Will the coronavirus ever go away?
WASHINGTON – Will the coronavirus ever go away? The virus emerged in late 2019 and it’s difficult to predict how it will behave over the long term. But many experts believe it’s likely the disease will eventually ease from a crisis to a nuisance like the common cold. The only virus that’s ever been eradicated from the human population is smallpox. __The AP is answering your questions about the coronavirus in this series.
What exactly is a variant of COVID-19 and where are they spreading around the world?
A little over a year ago the world was introduced to what would soon become a very out of control and very deadly virus -- COVID-19. The CDC said the virus that causes COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus, a large family of viruses. Since the coronavirus was first discovered, multiple new variants of the virus have been documented in the United States and around the world. This variant was first detected in the United States at the end of December 2020. “So far, we’re pretty convinced that the people that are vaccinated, like myself, are still immune to coronavirus, to COVID-19,” Husty said.
More cases of UK COVID-19 variant reported in Central Florida
This Sept. 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a clinician preparing to administer investigational Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Johnson & Johnson said Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 that in the U.S. and seven other countries, the first single-shot vaccine appears 66% effective overall at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – More cases of a COVID-19 variant that originated in the U.K. have been reported in Central Florida, according to officials. [TRENDING: Video shows deputy Tasing student | How to get the vaccine in Fla. | NASA tests new moon rocket]AdSeminole County reported six cases of the variant, three were detected in Osceola County and two cases were reported in Orange County. According to Dr. Raul Pino, with the Florida Department of Health, the cases in Orange County were from two people visiting the area.
'I cry every day': Virus hits French nursing homes anew
Medical personnel of a nursing home awaiting French Health Minister Olivier Veran in Clamart, south of Paris, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Virus pressure is mounting at French nursing homes, where more than 400 people with the virus have died in the past week. “I cry every day,” said Patricia Deliry, 81, whose daughter usually provides daily assistance at her Paris care home but has been kept away for the past two weeks as part of the home's virus protection efforts. Germany launched a similar antigen test effort at nursing homes this week. France is currently under a new partial lockdown as overall virus hospitalizations and deaths have risen sharply in recent weeks, but nursing homes are allowed to stay open if they take precautions.
Florida reports 112 new COVID-19 related deaths, more than 10,000 new cases
As Florida inches closer to reopening schools and sees guests headed back to theme parks, the state continues to report cases of COVID-19 by the thousands. In Florida, a total of 19,334 patients have been hospitalized due to severe cases of the respiratory illness. The new statistics bring Floridas total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 301,810 since the disease was first detected in the state on March 1. The state reported 112 new resident deaths and zero new non-resident death in Florida on Wednesday, making for a cumulative total of 4,521 COVID-19 related resident deaths and 105 non-resident deaths, bringing the overall state death toll to 4,617. Previously, the theme park strongly recommended and encouraged face masks to be worn inside the park, but the use of face coverings will now be mandatory.
33 students, 5 adults in quarantine after Tavares football players test positive for COVID-19
TAVARES, Fla. Thirty-three students and five adults are quarantining for 14 days after two students on the Tavares High School football team tested positive for COVID-19. The students and adults at the practice took shelter in a field house where they were unable to maintain social distancing, a spokesperson for LCPS said. A couple of days later, we learned that two students tested positive for the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, we asked all of the students (33 total) and the five adults who were with them to quarantine for 14 days, a district spokesperson said in an email. District officials said they have not received any reports of anyone else from the group being symptomatic or testing positive for COVID-19.
Legoland to require face masks as Winter Haven enacts emergency ordinance
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – If you’re planning a trip to Legoland or Winter Haven, you’ll now need to pack a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19. On Monday, Winter Haven commissioners unanimously voted to enact an emergency ordinance that would require “every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Winter Haven” to wear a face mask in any indoor space, other than an individual’s home, when social distancing is not possible. Since Legoland falls under Winter Haven city limits, the theme park will now require guests to wear a face mask to be in compliance with the emergency ordinance. Previously, the theme park strongly recommended and encouraged face masks to be worn inside the park, but the use of face coverings will now be mandatory. For the water park, masks are only recommended for use when they are dry,” park officials said on the theme park’s website.
There was a severe need:' Sorority helps bring COVID-19 testing to minority communities
ORLANDO, Fla. A local sorority is teaming up with churches in the Orlando area to bring coronavirus testing to minority communities. On Thursday, the first test location opened at the New Covenant Baptist Church on S. Rio Grande Avenue. We recognized there was a severe need to get testing to communities that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, Williams said. In recent weeks, increases in coronavirus testing have led to delays in results across the state. Testing is from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the following locations:July 9 - 10: New Covenant Baptist Church, 2210 S. Rio Grande Ave., OrlandoJuly 14: Mt.
WATCH LIVE: Gov. Ron DeSantis hold news briefing in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to hold a news briefing at 2:30 p.m. in Jacksonville Thursday with U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, according to a release. DeSantis will hold the briefing at the Jacksonville Port Authority, but the topic of his address was not immediately available. You can view the governors briefing at 2:30 p.m. in the video player above.
Satellite Beach to require face masks for all employees, patrons at essential businesses
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. – The City of Satellite Beach will now mandate that all essential businesses require masks for all patrons and employees. The mandate was approved at the city’s council meeting Monday and considers grocery stores, drug stores, convenience stores and gas stations under its essential business provision. “The Emergency Ordinance also requires all other businesses to post their mask/face coverings policy on the front entry doorway of the business to advise customers entering the businesses,” city officials said in a news release. “We do not want to experience another shutdown within our community.”Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker said she is grateful the mask mandate was put into place. “I am grateful for the leadership of our City Council who determined it was in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of our City residents to formally adopt the Emergency Ordinances,” Barker said in a news release.
Volusia County sheriff unhappy with how Florida reports cases of COVID-19 within communities
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood shared in a social media post that hes not happy with how the Florida Department of Health reports cases of COVID-19. The sheriff had been posting updates on social media that included addresses and areas that had been flagged as locations of possible cases of the coronavirus. I have said that Im not in favor of a government-enforced mask mandate. But I believe the private sector - our grocery stores, restaurants, retailers of all kinds - are in a unique position to create a mask mandate that makes sense, Chitwood said. If the store tells me I need to wear a mask to come in and shop for what I need, then Im wearing a mask.
