GOP bows, modestly, to COVID concerns in planning Jacksonville party convention

BY: - July 16, 2020

With COVID-19 infections in Florida now surpassing 315,000, planners for the Republican National Convention will move some of the activities outdoors, into the heat of a North Florida late August. “We plan to utilize a number of indoor and outdoor venues in this multi-block radius of Jacksonville, Including the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, TIAA Bank […]

While international students won’t be kicked out of the country, other immigration challenges lie ahead

BY: - July 15, 2020

Like thousands of International students relieved after the Trump administration rescinded controversial immigration rules, Florida International University senior Stephanie Rojas remains concerned about what lies ahead. It’s true that she and other international students won’t have to leave the country for now, but Rojas still doesn’t know what the future holds. She faces the same […]

Gov. DeSantis argues COVID picture in Florida isn’t as bleak as it seems

BY: - July 6, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians not to be alarmed at the persistent spikes in positive tests for COVID-19, and suggested they’re not as bad as they seem given the true extent of the disease’s spread among non-symptomatic people including young adults. As of 11 a.m. Monday, the Florida Department of Health had reported an additional […]

Florida COVID-19 infections hit a new record at more than 11,000 on a single day

BY: - July 4, 2020

Update: Florida now has surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 infections. On Saturday, testing revealed 10,059 positive results for the new coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 200,111. Deaths reported Saturday numbered 29, bringing the total to 3,721. The positive rate for test results received Saturday was a bit above 15 percent. — Florida has set a new […]

Gov. DeSantis on COVID-19 reopening: ‘We’re not going back’

BY: - June 30, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterated Tuesday that he’s not turning back his plans to reopen the state’s economy as the daily number of positive test results from COVID-19 edged up again above 6,000. “We’re not going back, closing things,” the governor said. The Florida Department of Health reported 6,093 infections coming in overnight, pushing the total […]

State orders bars closed amid rampant COVID spread among young people; nearly 9,000 new cases seen

BY: - June 26, 2020

Update: Adding language from the governor’s press conference. State business regulators cut off service in bars across Florida Friday amid reports of rampant coronavirus transmission among young adults and as the Florida Department of Health reported that the COVID-19 caseload had spiked by nearly 9,000 overnight. The actual number of newly reported infections was 8,942 […]

With COVID-19 infections still spiking, Gov. DeSantis shows no signs of retreat on statewide masks, FL reopening

BY: - June 25, 2020

Note: This story has been updated to reflect the governor’s statements in Tampa. Florida’s rate of new COVID-19 infections has surpassed 5,000 for the second day running. The governor of Texas has paused the opening of his state’s economy amid a similar spike in cases. Yet Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has shown no sign of […]

Florida’s COVID caseload continues its relentless surge, adding 5,500+ cases overnight

BY: - June 24, 2020

Note: This story has been updated to include comments from the governor’s news conference today. Florida gained a whopping 5,508 new COVID-19 infections in the latest report from the state Department of Health, bringing the total caseload to 109,014 amid Gov. Ron DeSantis’ program of reopening the state’s economy. The data, gathered on Tuesday, represent […]

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Several FL universities are planning for less face-to-face instruction and fewer kids in dorms this fall

BY: - June 23, 2020

Residential dorms and face-to-face instruction are cornerstones of campus life for college students, but their world will be different this fall. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, several of Florida’s public universities plan to deliver less on-campus instruction this fall and put fewer kids in residential housing because of social distancing guidelines and safety measures. In […]

COVID cases in Florida surge past the 100,000 mark some five weeks after reopening began

BY: - June 22, 2020

Florida has broken the 100,00 threshold for COVID-19 cases, reflecting a spike in new cases since the beginning of June as Gov. Ron DeSantis continues his policy of reopening the state’s economy. The new numbers are from the Florida Department of Health and reflect 3,173 total deaths. However, deaths have been on the decline, with […]

Gov. DeSantis won’t interfere with cities that require residents to wear face masks in public amid COVID spike

BY: - June 19, 2020

Update: Gov. Ron DeSantis staged a news conference Saturday as as the daily number of new COVID-19 cases exceeded 4,000, and appeared to shift his explanation for the rising caseload from increased testing to community spread among young people. He reiterated that the median age for new infections has shifted from seniors to people in […]

COVID-19 infections reach the 60,000 mark for the first time in Florida

BY: - June 4, 2020

A day after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced “Phase 2” of reopening Florida and loosening restrictions that impact daily life, the state for the first time reached the 60,000 mark in COVID-19 infections. The Florida Department of Health on Thursday reported exactly 60,183 infections — up from 58,764 on Wednesday. The death toll was reported as […]