Coronavirus update: Miami’s stay-at-home order, Marlins Park testing and Hollywood ALF employee tests positive 

It’s Wednesday, March 24 and the global number of confirmed cases has surpassed 422,000. One hundred and sixty-three people in the United States died in the last 24 hours and according to CNN, Tuesday was one of the deadliest days in the nation due to the pandemic.  

The Florida Department of Health data and surveillance dashboard has recorded 240 more cases in the state as well as two more deaths. Miami-Dade continues to lead with 376 confirmed cases.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said on Tuesday the city will be implementing a stay at home order to take effect at 11:59 p.m. Residents will be allowed to engage in outdoor activities as long as they do not enter areas that have been closed off to the public. Suarez informed that he had tested positive for the virus again and will continue to stay isolated.

Miami-Dade Fire Department officials announced Tuesday they will be offering free, in-home Covid-19 testing to residents 65 and up who are experiencing symptoms and do not have access to transportation.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued an order that limited gatherings in public meetings to 10 people. Exceptions will be made for federal, state, and local employees. The order took effect Tuesday afternoon.

Marlins Park will open Wednesday as another Covid-19 testing site in Miami-Dade. On Tuesday, Gimenez clarified that the location will only be testing people ages 65 and older who are experiencing symptoms — and by appointment only.

FIU released an update Tuesday evening that a student had tested positive for coronavirus. The announcement stated that it had been 17 days since the student had been on campus, therefore they believe it is unlikely other members of the university were exposed. 

Local 10 also reported on Tuesday evening that field-hospitals are being built at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and the Miami-Dade Youth Fair. Each will contain 250 beds. The hospital in Broward will be expected to open within 24 to 48 hours. 

The city of Hallandale Beach imposed a curfew on its residents on Tuesday. Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. residents are to remain in their homes in exception to essential activities. The curfew does not apply to residents walking their pets around their vicinity.

Officials Lincoln Manor, an assisted-living facility located in Hollywood stated on Tuesday that an employee tested positive for COVID 19. The facility has 50 residents, two of them are currently hospitalized with symptoms related to the virus. Lincoln Manor is the second ALF in Broward County affected by the coronavirus, the first being Atria Willow Wood. 

During a commission meeting on Tuesday, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony mentioned that he is struggling to obtain the designated equipment by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention his deputies need in order to work safely. Tony also expressed that he worries other police departments might be having the same issue.

Multimedia story of the day: According to data collected by the Pew Research Center’s Election News Pathways Project, Hispanics are more prone to seeing the Coronavirus as a threat to their daily life, financial status, and overall health than Americans. 


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Mickaella is a senior at FIU, currently majoring in Journalism and looking forward to a Spring 2020 graduation. She was born in New Jersey but moved to Miami at the age of 7. Missing the fall foliage, winter snow and 24/7 deli’s, she plans to move back up north to New York after graduation and further enhance her career.