Coronavirus

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If you think you might have coronavirus, call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov

At a Wednesday Clay County news conference, officials announced that seven of the 28 long-term facilities in the county now have confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

As the COVID-19 shutdown continues, restaurants have had to adapt to keep their business running.

One of the ways some eateries have pivoted , especially fast-casual ones, is by selling a small selection of groceries to their customers. That’s in addition to switching to take out only.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

The number of people who have died from the coronavirus in Florida has passed 900.

The 6 p.m. update from the Department of Health registers 927 deaths; an increase of 60 since Tuesday evening and the second-largest daily death increase since April 14, when 72 deaths were recorded.

A month ago, President Trump went on Fox and downplayed the potential lethality of the novel coronavirus and compared it to the seasonal flu.

Coronavirus Fuels Explosive Growth In Telehealth ― And Concern About Fraud

Apr 22, 2020
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On March 17, Medicare chief Seema Verma stepped to the podium at a White House coronavirus briefing and unveiled a “historic action” to promote virtual medical care, or telehealth.

State officials are meeting to decide when to re-open Florida as the number of new coronavirus cases starts to go down. But public health experts say doing so too soon could be dangerous.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to get the state’s economy up and running from the crush of the coronavirus might require gradual steps.

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Florida Department of Corrections officials on Tuesday said 123 inmates and 98 corrections workers have tested positive for COVID-19, as the highly contagious novel coronavirus continues to spread within the state prison system. 

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Florida National Guard-led teams have conducted more than 3,700 tests in 21 nursing homes as part of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities.

Florida Tourism Industry Plans To Ease Into Reopening

Apr 22, 2020
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Florida’s tourism and hospitality industry should reopen from the coronavirus pandemic slowly. That's what a committee looking at reopening the state from the coronavirus shutdown was told Tuesday.

Just how badly has the new coronavirus affected life in the U.S.?

The U.S. Census Bureau will try to answer that question with a new experimental, weekly survey that officials approved earlier this week.

Florida health officials have suspended the license of two nursing home administrators and placed a moratorium on new residents at Cross Landings Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jefferson County. 

Florida hospital and physician groups are asking Governor Ron DeSantis to allow them to restart surgeries. They say the reason DeSantis suspended the practices via executive order—to preserve medical supplies—has passed. 

The Florida Elections Commission is putting meetings on hold until August as a response to the coronavirus. They made the decision during a teleconference Tuesday. Tim Vaccaro is the executive director.

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