The Point, June 29, 2020: Where Gainesville Is Offering Free Coronavirus Testing


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• WUFT News: As Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rise, Gainesville Offers Free Drive-Up Testing At Citizens Field. “Free coronavirus testing is also available on Wednesdays and Fridays at the former City Regional Transit headquarters location. “

• Gainesville Sun ($): COVID-19: 91 new Alachua County cases Sunday. “The county’s new total stands at 1,124 cases since March, with about 58% of those cases — 651 — coming in June.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): (Alachua) County clerk’s office forced to furlough workers. “The pandemic has ravaged the court side of the clerk’s office’s $5.7 million budget, which comes solely from court filing fees.”

• NPR News: Trump Retweets Video Of Apparent Supporter Saying ‘White Power.’ “In the video, apparently taken at The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, people wearing Trump shirts and with Trump signs on their golf carts drive by protesters yelling insults at them and about the president.”

• Citrus County Chronicle: Sheriff pushed candidate to resign. “Sheriff Mike Prendergast forced the resignation of a deputy who is a candidate for office, basing the decision on a state law that he learned afterward doesn’t apply, according to interviews and records.”

• WJCT: Tom Petty’s Original Demo Recording Of ‘You Don’t Know How It Feels’ Released. “Petty’s family Friday released the rocker’s 8-track demo of his classic song “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” recorded in Petty’s home studio.”

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Around the state today

• New York Times ($): Florida’s Covid Cases Up Fivefold in 2 Weeks: ‘The Numbers Are Scary.’ “On Saturday, for the second straight day, Florida crushed its previous record for new coronavirus cases, reporting 9,585 infections. Another 8,530 were reported on Sunday.”

• Florida Phoenix: Gov. DeSantis says no change on masks, even for RNC: ‘We’ll be fine by that time.’ “Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday attempted to allay public fears about surging numbers of COVID-19 cases without resorting to a statewide face-mask mandate or slowing the reopening of the state economy.

• Fort Myers News-Press ($): Fort Myers teen dies of COVID-19, family is ‘comforted that she is pain free.’ “On Tuesday, (Carsyn Leigh) Davis lost her final battle. She died at 1:06 p.m. from complications of COVID-19, two days after her 17th birthday.”

• Florida Times-Union ($): Mayor says 214 Jacksonville firefighters are in self-quarantine. “In all, (Lenny) Curry said, 14 JFRD firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19. The conditions of those firefighters has not been disclosed.”

• FLKeysNews ($): Leaders shut off the Florida Keys to visitors for weeks. Now, COVID-19 cases are rising. “The COVID-19 rate also was low. With visitors shut out, Keys leaders hoped the virus would be, too.”

• WLRN: Up Or Out: $5.4 Billion Corps Plan To Protect Keys Relies On Elevations And Buyouts. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its plan to help the Florida Keys adapt to rising seas. The $5.4 billion plan would include elevating more than 7,000 homes and buying out almost 300.”

From NPR News

• Race: Last State Flag With Confederate Battle Emblem On It To Be Changed

• Race: College Athletes Rise Up To Protest Racism

• Business: A Bittersweet Moment For Black Bookstore Owners

• Science: New Research Shows People Are Not As Divided Along Political Lines As They Think

• Health: Essential Vocab For COVID-19: From Asymptomatic To Zoonotic

• World: Pandemic Causes China To Ban Breeding Of Bamboo Rats And Other Wild Animals

• Politics: In Reversal, Facebook To Label Politicians’ Harmful Posts As Ad Boycott Grows

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

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