Florida reports nearly 10,000 new cases but positivity rate shows first signs of slowing
ORLANDO, Fla. As cases of COVID-19 continue to climb across the state Wednesday, Gov. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 9,989 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 333 new hospitalizations. On July 1, the Florida Department of Health began reporting resident and non-resident deaths as separate categories. The state reported 48 new resident deaths and zero new non-resident deaths in Florida on Wednesday, for a cumulative total of 3,889 resident deaths and 102 non-resident deaths. With the new cases reported as of Wednesday morning, Floridas daily positivity rate was 14.15%.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts announces unprecedented layoffs due to COVID-19 pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. Rosen Hotels & Resorts announced what the company is calling a substantial reduction in workforce across multiple locations due to the extreme business circumstances caused by the global pandemic, a news release read. Company officials said in a news release that the layoffs will impact all properties and departments and will become effective July 31.It is with deep personal regret that I announce a significant downsizing of staff at Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Never in the 46-year history of my company would I have envisioned such a drastic decision, Harris Rosen, President and COO, said in a release. Health plan premiums were deferred since March 27 for all associates, Kimberly said. Associates affected by layoffs will not be required to reimburse the company for their health plan balances.
Feds charge Florida man, sons with selling fake COVID-19 cure
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. A Florida man and his three sons are facing federal charges that they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical mixture as a miracle cure for the coronavirus and other diseases, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. A Miami federal judge in April ordered the self-styled church to stop selling the substance, but it was ignored. Charged in the criminal complaint are Mark Grenon, 62, and his sons, Jonathan Grenon, 34, Jordan Grenon, 26, and Joseph Grenon, 32. Records in Miami federal court Wednesday did not list attorneys for any of the Grenons. The list includes hospitals with large ICUs such as Tampa General, Baptist Hospital of Miami and UF Health Jacksonville.
Cocoa Beach leaders to discuss face mask mandate to curb spread of COVID-19
COCOA BEACH, Fla. The city of Cocoa Beach is set to hold a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss whether or not to put a face mask mandate in place as cases of COVID-19 continue to climb. The mandate would need to be approved by the city commission and would require face mask use for every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Cocoa Beach wear a face covering in any indoor public location, other than their home or residence, and in any public outdoor location when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding family members or companions, according to city officials. While Brevard does not have a county-wide mandate requiring face mask use, some popular businesses have put mask rules into place to protect staff and guests. The Cocoa Beach Pier announced July 3 that it would require all guests to wear a face mask. Bars will remain closed per state guidelines, but beverage service is available at our tables, pier leaders said in a post.
Florida continues to report thousands of new COVID-19 cases as rate of infection rises
As teachers across Florida prepare for in-person classes in about a month, thousands of cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported throughout the state. Despite the objection from some teachers, Florida schools will open this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a statewide executive order issued Monday. [MORE DETAILS: Florida schools ordered to reopen next month]A day after the order was issued, the Florida Department of Health reported 7,347 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, as well as 380 new hospitalizations. With the new cases reported Monday morning, Floridas daily positivity rate was 16.27%, an increase by nearly 2 points. Ron DeSantis on Monday said he was not concerned about the theme parks contributing to the current increase in COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterates commitment to curbing the spread of COVID-19 in long term care facilities
Ron DeSantis held a news briefing Monday in Miami to discuss COVID-19 updates and said he would continue to allocate resources to long term care facilities across the state to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in vulnerable demographics. Ron DeSantis, UF Health doctors remain optimistic despite Floridas increasing COVID-19 numbers]DeSantis said the partnership to create the care center came as Florida worked to combat the spread of COVID-19 in communities of older individuals, especially by upping health and safety measures at long term care facilities. Part of that stemmed from policies in which long term care residents who were COVID positive in the hospital. The governor also said that consistent COVID-19 tests would continue to be administered at long term care facilities on a two-week basis. Weve now have a rule in place per Secretary Mayhew that all staff members of long term care facilities, need to be tested every two weeks.
Free mobile COVID-19 testing coming to The Villages
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) THE VILLAGES, Fla. Residents in The Villages will now have another option for COVID-19 testing with Statlab Mobile, a clinical laboratory on wheels working with the State of Florida and Floridas Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) on bringing mobile COVID-19 testing to vulnerable communities across the state, according to a news release. Statlab will offer free testing at the following locations on the following dates:Laurel Manor Recreation Center, 1985 Laurel Manor Dr., The Villages - Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Rohan Recreation Center, 850 Kristine Way, Wildwood - Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.A spokesperson with Statlab said the mobile unit will be offering walk-up testing.
Volusia County Department of Health offering COVID-19 testing at 2 locations
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. The Volusia County Department of Health announced it would begin offering free COVID-19 testing to the public on Wednesday. According to a news release, testing will be available by appointment only at two locations in Volusia County, weather permitting:1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach. To schedule an appointment at this location, please call 386-871-3462775 Harley Strickland Blvd., Orange City. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to provide consent for testing, department officials said. The Department of Health will be using the (PCR) swab for testing.
Lake County opens 3 locations for COVID-19 testing
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. Lake County is opening three COVID-19 testing locations beginning Monday and will be open to residents until Friday. Adult Medicine of Lake County is offering COVID-19 swab tests and antibody tests for residents and non-residents for $20 each. According to officials, no symptoms are required to be tested and no appointments are necessary at either location. The Florida Department of Health in Lake County will be offering COVID-19 tests from 9 a.m. to noon, on a first-come, first-serve basis for residents and nonresidents, including children. Officials said that testing will be offered at the site for those who are 18 or older.
Florida reports 6,336 new COVID-19 cases as Disney theme parks near reopening
As many Floridians return to work after a long holiday weekend and many prepare to head back to theme parks after months of furloughs, the state continues to see a rise in cases of COVID-19 cases. On Monday, the Florida Department of Health reported 6,336 new cases of COVID-19, as well as new 150 hospitalizations. With the new cases reported Monday morning, Floridas daily positivity rate was 14.97%. On Saturday, the state reported 11,458 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the largest single-day increase Floridians have seen since the pandemic began. The parks were closed in mid-March as coronavirus cases increased in Florida.
Travel advisory in effect for Florida travelers heading to Chicago as COVID-19 cases climb
ORLANDO, Fla. Chicago now wants travelers from Florida to quarantine for 14 days as soon as they arrive in Chicago. Stephanie Kramer lives in Chicago and was flying out of Orlando International Airport on Monday after spending the 4th of July weekend in Tampa. Chicago joined several states including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut requiring visitors from hot spot states, like Florida, to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. "if you are a Chicago resident and you traveled to one of these states, when you return you need to stay home for 14 days. On Monday, the Florida Department of Health reported 6,336 new cases of COVID-19, as well as new 150 hospitalizations.
