Man at Miami-Dade coronavirus testing site goes from car to ambulance
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A man was so ill on Tuesday at the drive-through testing site in Miami Gardens that National Health Transport personnel put him on a stretcher and in the back of an ambulance. The man was driving a black four-door BMW at the temporary testing site at the Hard Rock Stadium. As hundreds waited in line to be screened for testing, he was rushed out in an ambulance and a tow truck removed his car from the property. Ron DeSantis ordered the Florida National Guard to make sure nurses collected samples from 750 people. The Florida National Guard is preparing to open a second drive-through testing site at Marlins Park in Miami’s Little Havana.
Doctors in Miami-Dade diagnosed with COVID-19
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Two doctors in Miami-Dade County are among the new wave of healthcare providers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Whitehead, a surgeon and critical care physician, and Ramirez, an anesthesiologist, are married and live in Miami Beach. Whitehead is taking care of Ramirez, who was feeling really ill on Monday. "We don’t know ... we’re told that equipment’s on the way from our government when we listen to these press briefings. However, when we talk to the hospitals, we really don’t think that stuff is coming to us.
Worker ‘coming in while sick’ caused 3 coronavirus deaths, DeSantis says
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Richard Curren was the first of three Atria Willow Wood residents to die of COVID-19, the deadly respiratory disease that is spreading in South Florida. DeSantis blamed their deaths on Atria Senior Living, the operator of the assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale. The three residents who died are among the 13 who had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon. After the three COVID-19 patients died, Mary Mayhew, the secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, said Atria Willow Wood wasn’t the only ALF under investigation for COVID-19. As of Monday afternoon, the CDC confirmed 14 deaths in Florida were caused by COVID-19.
Baptist Hospital of Miami nurses: ‘Please stay at home for us’
A group of Baptist Hospital of Miami nurses released a video on Instagram late Friday night asking the public to isolate at home to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 respiratory illness. The nurses joined the #WeStayAtWorkForYou worldwide plea after Miami Beach closed hotels Friday night in preparation for a nightly curfew at the entertainment district in an effort to contain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Saturday morning, the Florida Department of Health reported the Centers for Disease Control and Protection had confirmed 510 COVID-19 cases in Florida residents. According to the state data, nearly 45% of those cases were in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Officials reported 128 confirmed cases in Broward and 123 cases in Miami-Dade.
Miami Beach closes all hotels; issues new curfew
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach, a mecca that draws tourists, is already feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, from the closures of local businesses and beaches to curfews designed to keep the community safe. On Friday, the city of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County took even larger emergency measures by closing all commercial lodging establishments. This means hotels, suite hotels, hotel units within apartment-hotels, hostels, dormitories, motels, and temporary vacation/short term rentals are ordered to shut down operations and tell guests they must leave. But right now, as painful as it may be, the reality is we just cannot be a tourist destination,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber in a statement. Miami Beach mayor declares state of emergency to deal with COVID-19 threatGelber apologized to the operators and employees of the properties.
Lockdown for Miami not out of the question, says city’s mayor
MIAMI – Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez have both said they are considering tougher measures to control the impact of the pandemic. Mayor Francis Suarez answered questions Friday in an interview on ABC’s “The View” and talked about more possible changes. When asked if he was considering a lockdown scenario in Miami, Suarez said he had spoken with the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, about what was happening in her city. Only essential businesses can remain open like grocery stores, social services and news organizations. Miami-Dade County’s transit scheduled has been reduced.
Here is where to get tested for coronavirus in South Florida
As authorities move to support more testing in an effort to contain the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, more testing locations are opening up. MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: Here is the government’s list of both drive-through and walk-in testing sitesBROWARD COUNTY: Here is the government’s list of both drive-through and walk-in testing sitesMONROE COUNTY: Here is the government’s list of both drive-through and walk-in testing sitesPALM BEACH COUNTY: Here is the government’s list of both drive-through and walk-in testing sitesTESTING DATA: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is filing regular reports on testing around the nation here and the Florida Department of Health is filing regular reports on testing in the state here. THE MAP (Drive-through testing sites only)
COVID-19 risk follows couple from Seattle to Broward County’s Hollywood Beach
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Two tourists, Dr. Steve Smith and his wife, Carla Granat, were walking near the beach on Thursday in Hollywood. They are from the state of Washington, where at least 66 people have died of COVID-19. They found serenity in Hollywood, but now that authorities have closed the beach, restaurants, and other venues, they are considering flying back to Seattle. “Statistically, I am going to be OK doing what I am doing," Granat said. Officials announced a COVID-19 patient died in Duval County raising the number of deaths in Florida to nine.
