Coronavirus

UPDATED: Number of Confirmed Florida COVID-19 Cases Nears 8,000

As of Wednesday evening, Florida has 7,773 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 818 since Wednesday morning and over 1,000 in 24 hours. The latest numbers posted by the Florida Department of Health also reflect 14 more deaths as a result of COVID-19, which brings the state’s total to 101. Of the total cases, […]

List of “Essential Businesses” in Palm Beach and Broward Counties

While Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday afternoon in order to allow maximum adherence to the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, he had already ordered all “non-essential” businesses in South Florida to shut down last week. “At this point, I think even though there’s lot of places in Florida that have very low […]

UPDATED: More Ships with Sick Passengers Seek to Dock at Port Everglades

WEDNESDAY 8:15 P.M. UPDATE: The Celebrity Silhouette docked at Port Everglades Wednesday evening, after receiving permission from the U.S. Coast Guard. It was cleared for entry when the Coast Guard confirmed that adequate safety measures would be taken with the sick crew members on board. In addition, only healthy crew members will be taken directly […]

City of Riviera Beach Employee Dies of Coronavirus; Most Departments to Go Remote

A local government employee has died from COVID-19. The Riviera Beach staff member has not been identified, but City Manager Jonathan Evans confirmed that six to eight other employees have self-quarantined as a result of their colleague’s death. “To the victim’s family and the individuals who work in the organization, it is a horrific day […]

COVID-19 Test Site in West Palm Temporarily Halts Appointments

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County announced Wednesday that they have temporarily stopped making appointments for COVID-19 testing. Officials said they have scheduled nearly 2,000 appointments through Saturday at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches testing site, and are no longer accepting additional calls. They added that they hope to reopen the […]

Should You Wear a Protective Mask?

U.S. Health officials are debating whether to implement a nationwide face mask guideline to protect Americans from coronavirus. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is pushing against it, saying face masks are not an effective enough way to prevent COVID-19 because you can still transfer water droplets containing the virus when you touch your face to […]

DeSantis: Coronavirus Testing Site Coming to Southern Palm Beach County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis is promosing another coronavirus testing site in southern Palm Beach County. And the Governor expects rapid testing to come to Florida ‘probably within the next week’ “Now we’re surging supplies for the testing site in Hialeah and we’re surging supplies for a testing site in south Miami-Dade (County), so […]

Computer Model Has Dire Death Forecast For Florida

Computer models show that the worst is yet to come in terms of deaths from COVID-19. And Florida is several weeks away from the apex of the illness according to Healthdata.org. The charts below show projected hospital resource use based on COVID-19 deaths. The model assumes continued social distancing until the end of May 2020. […]

Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez Explains ‘Safer-at-home’

Monday Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered south Florida residents to stay “safer at home.” What does this order mean? Are residents of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties ordered to “stay and home?” No, according to Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez who told 850WFTL that the “safer at home order” still allows residents to leave […]

Expert: FDA Emergency Approval of Anti-malaria drug for Coronavirus a Game Changer

The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, decades-old malaria drugs championed by President Donald Trump for coronavirus treatment based on a promising trial out of France. The agency allowed for the drugs to be “donated to the Strategic National Stockpile to be distributed and prescribed by […]