Coronavirus

UPDATED: “Non-Essential” Businesses in PBC, Broward to Close Friday; More Actions Planned

All “non-essential” businesses in Palm Beach and Broward counties must shut down as part of containing the coronavirus, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday afternoon. DeSantis has developed a plan to help the two counties craft orders to shut down those businesses by Friday. Among businesses considered essential are grocery stores, gas stations, day care […]

Spring Breakers Come to Delray Beach After Other Cities Shut Down

College students are not letting the coronavirus ruin their South Florida spring break plans. Several students from Ohio and Indiana drove north to Delray Beach after Fort Lauderdale closed its beaches. Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia says her staff is monitoring the public beach there, although they have not seen crowds large enough to justify […]

President Trump Moves G-7 Summit Online Due to COVID-19

President Trump has cancelled the June summit of the G-7 nations at Camp David due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the leaders will meet via video conference. The move follows the guidelines about social distancing for combating the virus’ spread. Trump’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, told the President’s G-7 counterparts about the change, according […]

UPDATED: Gov. DeSantis Touts Broward Testing Site; 432 Cases, 9 Deaths in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference at the Broward County Mobile Testing Site at C.B. Smith Park Thursday afternoon. DeSantis said that 2,500 test kits and 4,000 collection swabs have been distributed throughout the state. “We’re living through the biggest crunch in supply and demands for medical supplies that we’ve ever seen in […]

UPDATED: Two Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Town of Palm Beach

Two cases of coronavirus were confirmed Thursday afternoon in the Town of Palm Beach. According to Town Manager Kirk Blouin, one of the residents was taken by paramedics and tested positive, while the other person is the daughter of a town resident who public safety personnel encountered on a call. It is unclear whether she […]

McConnell, GOP Propose $1,200 Checks in Coronavirus Stimulus

According to reports, Senate Republicans are close to a deal that would send $1,200 to most Americans in order to offset the economic crunch caused by the coronavirus. The Senate GOP caucus is divided on a request from President Trump to issue two batches of $1,000 checks to all taxpayers, who in April and another […]

U.S. Warns Americans Against International Travel Due to Virus

President Trump’s administration Thursday afternoon upgraded its warning to Americans against all international travel as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. The State Department has issued a new alert which urges Americans not to travel abroad under any circumstances and to return home if they are already abroad, unless they are planning to remain overseas […]

Publix, Other Grocery Chains Offering Senior Shopping Hours

Publix is among several companies offering additional time to allow senior customers to purchases necessities as the state navigates through the coronavirus crisis. The chain is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m. for shoppers ages 65 and up. Meanwhile, the supermarket’s pharmacies will also open at 7 a.m. on those days […]

DeSantis: State Ready to Withstand Financial Effect from Coronavirus

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the Sunshine State is financially prepared to withstand the blow of the coronavirus. “We already see that this is going to cause economic dislocations,” he said after Thursday’s budget vote. Nonetheless, Florida lawmakers have already earmarked about $300 million to offset the financial setbacks. “We entered this session with […]

French Researcher Reveals Successful COVID-19 Drug Trial

Chloroquine, an old malaria drug, may help treat the novel coronavirus, according to a renowned French research professor who has reported successful early tests suggesting it can stop the virus from being contagious in just six days. President Trump says he will have an exciting announcement today in conjunction with the FDA possibly about the […]