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Today’s top Florida stories
• New York Times: The Costly Toll of Not Shutting Down Spring Break Earlier. “Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has blamed travelers from New York, Europe and other places for seeding the virus in the state. But the reverse was also true: People got sick in Florida and took the infection back home.”
• Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s count of coronavirus deaths is missing some cases. “The discrepancy underscores the difficulty in building a system to track the fast-moving disease in real time. But it also reflects choices by state health officials that could have the effect of understating the virus’ toll, the Times found.”
• Suwannee Democrat: DOH announces seven more Suwannee County cases. “Seven additional confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were announced for Suwannee County by the Florida Department of Health on Saturday morning, increasing the county’s total to 66.”
• WUFT News: Gainesville Keeps Some Nature Parks Open, Citing Mental Health Reasons. “In contrast to the closure of all state parks, and despite a steady rise in Alachua County’s number of COVID-19 cases, Sweetwater and a number of other city-owned parks have remained open so far.”
• WUFT News: College Students Are Left Wondering ‘What If?’ As Summer Internships Are Canceled. “…because of COVID-19, and the resulting safety concerns and devastation to the economy, internships have been lost, interviews postponed, calls and emails left unreturned.”
• Tallahassee Democrat: Good Shepherd Catholic Church preaches to photographs on pews. “Members of the congregation at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, located on Thomasville Road (in Tallahassee), sent in photos of their families so they could be spiritually present during the three homilies during Easter weekend.”
• Bay News 9: Union: Disney Will Furlough Employees April 19. “About 200 Disney employees considered essential will continue to work at the parks. They include members of custodian and housekeeping staff.”
• Miami Herald: Herald drafted a suit seeking ALF records. DeSantis aide pressured law firm not to file it. “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ general counsel called a representative of the Miami Herald’s law firm seeking to quash a public records lawsuit that would force the state to divulge the names of all elder-care facilities that have had a positive test for the coronavirus. The back-door pressure — through an attorney that had no involvement in the case — paid off.”
• WFSU: Florida Makes Most Of Coronavirus ‘Pause’ By Fast-Tracking Road Construction. “Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to make the most of having fewer drivers on the road. During a Saturday morning news conference, DeSantis announced plans to accelerate work on the Florida I-4 Ultimate project.”
• WLRN: Local Governments Issue Mask Orders To Protect Essential Workers From COVID-19. “The orders urge or require people to cover their nose and mouth inside essential businesses – grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores, among others, that have remained open as the pandemic continues.”
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About today’s curator
I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to email@example.com.