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Daily Increase in Florida COVID-19 Cases Exceeds 1,000

For the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began, the state of Florida reported more than 1,000 people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period. According to the Florida Department of Health, 6,741 people in Florida have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Florida will be under a statewide 30-day stay-at-home order, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.

The order will go into effect Thursday at midnight, DeSantis said.

Florida Democrats Blast Governor For Not Issuing Stay-At-Home Order

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Florida's congressional Democrats are blasting Gov. Ron DeSantis' refusal to issue a statewide stay-at-home order to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

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News Service Of Florida

A circuit judge on Tuesday refused to undo an order putting a receiver in charge of the embattled Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, rejecting a request by the nonprofit organization’s former CEO, Tiffany Carr.

Federal Inspectors Eye Florida Long-Term Care Facilities

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Federal health inspectors Tuesday arrived in Florida to evaluate how long-term care facilities are responding to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The FBI says there could be an increased risk for child exploitation during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mayo Clinic announced it will begin testing its own patients who meet the CDC criteria. 

National Healthcare Decisions Day falls on April 16th. Scheduled events to mark the day are being cancelled – as people of all ages, seemingly healthy, are dying of COVID-19.

Anyone over the age of 18 should have a healthcare proxy to make medical decisions if necessary. Naming a medical representative is as easy as going online and downloading a free form.

“The critical thing is to name someone who would speak for you if you could not speak for yourself and to be sure that you’ve had a good conversation with that person about the things that you would want,” says Rev. Candace McKibben, Director of Faith Outreach at Big Bend Hospice. “I’ve heard couples in my office who are talking about this who will say, ‘I didn’t know that would be what you would want.’”

Homeless shelters across South Florida continue to serve the most vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak. But the economic shock could keep people who are still awaiting a chance for shelter on the streets.

 

Broward County commissioners debated for hours during a meeting Tuesday about whether or not to let a Holland America Cruise ship, the Zaandam, dock at Port Everglades. 

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