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Today’s top Florida stories
• WLRN: DeSantis Makes It Official: Florida Kids Won’t Return To Classrooms This School Year. “DeSantis said it had become ‘obvious’ that the classrooms would not re-open in early May so the students would only have gotten a couple weeks in at most.”
• Suwannee Democrat: Sixth death, two more cases confirmed for Suwannee County. “The health department announced an 81-year-old male that had been hospitalized from the virus, and was connected to an existing case, has died.”
• Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times: Under pressure, DeSantis releases names of elder care homes with COVID-19 cases. “As Florida’s elder care facilities are becoming increasingly lethal incubators of the novel coronavirus, state officials revealed for the first time Saturday that 302 facilities in 45 counties have staff or residents who have tested positive for the deadly respiratory infection.”
• The Alligator: Gainesville Publix employees test positive; virus at local nursing homes. “One of the workers is employed at the Williston Plaza store located off I-75 at 5200 SW 34th St., while the other works in Tower Square, located at 5801 SW 75th St., company spokesperson Maria Brous confirmed Saturday.”
• Ocala Star-Banner: Catching up with Ocala’s hospital chaplains. “It seems the chaplain’s role is more important than ever these days, as hospitals handle the coronavirus pandemic and gird themselves for whatever the future is going to bring.”
• Bradenton Herald: Manatee County’s first African-American commissioner dies from COVID-19, family says. “(Gwendolyn) Brown, who was first elected to the board in 1994, was the county’s first African-American commissioner, county officials said. She served on the board until 2010.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: Lockdown of economy forces local farmer to sell; another is surviving. “For Citrus County’s two large commercial blueberry growers, it’s a tale of two farms.”
• Palm Beach Post: It’s all systems slow for the long, arduous and maddening unemployment application process. “…many residents applying for the $275 Reemployment Assistance checks still find the process adds insult to the injury of unemployment, especially for service industry workers suffering from one missing paycheck to the next, as Florida’s unemployment rate jumped from 2.8 to 4.3 percent in the space of a month.”
• Miami Herald: ‘COVID-19 is not here, bro.’ At Florida’s reopened beaches, crowds gather, tempers flare. “Duval County opened its beaches Friday evening — with certain restrictions — but it appears that the stir-crazy crowds weren’t following the social distancing rules.”
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