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Today’s top Florida stories
• Suwannee Democrat: 10th death in Suwannee County COVID-19 patient announced. “The latest positive case that has passed away is a 67-year-old male and was a resident at Suwannee Health and Rehabilitation Center. All 10 of the deaths in COVID-19 patients in the county have been residents of Suwannee Health.”
• WUFT News: Gainesville Community Supports Local Restaurants Impacted By COVID-19. “Jon DeCarmine, executive director of GRACE, has also offered temporary work to unemployed restaurant workers. ‘We’ve hired laid off restaurant and bar employees to clean and disinfect the campus for 10 hours a day,’ DeCarmine said.”
• WMFE: Governor Ron DeSantis says licensed pharmacists will be able to order, administer coronavirus tests. “Right now, only licensed healthcare workers can perform tests in the state.”
• Gainesville Sun: Alachua company receives $53M for COVID-19 response. “Ology Bioservices, a biopharmaceutical product maker, has been awarded more than $53 million from the Department of Defense to develop and manufacture an antibody treatment and vaccine for COVID-19 and other viral diseases.”
• News Service of Florida: COVID-19 could affect Florida’s hurricane response plans. “If storms threaten Florida in June or July, the state might need to rethink the use of mass shelters, shuttles to evacuate people and the way it recruits volunteers to help with storm recovery, (Division of Emergency Management Director Jared) Moskowitz said.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: School district servers compromised, impacting remote-schooling; personal info not exposed. “A cyber infiltration reported Thursday morning into Citrus County Schools District’s servers led to a shutdown of some connections its remote schooling has relied on amid campus closures.”
• WMFE: State Unemployment Website Down For Weekend. “Department of Management Services Secretary Jonathan Satter, who was put in charge of the system last week, says the agency will be working all weekend to process applications that have already been filed, adding staff can do that more quickly when the website is down.”
• Miami Herald: Miami-Dade has tens of thousands of missed coronavirus infections, UM survey finds. “About 6 percent of Miami-Dade’s population — about 165,000 residents — have antibodies indicating a past infection by the novel coronavirus, dwarfing the state health department’s tally of about 10,600 cases, according to preliminary study results announced by University of Miami researchers Friday.”
• New York Times: Guerrilla Golfers Sneak Onto Greens Closed by Pandemic. “Add this to the list of cultural phenomena produced by the pandemic: renegade golfers. With about half the nation’s courses closed by state or local leaders, and with the weather turning to spring, a few million hard-core golf fans are struggling to restrain themselves. Many are failing.”
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