Cocoa Beach Pier now requires all guests to wear face masks as COVID-19 pandemic continues
COCOA BEACH, Fla. If youre planning a trip to the Cocoa Beach Pier, youll need to pack a face mask in your beach bag as the pier will now require all guests to wear one. The pier made the announcement on social media Friday as people flocked to Brevard County beaches to beat the heat and enjoy the long holiday weekend. According to an Instagram post, the pier will require all guests to wear a mask in an effort to keep guests as safe as possible. Bars will remain closed per state guidelines, but beverage service is available at our tables, pier leaders said in a post. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter and go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Brevard County hotels sell out ahead of July Fourth as beaches stay open
COCOA BEACH, Fla. In May, management of the Sea Aire Motel was excited to be welcoming back its first guests since the pandemic. Chet Ross and his family from Leesburg are celebrating Independence Day in Cocoa Beach for their twenty-fifth year. This week, Cocoa Beach decided to limit group sizes on the beach to ten or fewer for the next two months. And while the Ross family will be enjoying the beach, Shari Wardlaw said she's getting away. Wardlaw stays in Cocoa Beach for the summer, but this weekend she said she's going to her place in Orlando to avoid all the people.
Florida reports over 10,000 new cases of COVID-19
The state reported a total of **** resident deaths and **** non-resident deaths Thursday, for a cumulative total of **** deaths. The new method of reporting COVID-19 related deaths across the state comes as Sen. Linda Stewart tweeted Wednesday that the state may take a new approach to reporting hospitalizations as well. The city of New Smyrna Beach approved a face mask mandate Wednesday, following Daytona Beachs lead. While both cities approved the mandate, Volusia as a whole has not approved required face mask use county-wide. Allegiant Air is now requiring travelers to wear a face mask for the duration of their flight, while American Airlines resumed booking flights to capacity Wednesday.
Florida reports record-breaking 10,109 new cases of COVID-19
On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health reported a record-breaking 10,109 new cases of COVID-19 since the same time the day before, as well as 67 new Florida-resident deaths, 1 new non-resident death, and 325 new hospitalizations. The state reported a total of 3,617 resident deaths and 101 non-resident deaths Thursday, for a cumulative total of 3,718 deaths. The new method of reporting COVID-19 related deaths across the state comes as Sen. Linda Stewart tweeted Wednesday that the state may take a new approach to reporting hospitalizations as well. The city of New Smyrna Beach approved a face mask mandate Wednesday, following Daytona Beachs lead. While both cities approved the mandate, Volusia as a whole has not approved required face mask use county-wide.
New Smyrna Beach City Commission votes to require face masks in public as COVID-19 pandemic continues
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. New Smyrna Beach city commissioners voted 3-2 Wednesday to mandate the wearing of face coverings in public. Resolution No. 23-20 will require residents and visitors to wear face coverings in public, but will not be enforced by police nor carry any penalties for non-compliance. 17, 2020, officials said in a news release. To date, there have been 45 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19.
COVID-19: Hundreds more hospitalized across Florida as state reports 145 deaths
On Wednesday morning, the Florida Department of Health reported 6,563 new cases of COVID-19 since approximately the same time the day previous, as well as 145 new deaths and 245 new hospitalizations. These new statistics bring the total number of coronavirus infections to 158,997 since the virus was first detected in the state on March 1, as well as a total of 3,650 deaths and 14,825 hospitalizations. The state does not report the number of current patients in hospitals with the coronavirus, but rather the overall total. The state also does not share the number of individuals who have recovered from the disease after being diagnosed. In May, Florida met some of those standards for reopening but now the state doesnt meet any according to the FDOH data.
Florida reports 6,093 new cases of COVID-19, 58 new deaths
The heightened precautions come as Florida continues to report high numbers of newly reported coronavirus cases. On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 6,093 new cases of COVID-19 since approximately the same time the day before, as well as 58 new deaths and 226 new hospitalizations. Experts are warning Americans that if the upward trend in new COVID-19 cases doesnt taper off, consequences could be severe. About two weeks later, Florida began reporting large amounts of new COVID-19 cases being diagnosed. On Monday, the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard showed there have been 10,417,063 cases of COVID-19 globally with 509,474 total deaths.
Coronavirus: Sanford business owners react to county-wide face mask mandate
SANFORD, Fla. Dolores Romano is the owner of Totally Yours gift shop in Sanford and starting on Wednesday, shell have to tell her customers theyll need to wear a mask to go inside. The mask mandate goes into effect in Seminole County on Wednesday. "We have to do what we have to do not just for ourselves but for the people around us you know," Romano said. Officials said businesses can face penalties for not following the rules, though for now, there are no penalties for individuals. He said he supports the mask mandate in hopes of keeping his customers healthy from the virus.
Drive-thru coronavirus testing coming to Volusia Fairgrounds
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. Family Health Source will be offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Volusia Fairgrounds from July 7-9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone wishing to get tested can pre-register at familyhealthsource.org and should bring a valid photo I.D. Officials at the site said test results should be available when 72 hours. The Volusia Fairgrounds is located at 3150 E. New York Ave, DeLand. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Employees at 4 more Brevard Publix locations test positive for COVID-19
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. New coronavirus cases have been reported among employees at several Brevard County Publix locations in the past week, according to a corporate spokesperson for the company, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. Four additional stores in Satellite Beach, Suntree, Cocoa and Melbourne have reported having employees test positive for the novel coronavirus since June 22. This brings the total to nine separate locations with reported cases among employees. Employees who test positive are given paid leave for 14 days and required to quarantine until they test negative for the coronavirus. Publix also requires quarantine and paid leave for up to 14 days for associates who have been in close contact with an associate who tests positive.
Love in the time of coronavirus: Use this calculator to see if your wedding will be impacted by COVID-19
If youre like me, or my fellow newly married teammate Bri Volz, COVID-19 has thrown a major wrench in wedding planning. We both had to cancel and postpone our weddings due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while Im hopeful my redo date will pan out, a new COVID wedding calculator isnt inspiring much hope. We asked a wedding planner]Online wedding planning tool With Joy has developed a wedding planning calculator to help brides and grooms determine how at risk their wedding plans are at the hands of the pandemic. The process is simple: log onto the site, enter your wedding date, answer a few questions about your wedding and guests who will be attending and the site will generate your results. Joys COVID Wedding Calculator helps couples determine if their wedding is at risk of being impacted by COVID-19, indicates the level of changes that may be necessary to their plans, and provides an overview of changes to consider making, a spokesperson said in a news release.
