Florida coronavirus update for Sunday: Nearly 750 killed in state as nationwide toll approaches 40,000.
The latest on coronavirus in Florida: Schools closed for the rest of the academic year; a list of senior living facilities impacted by the pandemic; and the number of cases and deaths across the state. Nationwide, there are over 735,000 cases and over 39,000 deaths.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he would be putting together a task force focused on reopening the state in three separate phases, two weeks after issuing a statewide stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We want to see people back to work for the long haul, we want to continue with Florida’s economic development strategy,” DeSantis said.
Protesters Gather in Orlando Demanding State Leaders to Reopen Florida’s Economy.
Florida's unemployment rate shot up to 4.3% in March, as coronavirus-induced closures of Florida's theme parks, hotels and large numbers of businesses caused the highest levels of joblessness in almost two years.
Florida Surpasses 25,400 Coronavirus Cases As State Death Toll Reaches 748.
Florida, SC Look to Reopen Beaches.
Jacksonville Beaches Packed With Visitors After DeSantis Gives Green Light to Reopen
Mayor Lenny Curry said Duval County's beaches are reopening afternoon with restricted hours.
DeSantis Announces K-12 Schools Will Stay Closed for the Remainder of the School Year.
the governor said K-12 schools across the state would continue to practice distance learning for the duration of the school year.
DeSantis said it was a fairly easy decision since the prospect of reopening for just a few weeks in May offered little academic benefit.
Miami-Dade Mayor Announces New Food Distribution Funding Model to Help Local Farmers.
SC to Reopen Retail Stores and Beach Access
South Carolina retail stores and public beach access points that had been closed to halt the spread of the coronavirus will be allowed to reopen next week, The Post and Courier reported Saturday.
California Prepares to House Homeless at Hotels Amid Pandemic
California is on its way to acquiring 15,000 hotel rooms to house the homeless during the pandemic, said Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday as he reminded people to stay indoors while outbreaks continue to crop up throughout the state.
Canada, US Extend Border Restrictions for Another 30 Days
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep the border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days.