictive policies than the state
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.
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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.
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.
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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 COVIDemail@example.com.
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Globally, there have been over 5.4 million COVID-19 cases, resulting in over 345,000 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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