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The Point, April 6, 2020: Spacing Restriction Returns At Alachua County Grocery Stores

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Alachua County: “The 1 person per 1,000 sq.ft. requirement is back in place. As we continue to understand the Governor’s Executive Order, it is clear that we can make this decision at the local level.”

• WUSF: Florida Reports 221 Lives Lost So Far Due To Coronavirus. “Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 221 people in Florida, and infected more than 12,000, according to Sunday evening’s update from the Florida Department of Health.”

• Miami Herald: ‘Ticking time bomb:’ Florida acknowledges first inmate coronavirus case — and then a second. “The first prisoner with the positive test, whose name was not released, had been locked up at the Blackwater River Correctional Facility near Pensacola, a private prison under the state’s purview run by the GEO Group. The information was posted on the department’s website Saturday. The website was updated Sunday to list a second inmate, also from Blackwater.”

• Florida Phoenix: Failed legislation would have helped inmates get out as virus spreads behind bars. Now, deaths have begun. “Reform-minded lawmakers sponsored legislation in 2020 that would have allowed low-risk, elderly and sickly inmates to be released before coronavirus took hold in Florida’s prisons. But it didn’t pass, and the dangerous virus has arrived.”

• WUFT News: From The Front Lines Podcast. “Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Frank Kinsey says all inmates at the county jail are fully aware of the COVID-19 outbreak. He promises the jail is following all necessary protocols to protect both guards and inmates.​”

• WFSU: State’s Promised Unemployment Fixes Not Showing Up Yet. “As frustrations mount with the system, Florida is going old school, creating paper and pencil applications that can be mailed in. Those applications can be delivered to local CareerSource offices, but those workers would still have to upload them to the problematic system. There’s no answer yet on when those applications will be available.”

• Florida Politics: Jared Moskowitz: State will have enough ventilators and beds for COVID-19 peak. “Less than a month after the expected peak of the Florida coronavirus outbreak is hurricane season. (The Division of Emergency Management) has a team dedicated to planning how the state will operate shelters in hot spots or evacuate Floridians to or from a COVID-19 hot zone.”

• Naples Daily News: Two infants test positive for COVID-19 in Collier County. “The CDC does not yet know the effects of the virus on infants and it has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.”

• Sun Sentinel ($): As coronavirus sickens dispatchers and deputies, concerns mount about protective equipment. “Law enforcement hasn’t been immune from the virus, which had killed 221 Floridians as of Sunday night. The victims include Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Bennett, 39, and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Diaz Ayala, 38.”


From NPR News

• World: A Historian Looks Ahead At A Transformed Post-Pandemic World

• Science: Confirmed Cases In The U.S. Top 300,000 As New Hot Spots Emerge

• Business: Fed Goes All Out To Keep Economy Alive During Coronavirus Shutdown

• Politics: Biden: The Democratic Convention May Need To Be A Virtual Event This Year

• Politics: ‘It’s Madness.’ Wisconsin’s Election Amid Coronavirus Sparks Anger

• Health: Is COVID-19 Spread By Talking? That And Other Questions Are Answered

• Health: Look Good, Feel Good: Keeping Up Your Beauty Routine As Self-Care

About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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