Volusia County dodges face mask mandate, allows beaches to remain open despite COVID-19 spike
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. The Volusia County Council continues to recommend rather than enforce a mask mandate in the county, however, the city of Daytona Beach now requires residents and visitors to wear masks when inside public places. The county launched its Step Up Volusia campaign on Monday that includes a website showing residents and public officials following CDC guidelines. Another hot topic discussed was Volusia County beaches. County leaders decided to keep beaches open days after officials in South Florida closed theirs to try and limit the spread of COVID-19. Council officials said the county invested in more than 140 sandwich boards to remind beachgoers to social distance and continue using conservation poles to space out cars.
We have to do whats right: Seminole County leaders urge residents to take action against the spread of COVID-19
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. Seminole County officials and local hospital leaders met Monday to provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. At one point here in Seminole County, we did flatten the curve we were successful in doing that, Jay Zembower, Board of County Commissioners Chairman, said. The chairman also urged county residents to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, despite some critics who believe the pandemic is rooted in policy. We have to do whats right.[RELATED: Seminole County requiring residents to wear masks as COVID-19 continues to spread | Were going to be New York: Seminole County officials stress importance of testing as COVID-19 cases surge]Donna Walsh, Florida Department of Health in Seminole Health Officer, said the current numbers of infection in the county is cause for worry. I mean, thats all were really asking to do whats right we really dont want to penalize anybody.
Marine Science Center closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. The Marine Science Center announced Monday that it would temporarily close to the public after a contracted staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The Marine Science Center has temporarily closed to the public so the facility can re-evaluate best practices for safe physical distancing for visitors to the popular facility. The steps were taken after a contracted staff member tested positive for COVID-19.Leaders at the center said they are working with the Florida Department of Health on any testing or self-quarantine measures that may be needed, and that the employee learned of the positive test results over the weekend. The Marine Science Center began its phased reopening June 6 after being closed for weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will remain at the center to care for the animals housed there during the closure.
CBP to reopen Global Entry Enrollment Center July 6 amid COVID-19 pandemic
Beginning July 6, conditionally approved Global Entry, applicants will be able to complete in-person interviews at LAX Global Entry Enrollment Center, officials said on the CBP website. Applicants must schedule enrollment center interviews in advance via the applicants Trusted Traveler Programs account.Appointments will no longer be accepted at the Long Beach enrollment center location as it will be permanently closed. Officials with CBP said the agency temporarily suspended operations at Trusted Traveler Programs enrollment centers on March 19 to as the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread, but the Enrollment on Arrival program has remained operational. CBP personnel at enrollment centers will be required to wear agency-approved masks when interacting with the public. CBP is also coordinating with its partners to increase the cleaning frequency of surfaces in the enrollment centers, according to agency officials.
US could see large uptick of COVID-19 deaths in July, new models show
A study by the University of Washingtons Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation found that if the nation continues to see an elevated infection rate, the US could see an increase of COVID-19 deaths in a range between 159,497 and 213,715. Florida reported 9,585 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, a record high for the state with more new cases than entire states reported alone. While the number of new COVID-19 cases remains high, the number of coronavirus-related deaths has stayed relatively low in the state compared to new infections. About two weeks later, Florida began reporting large amounts of new COVID-19 cases being diagnosed. On Monday, the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard showed there have been 10,173,722 cases of COVID-19 globally with 502,517 total deaths.
Trust Index: Can we count on summer heat to beat the COVID-19 pandemic?
A few months ago, when the virus had just hit the state, health experts speculated that summer heat may slow the spread of the virus. As Florida finds itself further into the summer months, cases of COVID-19 continue to skyrocket. These numbers seem to indicate that despite hot weather, the COVID-19 pandemic continues with force. Although there are many illnesses that destruct with heat and humidity, this usually occurs in ideal situations. The medical community needs much more research and data to definitively determine the effects of heat and humidity on the virus.
Trust Index: Does AC spread coronavirus? Experts say not really
But with a highly contagious virus still among the Central Florida community, is it safe to stay indoors and enjoy the air conditioning? Ron DeSantis held a news conference Friday where he posed doubt over the safety of air conditioning amid the pandemic. Air conditioning units and the spread of COVID-19 is a complicated question, but to date, there have not been large concerns or reported cases of widespread transmission due to an air conditioning unit, Bahl said. The questions surrounding air conditioning units depend on the type of air being circulated. It was hypothesized that an air conditioning unit could have been a contributing factor (to the spread of COVID-19), however not all individuals at the restaurant were infected.
Daytona Beach site for underserved community sets COVID-19 testing record
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. A steady stream of cars rolled into a testing site on Jean Street in Daytona Beach Thursday morning, while others like Bernadette and Al Reeves walked up to get tested for COVID-19. "I don't want to give anybody something that I don't know that I have. Sasha Staton, spokesperson for the Daytona Beach Fire Department said 668 people tested in four hours on Wednesday, a record-breaking number for Volusia County; officials said 582 people were tested at the site Thursday. The Florida Department of Health reported a record-high, single-day increase for Volusia County at 95 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Daytona Beach Fire Department said within two hours on Thursday, 150 people were tested.
CVS opens new COVID-19 testing sites in Central Florida
CVS Pharmacy announced Thursday that COVID-19 testing sites would be coming to 38 of its Florida locations, two of which opened locally in Central Florida. The opening of these new sites reflects the companys commitment to meeting ongoing demand for testing, as well as expanding testing capacity to respond to a surge in new COVID-19 cases, officials with CVS said in a news release. CVS sends test samples to an independent, third-party lab for processing, and the results are available in approximately three days. The CVS locations opened Thursday in Central Florida include:CVS Pharmacy, 5010 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33813CVS Pharmacy, 3212 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806A complete list of CVS Pharmacy drive-thru test sites can be found here. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Heres how you can avoid waiting for hours in long lines to get tested for COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. The line began to form outside the Orange County Convention Center at 1 a.m. for coronavirus testing, eight hours before it opened. The reason the lines are long at the Orange County Convention Center is its free and no appointment needed versus here where you need an appointment, Dr. Marcia Katz, Associate Dean at UCFs College of Medicine said. Premier Medical Associates also hosts several other locations offering COVID-19 testing. Premier Medical Associates has 12 people screening calls for those who want to be tested. Lina Cohen, Premier Medical Associates vice president of patient care, calls the group the corona team.Craig Esquenazi is the director of operations and general counsel at Premier Medical Associates in the Villages.
Orange County man recovering after 47 days in a coma due to COVID-19
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. An Orange County resident spent 47 days fighting for his life at an Orlando hospital. Juan Montao Matamoros was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April, and while he was in self-quarantine, his conditioned worsened toward the end of his isolation. Lleg la ambulancia por mi y yo sal caminando. "Yo no saba lo que estaba pasando, sino que ya cuando yo despert dije ya me quiero ir pa' mi casa. Me quise parar de la cama, no tena fuerzas en los brazos y ni en los pies," Juan said he didn't know what was happening when he awoke.
