Tuesday’s Coronavirus Updates: Bars to close for 30 days; students to learn from home until April 15
As of Wednesday morning, there are 216 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. This number includes 21 cases of non-Florida residents diagnosed in the state. There are seven total deaths in Florida.
One person has died in Manatee County who tested positive for COVID-19, FDOH confirmed Tuesday.
In Southwest Florida, there are 15 total cases, with one in Charlotte County, seven in Lee County and seven in Collier County.
The most recent COVID-19 case in Lee County, announced Tuesday morning, is currently being cared for at Gulf Coast Medical Center, according to Lee Health.
Macy’s, Inc. announced the closure of all of its stores nationwide starting at closing time Tuesday through March 31. This includes all Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet and Market by Macy’s stores.
Sephora also announced the closure of all of its stores beginning Tuesday through April 3.
Nordstrom announced on Monday that they’d be closing all of its stores beginning Tuesday for two weeks.
Governor Ron DeSantis announced all Florida bars and clubs will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed for 30 days.
Restaurants are limited to 50% capacity. Seating needs to be staggered by at least six feet and take-out must be encouraged. Restaurants should also screen employees, DeSantis said.
As recommended by the governor, starting Tuesday, remote instruction will continue through the end of the spring semester at each state university and students who can return home should return home. Though not required at this time, state universities should consider using remote instruction for the early summer terms.
All K-12 schools will remain physically closed to students until April 15, and students will do independent learning online until that time.
LOCAL STATES OF EMERGENCY
Lee Collier and Charlotte counties have all declared a state or local emergency.
County commissioners plan to close libraries, recreation centers, dog parks and little league activity at the end of the day Tuesday. However, Lee County parks including beaches and conservation 20/20 lands will stay open.
Collier county has announced the closure of the following County-owned facilities; aquatic sites and water features, fitness centers, community centers, public libraries, and museum events and programs.
The county clarified the main purpose of declaring a local state of emergency is to free up resources and funding to better prepare. The order will remain in effect for 7 days, then county leaders will need to reassess whether to extended.
Watch President Trump’s full Tuesday briefing.
More than 4,600 people have tested positive for the new COVID-19 disease in the U.S. and at least 71 have died. Globally, the death toll was just over 7,300 on Tuesday. While more than 183,000 people have caught the virus around the world, almost half have already recovered, and the vast majority of cases remain mild.
The latest numbers from the state health department includes an Orange County patient-resident who died Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. The patient was a 68-year-old woman. Her test was performed in California following travel to Asia.
Tuesday’s COVID-19 headlines:
- U.S. stocks futures give up early big gains after Wall Street’s dark day
- Where to find voting precincts in SWFL
- Community Foundations of Collier County and Southwest Florida launch coronavirus relief funds
- Lee County government holds a briefing on coronavirus
IF YOU FEEL SICK:
The Florida Department of Health has opened a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to [email protected] Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
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