Florida shatters one-day coronavirus case record with 5,500
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s new confirmed coronavirus cases are skyrocketing, causing three states to order its residents into quarantine if they visit. The state posted a 25% jump in confirmed cases Wednesday, shattering the previous record set last week and triple the level of just two weeks ago. That led New York, Connecticut and New Jersey on Wednesday to order Floridians to quarantine themselves for two weeks when they arrive. The rapidly escalating daily figures continue a trend that began when Florida started reopening its economy last month. The state now has confirmed almost 110,000 coronavirus cases since March 1 and nearly 3,300 deaths.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-PARKLAND ACTIVISTS
Students against gun violence rallying for racial justice
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After a 2018 Florida high school massacre, the world watched as a group of mostly white, suburban students organized the massive March for Our Lives rally against gun violence, held in the nation’s capital. Now, many of those same students are using their prominence to support protests against racial injustice sparked by the death of George Floyd. The students are joining marches in cities across the nation and using their social media platforms to advocate for the cause.
Florida Dems get advantage over GOP in vote-by-mail requests
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democrats are amassing a significant lead over Republicans in the number of voters seeking to vote by mail. As of last week, Democrats had a 302,000 voter advantage over Republicans, with 1.46 million Democrats applying to vote by mail, compared with 1.16 for the GOP. The widening gap in vote-by-mail applications between both parties comes as Democrats have more aggressively pushed Floridians to ask for absentee ballots and as President Trump continues to sow doubt within his party about the integrity of absentee ballots. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, elections officials across Florida have been pushing more voters to apply for absentee ballots.
DeSantis signs bill for $500 million in teacher raises
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is sticking to his promise to give teachers $500 million in raises despite plummeting state revenue because of the coronavirus. DeSantis signed the bill at a Miami-Dade County school Wednesday. Raising teacher salaries was a top priority for DeSantis in the legislative session that ended in mid-March, just as the state was shutting down because of the pandemic. The bill will raise the minimum teacher salary to $47,500 and provide other raises. While DeSantis said he will have to make some other hard budget decisions, he said he’s fully committed to teacher raises.
FSU FRAT DEATH
Ex-FSU student dead, allegedly fell from roof of frat house
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida State University student has been found dead outside a fraternity house. Friends said he fell from the roof in an accident, but authorities said Wednesday they are still investigating and aren’t sure what happened. FSU Police declined to release the victim’s name, but said the 21-year-old was a former student. A meter reader discovered his body. Two members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon told the Tallahassee Democrat the victim was a member of the Army Reserves, set to be deployed to Afghanistan in October. The fraternity was suspended last fall for alleged alcohol violations. Police didn’t say whether alcohol played a role Wednesday.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-YOUNGER CASES
Virus cases surge among the young, endangering older adults
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Coronavirus infections are climbing rapidly among young Americans in a number of states where bars, stores and restaurants have reopened. It’s a disturbing generational shift that puts young people in greater peril than many realize and poses an even bigger danger to the older people who cross their paths. National figures show that almost as soon as states began reopening, people 18 to 49 years old quickly became the age bracket most likely to be diagnosed with new cases. And although every age group saw an increase in cases during the first week in June, the numbers shot up fastest in the younger age group.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-TRAVEL QUARANTINES
Heading to these 3 states? Quarantine might be in the cards
New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. What was presented Wednesday as a “travel advisory” affects three adjacent Northeastern states that managed to check the spread of the virus this spring as New York City became a hot spot. Travelers from states including Florida and Texas will be affected beginning Thursday. The two-week quarantine will last two weeks from the time of last contact within the identified state. The announcement comes as summer travel to beaches, parks and New York City would normally swing into high gear.
Sheriff: Man arrested after threatening to shoot deputies
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 29-year-old man was arrested after sending an email to the Monroe County sheriff threatening to shoot deputies in the Florida Keys. Lowell Wayne Davis was arrested Tuesday in central Florida. A news release says Sheriff Rick Ramsey received the email from Davis on Saturday and officials launched an investigation. Detectives filed a warrant for Davis’ arrest and he was arrested in New Smyrna Beach. He is facing charges that include making written threats to do bodily harm and drug possession. Davis is being held in the Volusia County Jail.
Florida enacts heat stroke protections for student athletes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A grieving mother’s plea to Florida lawmakers has been fulfilled. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure on Tuesday that would require schools to do more to protect student athletes from heat strokes. The new law is named the Zachary Martin Act, after a 16-year-old football player who three years ago collapsed during practice and later died. The measure requires public schools to have a tub or other large container filled with cold water at the sidelines during all games and practices. Schools will also be required to have defibrillators to resuscitate stricken athletes.
Report: Body of Florida firefighter found after 4-day search
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a decomposing body has been found near an area a Florida firefighter crashed his vehicle before going missing. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials haven’t confirmed the body found near Jupiter Farms on Tuesday is James Von Minden. But the Broward County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Associated posted on Facebook Tuesday that 56-year-old Von Minden had died. Union president Jason Smith told the Palm Beach Post that a search group of firefighters found the body on Tuesday. Authorities say Von Minden crashed his truck on Friday. Witnesses had described him as disoriented.
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