New record: Florida sees all-time high of 5,511 newly reported COVID-19 cases
Ron DeSantis called an explosion of COVID-19 cases. The Florida Department of Health reported a record-shattering 5,511 new cases of COVID-19 since approximately the same time the day before, as well as 43 new deaths and 258 more hospitalizations. This is the most cases reported in a single day since the pandemic hit Florida in early March. The new statistics bring the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Florida since the disease was first reported in the state on March 1 to 109,014 with a total of 3,281 deaths and 13,574 hospitalizations. A report by the FDOH showed that the city of Orlando has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, with 4,550 confirmed infections; the only city with more reported cases is Miami with 16,353 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Florida cracking down on bars, restaurants that violate COVID-19 social distancing guidelines
ORLANDO, Fla. While theres no plans to shut down businesses as coronavirus cases continue to increase daily by the thousands, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday the state will be focusing its efforts on cracking down on bars and restaurants that refuse to abide by safety protocols designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. As weve moved forward here, the guidelines are in place for a reason, youre not doing it just to do it. In Florida, the median age of patients has trended younger and younger in recent weeks as college-aged residents resume social activities. Theyre going to be a little bit more likely to have cases in that age, in that cohort, DeSantis said.
Clermont Brewery closes after staff members test positive for COVID-19
CLERMONT, Fla. A popular Clermont brewery took to social media to announce they would be closing their doors temporarily after two employees tested positive for COVID-19. All employees temperatures are checked daily, masks worn and strict sterilization practiced at all times. The two staff were sent home Saturday morning before their shift, tested and quarantined. The staff worked the week leading up to Saturday, test results were received today.[RELATED: Most Florida businesses asking customers to wear masks]The Clermont Brewing Company is among many other bars and restaurants in Central Florida that have made the voluntary decision to close as employees and staff test positive for COVID-19. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Orange County mayor reiterates face mask importance as COVID-19 cases rise, skew younger
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings addressed residents Monday, and again, stressed the importance of mandatory face mask use after the county saw 782 newly reported cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. Orange County Health Services is focusing free testing in more of the zip codes where we see significant numbers of new cases, Demings said. Note: Currently, hospitalizations are not as high here because many younger people have accounted for the majority of recent positive #COVID19 cases in the County. The new cases in Florida overall and in Orange County have been leaning younger in the past few weeks. #WearYourMask #SocialDistance @DohOrange Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) June 22, 2020From Sunday into Monday, the FDOH reported 243 new cases of coronavirus in Orange County as well as 49 new deaths.
Is it legal to require face mask use during a pandemic? Experts say yes, but heres the catch
On Monday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings addressed residents on his decision to require the use of face masks - an order that went into effect Saturday morning. I do see that happening, where a bit of peer pressure is taking effect.[READ MORE: Orange County mayor reiterates face mask importance as COVID-19 cases rise, skew younger]So that begs the question: Is it legal to require the use of a face mask in public? The American Civil Liberties Union said that mandating the use of a face mask would be much in the same vein of a restaurant being able to refuse service to a customer not following house rules. Analogously, if a face mask were to pose an occupational danger, you could refuse to wear one. Click here to find out how you can make face masks at home and where to find some for free.
Experts think Florida could be the next COVID-19 epicenter -- heres why
On Thursday, Florida saw its largest jump in newly reported cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 3,207 new cases reported - a number rivaling and smashing records not seen even when the state first shut down to control the spread of the disease. [UPDATE: Track Floridas rate of positive COVID-19 tests]The state of Florida saw a 12.55% daily positive rate for coronavirus on Thursday. The state of Florida saw a 12.55% daily positive rate for coronavirus on Thursday. This is the highest daily positive rate for COVID-19 tests in the month of June. The latest daily data from the Florida Department of Health shows 3,207 patients out of 25,556 people tested positive for COVID-19.
Floridas COVID-19 spike continues with 3,822 new cases shattering previous record
Ron DeSantis reopening plan, and the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases continue to worry health experts. On Friday, the Florida Department of Health reported 3,822 new COVID-19 cases since approximately the same time the day prior, as well as 43 new deaths. The new statistics bring the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Florida since the disease was first reported in the state on March 1 to 89,748 with 3,104 deaths. Orange County saw an increase of 374 more COVID-19 cases reported from Thursday into Friday. Click here for everything you need to know about wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
WATCH LIVE AT NOON: Gov. Ron DeSantis provides COVID-19 update as state continues to see increasing cases
Ron DeSantis is set to hold a news briefing in Miami on Friday at noon, but the topic of the briefing has not been disclosed. DeSantis will speak at Florida International University, and his announcement can be viewed in the video player above.
Free mobile COVID-19 testing sites coming to 2 Orlando locations next week
ORLANDO, Fla. The city of Orlando announced Friday that two new free, mobile COVID-19 testing sites would be opening up to residents wishing to get tested for the disease. The sites will be a drive-thru and pedestrian-accessible and will be held in communities that city officials say have had a higher prevalence in COVID-19 cases than surrounding communities. Anyone wanting to be tested must be 18 years or older and show a valid Orlando or Orange County ID. Residents can make an appointment by visiting orlando.gov/covid19testing, and appointment registration will open the Friday before each testing site date. The free, mobile sites will be located at:Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Northwest Neighborhood Center, 3955 W.D.
Orange County extends COVID-19 testing in Apopka, Zellwood neighborhoods
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Health officials in Orange County are extending testing in the Apopka and Zellwood areas next week and will be giving a packet of free face masks and hand sanitizer to each person tested. There are no criteria that needs to be met in order to be tested. Officials said online appointments are required and individuals must be an Orange County resident and at least 18 years of age. All testing sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.June 22: Farmworkers Association of Florida 1264 Apopka Blvd., Apopka, FL 32703 To schedule an appointment, visit, www.ocfl.net/FarmworkerAssociationJune 22 - 25: Legacy Middle School 11398 Lake Underhill Rd., Orlando, FL 32825 To schedule an appointment, visit, www.ocfl.net/LegacyMiddleJune 23: John Bridges Community Center 445 W 13th St., Apopka, FL 32703 To schedule an appointment, visit, www.ocfl.net/JohnBridgesJune 24 - 25: Neighborhood Center for Families/Zellwood 6565 Willow St., Zellwood, FL 32798 To schedule an appointment, visit, www.ocfl.net/ZellwoodFor more information on these sites and other testing sites in Orange County, visit, www.ocfl.net/covid19.
