The Point, Aug. 18, 2020: Number Of Reported Coronavirus Cases In Florida Continues To Decline

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Today’s top Florida stories

• Associated Press: Florida Reports Lowest Number Of Coronavirus Cases Since June. “The state (on Monday) reported 2,678 new confirmed cases, a level the state hasn’t seen since June 17, just as Florida began a month-long explosion of new infections that peaked at 15,300 on July 12.”

• Politico: 5 Florida primaries to watch Tuesday. “Millions of Florida voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in hundreds of primary races for national- and state-level races, some of which will decide the election outcome in districts that aren’t up for grabs by both political parties.”

• WUSF: Florida Bar Exam Postponed, Examinees Notified At Eleventh Hour. “The Florida Board of Bar Examiners says it will reschedule the exam, using the same content, for a date to-be-determined in October.”

• News Service of Florida: There’s no timeline for reopening Florida’s bars. “A spokeswoman for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation said Monday it’s still uncertain when bars and breweries can again serve alcohol for onsite consumption.”

• WJCT: No Fall Sports At Jacksonville University, University Of North Florida. “Fall sports competition at Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida and other Atlantic Sun Conference universities is being postponed due to COVID-19.”

• WTSP: Archaeologists chart path for 2 destroyed Black cemeteries in Clearwater. “At both sites, graves were left behind despite the community being told graves had been moved.”

• Fort Myers News-Press ($): Fort Myers’ Robert E. Lee statue will stay down for now. “The Lee bust was first removed at the beginning of June — about one week after the death of George Floyd during a police confrontation in Minneapolis where an officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes. His death reignited calls for racial equality across the nation and in some of the nation’s southernmost cities the call to stop revering Confederate sympathizers.”

• Florida Storms: Two Tropical Storms Could Develop in the Atlantic This Week. “The traditionally busier weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season are upon us, and two new tropical storms may develop this week.”


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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 emagoc@wuft.org.

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