The Point, July 7, 2020: As Cases Spike, Florida Schools Are Mandated To Reopen In Person By August


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• News Service of Florida: Florida Schools Ordered To Reopen In August. “Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Monday ordered public schools to reopen in August and offer ‘the full panoply of services’ to students and families.”

• New York Times ($): As the Virus Surged, Florida Partied. Tracking the Revelers Has Been Tough.“‘We are starting to encounter a fair amount of pushback from younger folks when you call them up and say, ‘We want to know everyone who was at your party,’’ said Dr. J. Glenn Morris Jr., director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville, a college town where local officials have begged students to stop partying. ‘There’s very much a sense of, ‘That’s none of your business.'”

• From our Fresh Take Florida team: Gainesville police are still investigating a break-in to campaign headquarters of candidate Kat Cammack on Sunday night. She is one of 17 candidates running for Florida’s 3rd congressional seat, which includes the city of Gainesville. (WUFT News)

• WUFT News: First Alachua County Inmate Confirmed With Coronavirus On Fourth Of July. “As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, there were 8 positive cases, 52 negative cases, 13 pending cases and one refusal to be tested.” (Later in the day, this update from the Gainesville Sun: Twelve Alachua County jail inmates positive for COVID-19.)

• Citrus County Chronicle: Elementary students start face-to-face summer schooling; upper-grades learn online. “Around 70 elementary students enrolled in the Citrus County School District’s face-to-face summer school program had their first day Monday, July 6, 2020.”

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Around the state today

• News Service of Florida: Prisons see hundreds of additional coronavirus cases.“Florida’s prison system recorded 443 new coronavirus cases and an inmate death over the holiday weekend, according to figures released Monday by the state Department of Corrections.”

• Palm Beach Post ($): Florida is coronavirus hotspot, but DeSantis declares theme parks ’safe.’ “Universal Orlando reopened on June 5. Disney World is scheduled to reopen the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks on Saturday, with Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios following on July 15.”

• Miami Herald ($): Miami-Dade restaurants, gyms closing again under new order targeting COVID surge.“Miami-Dade County restaurants must close dining rooms and gyms must shut down again this week under a planned emergency order by Mayor Carlos Gimenez…”

• Fort Myers News-Press ($): Florida teen COVID-19 victim received unproven treatment at home before dying at hospital, report says.“The family of a 17-year-old Lee County girl who died last month from COVID-19 treated her symptoms at home for nearly a week before taking her to a hospital, a medical examiner’s report concludes.”

• Florida Times-Union ($): Jacksonville state attorney deems officer justified in shooting of Jamee Johnson. “The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was deemed justified in the shooting death of Jamee Johnson, a 22-year-old killed last December following a traffic stop for not wearing a seat belt.”

• Miami Herald ($): Low-pressure system could increase Florida rain chances, forecast says. “Forecasters are also tracking Tropical Storm Edouard, which formed over the far North Atlantic late Sunday and is currently not a threat to land.”

• WJCT: US Space Force Headquarters In Jacksonville? Curry, DeSantis Back The Idea.“In a letter Monday to Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson, DeSantis supported the proposals by Jacksonville, Pensacola, Brevard County, Miami-Dade County, Orange County, Pinellas County, Seminole County and a joint proposal from Tampa and Hillsborough County.”

From NPR News

• National: ICE: Foreign Students Must Leave The U.S. If Their Colleges Go Online-Only This Fall.

• National: U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Near 130,000; Florida And Texas Report Record Case Numbers.

• National: Phoenix Mayor Says The City Is In A ‘Crisis Situation,’ Needs Help.

• National: Georgia Governor Calls Up National Guard, Declares State Of Emergency Due To Violence.

• World: Britain Announces A $2 Billion Rescue Package For The Arts.

• Politics: Supreme Court Rules State ‘Faithless Elector’ Laws Constitutional.

• Business: Uber Gobbles Up Postmates In $2.65 Billion Bet On Food Delivery.

• Art & Design: France’s Louvre Reopens Most Of The Museum — Sans Big Crowds.

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