Florida reports record-shattering 3,207 new COVID-19 cases
Ron DeSantis reopening plan, newly reported cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the state. The Florida Department of Health on Thursday reported 3,207 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 43 new deaths. The new statistics bring the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Florida since the disease was first reported in the state on March 1 to 85,926, with 3,061 deaths and 12,577 total hospitalizations. On Tuesday, the state reported the largest jump in newly reported cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic hit the state, with 2,783 new cases. The chief said four of the seven firefighters are new hires going through the training academy, while the other three positive cases were from operational firefighters.
Florida sees second-highest daily reported increase with 2,610 new COVID-19 cases
After a record high number was reported 24 hours earlier, Florida saw 2,610 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and 25 additional deaths. With that increase, the statewide case total now sits at 82,719 while the death toll is at 3,018. On Tuesday, Florida saw the largest increase of new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day with 2,783 newly reported cases. Wednesday saw the second-largest increase of newly reported coronavirus cases on record for the state. At least a few restaurants and bars locally, and even more statewide, have closed after reporting COVID-19 positive customers or employees.
7 Orlando firefighters test positive for COVID-19, 64 more in quarantine, fire chief says
ORLANDO, Fla. Orlando Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale Jr. said at a coronavirus testing site Wednesday that seven firefighters across several stations throughout the city had tested positive for COVID-19 and another 64 firefighters were in quarantine or self-isolation due to contact concerns. The chief said four of those seven firefighters are new hires going through the training academy, while the other three positive cases were from operational firefighters. This comes as Orange County officials acknowledged a recent spike in COVID-19 case in the area Tuesday, reporting that the county saw 730 new COVID-19 cases last week alone, up 202% from the week before. When asked if he would consider scaling back reopening efforts in the city, Dyer said he will rely on the health care experts to advise us on any of that. I can tell you the percentage of positive cases has gone up over the last 7-10 days.
Florida reassess COVID-19 response as state reports record-high 2,783 new cases
Officials across Central Florida and throughout the state are considering taking a few steps back as they assess a recent, steady rise in newly reported cases of COVID-19. This is the largest jump in newly reported cases of COVID-19 since the disease was detected in the state on March 1. The new statistics bring the total number of coronavirus cases reported in Florida to 80,109, along with 2,993 total deaths. On Saturday, state health officials reported about 2,500 new cases of COVID-19, the second-highest number of newly reported cases in a single day. Demings said a lockdown could be put back in place to protect residents if newly reported cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.
We were so close to zero: Florida hits record high with 1,902 newly reported COVID-19 cases
Ron DeSantis phase 2 of reopening and an all-time high for the most reported COVID-19 cases in a single day. The Florida Department of Health on Friday reported 1,902 news cases of COVID-19 since about the same time the previous day, as well as 29 new deaths. Thursday saw the second-largest single-day increase in reported coronavirus cases on record in Florida, with 1,698 new cases and 47 newly reported deaths. These new statistics bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Florida since it was first detected in the state on March 1 to 70,971, as well as a total of 2,877 deaths. During a news conference Thursday, Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said the county has seen a pronounced uptick in COVID-19 cases.
Orange County to offer COVID-19 testing to seniors, residents with disabilities,
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced Friday that the county would be partnering with the Orlando Housing Authority to bring COVID-19 testing opportunities to vulnerable populations in the area, including seniors and those with disabilities. Our COVID-19 strike teams, which is made up of Health Services Department employees here within Orange County, and the Florida Department of Health and Orange County Fire Rescue will continue conducting testing next week, Demings said. The mayor also announced COVID-19 testing would return to a local elementary school to provide better access for residents. Let me say thanks to the Orange County Public Schools, (they) have been a tremendous partner with us and helping us expand the testing and reaching more residents here within Orange County.The testing site at the Orange County Convention Center has expanded its services from just COVID-19 testing to also include antibody testing, and Demings encouraged residents to utilize those services as well. They have been doing antibody testing for first responders or frontline workers, they have now expanded to allow antibody testing to the general public.
Gov. Ron DeSantis says most of Florida will enter phase 2 of reopening Friday
Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that the majority of the state would take another step in his reopening plan and move to phase two during an address at Universal Orlando. “Today as we take another step, we’re applying this to the 64 counties, and obviously going to work with the three southeast Florida counties, as we go forward,” DeSantis said. DeSantis said he would work with the three southeast counties to bring them up to speed with phase two of reopening in time. “It was more than a month ago, about five weeks ago where I announced the safe, smart step by step plan for Florida's recovery,” DeSantis said. Effective May 18th, all Florida counties were permitted to enter Full Phase 1 of the #SafeSmartStepbyStep Plan for Florida's Recovery.
Gov. Ron DeSantis to make announcement about Florida gyms reopening Friday
UPDATE: The governor announced that gyms and fitness studios can reopen Monday. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference Thursday that he would likely be making an announcement on Friday about the status for gyms reopening in the state of Florida. Under phase one reopening guidelines, gym and fitness centers have remained closed while other businesses not originally slated to open until phase two, like nail and hair salons, were allowed to reopen after pushback from owners. “Certain guidelines from the CDC, they think gyms are a problem, I think sanitation and if you’re in good shape you’re going to be okay, announcement on that tomorrow,” DeSantis said. Most of the people with infections tied to obesity, I always promoted outdoor activity.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announces Miami-Dade, Broward counties can enter phase 1 of reopening
Ron DeSantis held a news conference in Doral Thursday to announce that he would allow both Miami-Dade and Broward counties to enter phase one of his plan to reopen Florida. On May 3, the governor said that all Florida counties could enter phase one of reopening the following day except for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. DESANTIS EXECUTIVE ORDERThe three counties were singled out and excluded from reopening due to higher than average rates of coronavirus infections in the region. “These counties have seen the lion’s share of the state’s epidemic, but they are trending in a positive direction,” DeSantis said in March. [READ MORE: Everything you need to know about phase one of reopening Florida]“Dade and Broward both submitted plans that I have approved,” DeSantis said.
Want your stimulus payment via direct deposit? Wednesday is the deadline to give the IRS your info
Wednesday at noon is the deadline to provide the IRS with your direct deposit information, otherwise, you will have to wait for the physical paper copy of the check to be mailed to you. According to the IRS, about 130 million payments have been sent out thus far, but the agency said it will transition to sending primarily paper checks to deliver the remaining stimulus payments later this month. [RELATED: Will people on Social Security receive coronavirus stimulus money?] If you receive Social Security retirement benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, or Railroad Retirement and Survivor Benefits you should not fill out the aforementioned form, according to the IRS. The IRS must print and mail paper checks to Americans who did not file taxes electronically.
