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DeSantis: Florida summer camps can open without restrictions

Summer camps and youth activities in Florida can open without restrictions.

Florida’s current situation:

Total Cases Positive Residents Hospitalized Deaths
51,746 50,414 9,424 2,252

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Last update (05/26/2020 at 12:30 am)

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Concerns erupt over integrity of Florida’s COVID-19 website

The integrity of the state’s public health data was raised anew when its chief architect was fired.

Broward and Miami-Dade counties hesitantly start to reopen

Residents started to take steps back toward normalcy, with barbershops making their first snips in weeks.

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Moderna: Early coronavirus vaccine results are encouraging

Study volunteers given the vaccine had antibodies similar to those seen in recovered patients.

Gyms, museums and libraries set to reopen in Florida

The state will also increase restrictions on restaurant and retail store capacity from 25% to 50%.

ER visits plummet in Florida, virus scares patients from care

Patients suffering from heart attacks and strokes are delaying or refusing care.

Florida’s 2 biggest counties preparing to reopen

Miami-Dade and Broward counties are finishing preparations to reopen on Monday.
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Half a million jobless claims filed in Florida last week due to virus shutdown

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Florida tourism industry plans to ease into reopening

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Only 6% of Florida unemployment claims have been paid out

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Some areas of Florida are beginning to reopen them with restrictions.
Governor gives some Florida beaches green light to reopen

Governor gives some Florida beaches green light to reopen

The beaches will be open from 6 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. with no gatherings of 50 or more people.
2 walk-in test sites opening in underserved places in Fort Lauderdale

2 walk-in test sites opening in underserved places in Fort Lauderdale

The two sites are in predominantly African American communities in Broward County.
Florida’s jobless rate shoots to 4.3%, highest in 2 years

Florida’s jobless rate shoots to 4.3%, highest in 2 years

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Gov. DeSantis Ordered all Florida Bars and Nightclubs to Close

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Trump Declares Virus Pandemic a National Emergency

Trump Declares Virus Pandemic a National Emergency

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Americans Snap to Attention on Virus as Big Events Canceled

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Trump Suspends Travel Between US and Europe for 30 Days

Trump Suspends Travel Between US and Europe for 30 Days

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World Health Organization Declares Coronavirus Crisis a Pandemic

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A Third Princess Cruise Ship Kept at Sea Pending Virus Tests

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COVID-19 Prompts Florida Officials to Ask Travelers to Self-quarantine

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2 Dead in Florida who Tested Positive for New Virus

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The Economic Toll of Coronavirus Sinks in, Duration Unknown

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Virus Hits 100,000 Cases as it Upends Lives, Livelihoods

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Third Case of COVID-19 Infection Reported in Florida

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Dominican Republic Reports First Confirmed Caribbean Virus Case

Dominican Republic Reports First Confirmed Caribbean Virus Case

The new coronavirus in the tourist-rich Caribbean, a 62-year-old Italian man.
Pence in Florida to Speak at Club for Growth amidst Virus Scare

Pence in Florida to Speak at Club for Growth amidst Virus Scare

The Vice President says states will receive help if coronavirus spreads.
Financial Pain Deepens as Nearly 60 Countries Report Virus

Financial Pain Deepens as Nearly 60 Countries Report Virus

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In Scramble to Stop Virus, Testing Raises Tough Questions

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Trump Faces Credibility Test as he Plays Down Virus Threat

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