Maria Tsyruleva

Maria Tsyruleva is the WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news editor for fall 2019.

Before moving to the U.S., Maria got her bachelor’s degree in Journalism at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Russia and worked as a reporter and an editor for various websites and magazines, covering sports.

She is now working on her master’s degree in Mass Communications at the University of South Florida.

While the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Florida, Lakeland is relaxing some of its park restrictions.

One week after closing most parks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the city is reopening park trails, dog parks, tennis courts, pickleball courts, boat ramps and the Cleveland Heights Golf Course.

UPDATE 4/2/20: Lakeland's city commissioners reversed their decision Wednesday and will close all city parks and walking trails at midnight Thursday, following Gov. Ron DeSantis's statewide stay-at-home order.

As the spread of COVID-19 in Florida increases the load on the health care system, Pinellas and Hillsborough county officials are asking for donations of medical supplies.