Third round of mobile coronavirus testing in Orange County includes Pine Hills stop
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County leaders announced new round of mobile coronavirus testing sites Wednesday, plus some new locations in the Winter Park area. Orange County has a staggering 1,460 cases of coronavirus, the highest case amount in Central Florida. ⚠️ #COVID19 TESTING SITES FOR 32822, 32825, 32792✅ Waterford Lakes site opens at Legacy Middle School, May 7-8. 🔵Must be 18 years+🔵OC residents only pic.twitter.com/2MKlqWkF5J — Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) May 6, 2020Anyone looking to get a free test will need to schedule an appointment prior. According to health officials, 10% of the people who tested positive for the coronavirus in Orange County displayed no symptoms, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Orlando mayor to announce new guidelines to help residents get back to work amid COVID-19 pandemic
Ron DeSantis’ reopening plan, many leaders on the local level are advocating for their communities, asking the governor for more relaxed allowances so their residents can get back to work. On Wednesday, DeSantis announced phase one of his reopening plan, which would allow many businesses shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic to reopen at a 25% capacity. However, the plan excludes many businesses that were hit hard by the economic shutdown, including hair salons, barbers and gyms. State officials will continue to monitor health care resources, including hospital bed capacity and personal protection equipment supplies. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Florida state parks to open Monday as part of phase 1 plan
Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he will open all state parks Monday as part of phase one of his plan to reopen Florida. “Today, I am announcing that as part of phase one, as of Monday, Florida’s world-renowned state parks system will be opening,” DeSantis said. “Opening the parks back up is consistent with my safe, smart, step-by-step plan to reopen Florida.”The governor said he based his decision to open state parks on a study conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. “When you’re talking about open spaces with appropriate distancing distancing, that is a very low-risk environment,” DeSantis said. “It’s also very high reward for the people of Florida because they can go out, they can get sunlight, they can get fresh air.
Osceola County to repeal curfew enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Osceola County leaders announced Thursday that they would, in conjunction with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to reopen Florida, repeal the county’s existing curfew on Monday. “Based on advice from our sheriff and other law enforcement agencies, we felt that removing the curfew on Monday would best serve our community as the state’s plan comes into place,” Osceola County Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer said. DeSantis’ latest order, even as our Osceola Back to Work committee remains committed to a framework that works best for our unique circumstances. At the time of the announcement, the Florida Department of Health reported 478 coronavirus cases, 128 hospitalizations and seven deaths as a result of the respiratory illness in Osceola County.
First responders hold parade in support of healthcare workers in Seminole County
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Law enforcement and fire departments are teaming up across Seminole County to show appreciation of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. [CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING: Daily ClickOrlando.com newsletter delivered to your inbox]Police and fire departments from Seminole County, Sanford, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs and Longwood are participating, as well as the county's office of emergency management. "They continue to come to work because they have a mission and that's to protect their communities," Seminole County Fire Chief Otto Drozd said. Wednesday's parade made stops at Central Florida Regional Hospital, AdventHealth Lake Mary and Orlando Health Lake Mary. Parades have also been scheduled for Friday at 6:30 a.m. outside AdventHealth Altamonte and Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. outside Orlando Health South Seminole.
Coronavirus cases surpass 32,000 as governor’s task force meets to plan Florida’s reopening
Orange County has announced new locations for free COVID-19 testing sites this week. Ron DeSantis’ Reopen Florida task force met again Monday to discuss plans to help Floridians return back to work. MORE: Re-Open Florida Task Force has Sunday deadline to get suggestions to governorThe Task Force to Re-open Florida announced that they have launched a public comment submission portal. Click here to access the online Task Force to Re-Open Florida Public Comment Submission form. MORE: Task Force to Re-open Florida launches public comment portalAs of Sunday, Flagler County beaches opened for physical activity and motion, county officials said.
Orange County task force: Reopen businesses with masks, temperature checks
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – How far apart can customers stay from each other? [MORE ORANGE COUNTY HEADLINES]He said if a Coronavirus vaccine is not developed, businesses and hospitals must continue health safety protocols as they reopen. Florida Department of Health Orange County Director Dr. Raul Pino said the number of positive Coronavirus cases, by percentage, continues to fall, even as testing increases. “Because it sounds like from this it could be weeks and weeks and weeks,” Whittall said. The task force meets again next Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.You can email your question to the task force by 5 p.m. the day before the meeting to email@example.com.
Florida coronavirus death toll reaches 867 as confirmed cases surpass 27,800
State leaders continue to mobilize coronavirus testing units as the number of Floridians infected by the disease grows each day. Currently, Florida has 27,869 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 867 deaths. In Central Florida, Volusia, Seminole, Polk and Osceola counties reported new fatalities Tuesday evening, along with a number of new positive cases. Ron DeSantis and the Re-Open Florida Task Force continued to meet virtually to discuss how best to reopen the state for business. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer tweeted that as the curve of new coronavirus cases flattens, the city moves closer to overcoming the pandemic.
Orange County mobile coronavirus testing starts Monday
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County is kicking off its mobile coronavirus testing sites this week. In less than 24 hours the park will transform into Orange County's first COVID-19 mobile testing site. RELATED: One-on-one with Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings | One percent of Florida’s population has been tested for COVID-19, officials sayOrange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino said the state health department is hoping to get a better idea of how widespread coronavirus is by bringing testing into communities. The FDOH announced the mobile testing site locations last week. Pino told News 6 on Friday they could add more dates depending on how this first round of mobile testing goes.
Confirmed coronavirus cases now at 21,019 as Florida expands COVID-19 testing criteria
Here is the breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases by Central Florida county. Orange County health officer Dr. Raul Pino said coronavirus patients must test negative twice in 24 hours before leaving isolation. Testing for COVID-19 continues throughout the state, and some testing sites are making changes to operations as confirmed cases of the disease continues to climb. We’re doing this to stop the spread of this virus,” Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said. On Monday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he won’t force Orange County residents to wear face masks in public, although they should do so because it could help save lives.
‘I think it’s a great step forward:’ Oviedo mayor supports CDC recommendation to wear face masks in public
OVIEDO, Fla. – Oviedo Mayor Megan Sladeck said federal health officials are taking the right steps after recommending healthy people wear face masks to protect themselves against COVID-19. She encouraged people to wear face masks while in public spaces before federal health officials supported the idea. On Friday, the CDC announced new guidelines that said people should wear masks to stop people from transmitting the virus before they know they have it. On Saturday News 6 saw some shoppers in Oviedo wearing face masks and others were not. Sladek is hoping more people will wear face masks now that health officials are on board.
