Tracking coronavirus: Florida sees second-highest daily increase with more than 2,600 new cases
ORLANDO, Fla. - Below is a log of the day's events as it relates to the global coronavirus pandemic.
11:30 p.m. -- Fewer than one in four hospital adult intensive-care unit beds statewide are empty, according to data updated Wednesday by the state Agency for Health Care Administration. The areas with the most beds filled HERE.
11:00 p.m. -- Staff members at nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be required to be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks under a pair of emergency rules issued Wednesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration. More details HERE.
10:30 p.m. -- FOX 35 Orlando uncovered data that shows that things may be worse in Osceola County, even with the mask mandate. Find out why HERE.
10:00 p.m. -- Seminole County health officials say COVID-19 cases are on the rise, specifically near the University of Central Florida (UCF) area. They have traced the positive cases back to bar visits during the holiday weekend. With that knowledge, lawmakers are calling on stricter enforcement safety guidelines. Read more HERE.
8:00 p.m. -- Oviedo’s 32765 zipcode has been declared a COVID-19 hotspot, as officials say that 100 people have tested positive for the virus there since June 8th, continuing a recent spike in Seminole County. More details HERE.
7:30 p.m. -- The City of Melbourne is using federal funding to pay the power bills, rent, or mortgage payments of struggling residents. How to apply HERE.
7:00 p.m. -- A plan to close Park Avenue on Father’s Day to allow for more outdoor dining space on the street has been canceled by the city. Find out why HERE.
6:30 p.m. -- 100 people, including 85 inmates, at the Lake County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19. More details HERE.
6:00 p.m. -- The Trump administration on Wednesday released a new and simplified forgiveness application for small business owners who received a loan through the government-backed Paycheck Protection Program. Read more HERE.
5:45 p.m. -- More than 4 million individuals have recovered from COVID-19 around the world, days after 8 million cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed globally, according to the most recent data available from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Details HERE.
5:30 p.m. -- The next time that someone asks if they can pet your dog, you might want to say no. Health officials said that pets can catch COVID-19 from humans. More recommendations from health officials HERE.
5:00 p.m. -- Frontline workers rallied in Tallahassee on Wednesday, asking for more money and stronger safety protections. Read more HERE.
4:30 p.m. -- As coronavirus cases in Florida continue to rise, the Orlando International Airport will require all employees to wear face masks, they announced on Wednesday. Details HERE.
4:00 p.m. -- New Zealand’s Ministry of Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 within in the country Tuesday. The new cases come just weeks after New Zealand discharged its last COVID-19 patient and declared the country’s hospitals free of patients being treated for the virus on May 27. Read more HERE.
3:30 p.m. -- Dr. Ashish Jha, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, called the upcoming Trump rally “an extraordinarily dangerous move for the people participating and the people who may know them and love them and see them afterward." More details on why HERE.
3:00 p.m. -- In parts of Florida, people under the age of 35 are testing positive for the coronavirus at a higher rate since the pandemic began, contributing to a recent surge in the number of cases in the state, officials said Wednesday. More details HERE.
2:00 p.m. -- Dr. Fauci is cautioning Major League Baseball (MLB) to not wrap up their postseason in September, rather than go through November like many players want. He is warning that he would avoid playing past the summer months. See what he said HERE.
1:15 p.m. -- The Orlando Fire Department announced on Wednesday that seven of its firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19. All of the firefighters, and those who came in contact with them, are in self-isolation, according to Chief Benjamin Barksdale Jr.
12:00 p.m. -- The Orlando International Airport says they conducted 500 coronavirus tests over 3 days last week--and there has been some confusion about how many actually tested positive. Details HERE.
11:00 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health says there are now 82,719 cases in the state, rising by 2,610 since Tuesday. The death toll is up by 25 bringing the total to 3,018.
9:30 a.m. -- At least 16 customers have tested positive for the coronavirus after spending a night out at a Florida bar earlier this month, which also saw seven employees infected with the virus, according to multiple reports.
7:30 a.m. -- Many are now urging the governor to mandate wearing face masks in public. A group of doctors brought their COVID concerns to the governor's mansion, speaking out quite clearly on one issue.
5:30 p.m. -- Saying society needs to "function," Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed Tuesday to keep Florida open despite a recent surge in the number of people infected with COVID-19.
5:00 a.m. -- As businesses reopen across the U.S. after coronavirus shutdowns, many are requiring customers and workers to sign forms saying they won’t sue if they catch COVID-19.
4:30 a.m. -- Some U.S. airlines say passengers could be punished if they refuse to wear a mask. Passengers who defy directions to cover their faces during a flight may be blacklisted and unable to fly with the airline for a period of time.
4:00 a.m. -- The latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health show that there have been 80,109 cases of coronavirus statewide, resulting in 2,993 deaths. That is an additional 2,783 cases and 55 deaths since Monday morning.
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 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 can now operate with 50 percent capacity indoors and full capacity outside as long as appropriate social distancing is followed. Only seated patrons can receive service.
- 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 COVIDemail@example.com.
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Globally, there have been over 8.2 million COVID-19 cases, resulting in over 445,000 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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