Florida now has 3.7% of the United States’ COVID-19 victims and 668 deaths. Miami-Dade continues to be the state’s hotspot with over 8,000 cases.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced on Thursday that all 26 library locations in the county will provide printed food stamp (SNAP) and Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) applications in addition to the unemployment forms already provided. The forms can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. He added that the libraries will also accept donations for pets. Animal Services will then distribute those donations to residents in need.
Gimenez also gave an update on the county’s finances, informing that the departments have spent nearly $11 million. He estimated that spending could reach $45 million, but added the county would likely be reimbursed by either FEMA or the CARES Act.
— Miami-Dade County (@MiamiDadeCounty) April 16, 2020
Publix announced on Wednesday evening it will reserve special shopping hours for first responders, hospital staff and seniors. The hours for seniors would be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. and first responders as well as hospital staff hours will be Thursdays from 8 to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 7 to 8 a.m.
Miami Jewish Health System employees and residents have tested positive for COVID-19. All families have been notified and immediate action has been taken to protect those affected. Miami Jewish Health Senior Care Complex contains approximately 1,200 physicians, nurses, caregivers and support staff serving over 10,000 clients a year. The identities of those that have been confirmed positive was withheld for privacy.
WSVN 7 reported on Thursday that a recovered COVID-19 Coral Springs police officer had donated his plasma at OneBlood. Lt. Scott Meyers was diagnosed last month and has made a full recovery.
Broward Health shared on Thursday that it will be opening a second mobile testing unit in Pompano Beach. The site will open on Monday, April 20. Those who would like to get screened will need to pre-register and have a prescription. They will also have to call to make an appointment.
Local 10 reported on Wednesday evening that a third resident of The Court of Palm Aire in Pompano Beach died due to complications of COVID-19. The nursing home now has three deaths.
Broward County Mayor Dale Holness announced on Thursday evening that The Festival Market at 2900 West Sample Road in Pompano Beach will also begin drive-thru testing on Monday.
The Festival Market at 2900 West Sample Road in Pompano is also scheduled to begin drive-thru testing again on Monday. You must make an appointment for drive-thru testing at the Festival Market by calling (954) 320-5730 from 8AM-4:30PM.
— Mayor Dale V.C. Holness (@HolnessD9) April 16, 2020
Royal Caribbean Cruises released a statement on Thursday announcing that the global suspension of sailings would be extended till June 11. The cruise line will work with guests who had reservations. They expect to return to service on June 12.
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Thursday evening suspending the biweekly reporting requirement for those who claim for unemployment. The order will expire on May 8 unless extended.
DeSantis also announced on Thursday that new testing sites will open in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. The sites will start operating on Saturday, April 18 and will be located at the Urban League and Mitchell Moore Park. There will be walk-through testing for those who do not have access to a car.
According to the state, 23,801 checks of $600 were mailed out this week to residents. Additionally, for the week ending April 11, the state received a total of 175,306 applications for reemployment assistance. The department also stated it will conduct nightly maintenance to the CONNECT system. Therefore, it will not be available from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily.
Multimedia story of the day: The Pew Research Center shares survey results that show lower-income parents are more worried their children are falling behind amid the pandemic school closures.
Tweet of the day:
if you’re not getting a text back during quarantine just give up
— justin (@farringt0n) April 16, 2020
Mickaella Mori wrote the story. Andrea Igliozzi produced the video.