Helping the homeless in Bradenton could worsen outbreak
Unfortunately, not everyone who helps the homeless is doing the same, nor are some of the homeless helping themselves during this coronavirus pandemic. “Unfortunately, what’s happening is the homeless are taking advantage of that and are crowding onto those buses,” said Laura Licoski, founder of Facing Homelessness, Bradenton. “That message clearly isn’t getting through to a lot of people.”TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY DURING PANDEMICBrown is known in the homeless community as a straight shooter kind of guy. “I don’t ask nobody for help and I don’t steal from anyone even though they steal from me.”Brown is frustrated with how the homeless community is handling the crisis. Brown said the homeless community is very much aware of the coronavirus and if behaviors in their own community don’t change, “I don’t think they can handle it.
Winter Garden businesses post ‘survival number’ of customers needed daily
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – With a statewide stay at home order set to go into effect, local businesses are struggling to stay afloat. A dozen of the businesses still open in downtown Winter Garden recently shared the survival numbers they need to meet every day in order to stay open. Here’s what it means]The number can be measured in as each business chooses including meals, olive oil sold, or cups of coffeeChris Chan and “We Are Winter Garden” compiled the list on Facebook. Business owners told News 6 these “survival numbers” fluctuate and differ throughout the week, based on expected demand. Hill set her number at 25 customers, the absolutely bare minimum needed to stay afloat.
‘You need to stay at home:’ Brevard shares coronavirus update amid statewide order
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Officials in Brevard County held a news conference Wednesday to discuss Gov. DeSantis’s executive order following the rising number of coronavirus cases in Florida. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said it was sifting through the 40-page order to see what additional stores or businesses needed to be closed. The news conference included Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Commission Chair Bryan Lober, Brevard County Health Officer Maria Stahl, and Public Safety Director Matt Wallace. Brevard County Health Officer Maria Stahl informed the community that they should expect the number of cases to increase as time goes on.
Orange County COVID-19 testing site changes test criteria including age limit
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Dozens of vehicles lined up outside the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday as the state eased restrictions at its regional coronavirus testing site. At the location, which opened March 25, testing was previously reserved for first responders, medical workers and anyone 65 or over who showed symptoms of COVID-19. "This test is here to help people, so if you fall into that category we welcome you to be tested. The new guidelines come after the location received an additional 1,000 coronavirus testing kits, according to Luna. If you fit that criteria, we will test you,” Luna said.
Wild Florida closes all experiences except drive-thru safari
Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park in Kenansville has announced at it would be shutting down all of its experiences except one. “Wild Florida will suspend all airboat tours, animal encounters and admission to its Gator Park starting Monday, March 23,” the company website said. However, our Drive-thru Safari Park will remain open as it practices social distancing. #WildFlorida pic.twitter.com/QOaAJHFuPk — Wild Florida (@WildFlorida) March 21, 2020According to Wild Florida, the drive-thru safari will be the only experience available for families. “The drive-thru safari design wasn’t set up to manage this type of crisis, but it’s definitely proving to be a great solution at this point,” Wild Florida told News 6.
Orange County and Osceola County implement curfew during coronavirus pandemic
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The coronavirus pandemic has shaken up daily life in a way we have never seen. In the wake of new cases and the urgency to halt the spread of COVID-19, Orange County leaders and Osceola County leaders have decided to implement a curfew for those living within the county beginning Friday night. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said that the curfew is necessary to keep Floridians safe. Other exemptions for the curfew include Central Florida workers like medical personnel, government personnel, first responders, security personnel,” Demings said. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will enforce the curfew going forward, according to Demings.
Coronavirus testing increases with drive-thru testing site in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – As coronavirus cases increase in Central Florida, state lawmakers are ramping up testing sites. The new site in Orange County comes in the form of a drive-thru tent. While the tents have been constructed in the parking lot of the Orange County Convention Center, a date of when operations will begin has not been released. RELATED: INTERACTIVE MAP: Here’s where to get your drive-thru coronavirus test“It’s not going to get done overnight. “If you’re ten feet away from somebody, you’re protecting yourself, you’re going to be fine.
Here are 5 reasons why you should use telemedicine
ORLANDO, Fla. – More people are turning to telemedicine to talk to doctors about their symptoms, get diagnosed, and fill prescriptions. Practice social distancing while getting treatmentBahl said telemedicine helps people stay away from others, but still get the care they need. Bahl adds telemedicine is great for patients who suffer from chronic illnesses and you can also get your medications refilled. Doctors can treat you over videoBahl said through telemedicine you are still speaking to a physician in person, but virtually through video. Click here to find telemedicine options in Central Florida.
So, how exactly does coronavirus spread?
This newest coronavirus, COVID-19, has been making headlines nonstop ever since it arrived in the United States. The virus has infected 98,000 people and killed more than 3,300 globally — even though in the U.S., those numbers are much smaller. There’s a lot to know about how to protect yourself from the coronavirus, but one of the most important things to be aware of is how it spreads. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but it’s now spreading from person to person, health officials said. The CDC recommends keeping infected and possibly infected people quarantined so that the virus can’t spread anymore.
The Latest: WHO to send mission to virus-hit China
BEIJING – The Latest on a virus outbreak that began in China (all times local):12:15 a.m. There are now 40 confirmed cases in the city-state. ___7 p.m.Hong Kong has quarantined 161 people who arrived from mainland China on Saturday as a new emergency measure to stem the spread of the virus begins. The international financial hub has shut many border checkpoints but refused to completely seal its border because it relies on mainland China for food and other goods. It instead imposed a 14-day quarantine starting Saturday on all people arriving from mainland China to dissuade cross-border travel.
How well new China virus spreads is focus of control efforts
(Peng Ziyang/Xinhua via AP)Scientists are starting to fill in some key gaps in what's known about the new virus from China. In 2002, one called SARS caused an outbreak of severe pneumonia in China and spread to other countries. The new virus is 75% to 80% identical to SARS, scientists have reported. It's not known whether anyone who is infected but not showing symptoms can spread the virus. There is one, but health authorities in China, the U.S. and elsewhere are working to make it more widely available.
6,000 passengers kept on Italy cruise ship as Wuhan coronavirus fear spreads
Six-thousand passengers were being held on a cruise ship off Italy on Thursday while doctors checked on two tourists from Hong Kong who had a fever, the Red Cross said. The pair becoming ill sparked fears they could have contracted a new virus, Italian media said. The Red Cross was on hand in case the tourists need to be transferred to the special hospital in Rome - the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases. It comes as China counted 170 deaths from the new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. The new virus is from the coronavirus family, which includes those that can cause the common cold as well as more serious illnesses such as SARS and MERS.