University of Miami reports presumptive COVID-19 case at medical campus
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)MIAMI – In a statement released on Tuesday, the University of Miami announced there is a presumptive case of COVID-19 with links to the medical campus near downtown Miami. Doctors consider it a presumptive case because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to release confirmation. “This person is in good condition and is self-isolating to prevent the spread of infection to others,” a university spokesperson wrote. UM’s Miller School of Medicine is within the Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex in Miami-Dade County’s Health District in Allapattah.
Firefighters, police officer isolated after Broward COVID-19 death
A Fort Lauderdale police officer who went into the room of one of the deceased to identify the body and do paperwork has now been isolated. Fort Lauderdale’s Dean Trantalis confirmed that “three elderly residents at assistant living facilities in our city have passed away.” Trantalis said test results confirmed that one was infected with the coronavirus." The senior vice president of care at the facility, Mike Gentry, said there have been “four other residents at the hospital also being tested for COVID-19. As for the other two residents who died, test results are pending. The woman whose husband tested positive and died from the coronavirus presumably had contact with him, but at last check, she has not been tested.
Florida woman dies after Asia trip, COVID-19 diagnosis in California
MIAMI – A Florida woman who traveled to Asia and was diagnosed with COVID-19 in California died, Florida Department of Health officials announced on Saturday. The woman is the third Florida resident to die after being diagnosed with the respiratory illness. Florida’s two other COVID-19 victims are also travel-related cases. A 71-year-old man, who lived in Santa Rosa County, died after a voyage in a Nile River cruise. A 77-year-old woman, who lived in Lee County, died after a trip to the Dominican Republic.
Officials report more COVID-19 cases in Miami-Dade County
MIAMI – Amid the global pandemic, the Florida Department of Health announced early Saturday morning there are six positive cases of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County. Additionally, Department of Health also confirmed 20 positive cases of coronavirus involving Broward County residents. The Saturday morning DOH reports showed the positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida had surged to 83 -- and include three deaths. Six were Florida residents diagnosed and isolated outside of Florida, seven were non-Florida residents and 70 identified as Florida residents. Here is the list of Miami-Dade County patients released at 12:54 a.m.:UNDER INVESTIGATIONMiami Mayor Francis X. Suarez, 42, announced he was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday.
Officials report 3 new COVID-19 cases in Palm Beach County
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Amid the global pandemic, the Florida Department of Health announced early Saturday morning there are three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County. Epidemiologic field investigators are still searching for the cause of the new 37-year-old patient who was diagnosed with the respiratory illness. Investigators reported the cases of the other two patients, a 59-year-old woman, and a 65-year-old man, have “a known history of exposure to COVID-19 associated with travel outside of Florida.”On Friday, public health officials reported there were two travel-related cases involving two men, ages 73 and 74. The Saturday morning DOH reports showed the positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida had surged to 83 -- and include three deaths. Six were Florida residents diagnosed and isolated outside of Florida, seven were non-Florida residents and 70 identified as Florida residents.
Broward County COVID-19 cluster nearly doubles in 1 day, officials say
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Amid a spreading worldwide pandemic, Broward County’s newly confirmed COVID-19 cases nearly doubled in one day. The Florida Department of Health announced early Saturday morning there are 20 positive cases of COVID-19 involving Broward County residents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects COVID-19 cases to increase nationwide. The Saturday morning DOH reports showed the positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida had surged to 83 -- and include three deaths. Here is the list of COVID-19 cases in Broward County as of 12:54 a.m., March 14:UNDER INVESTIGATION: 7 casesWoman, 22, is a patient with a case that remains under investigation.
US: Immigrants can seek COVID-19 care without fear
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The U.S. government says a new rule disqualifying more people from green cards if they use government benefits will not apply to immigrants with coronavirus or virus symptoms if they seek care. Advocates say they have been fielding panicked calls from immigrants who are worried about the impact on their status if they seek health care. As the coronavirus began to spread more widely in the U.S., supporters and lawmakers cautioned it could be detrimental to public health if some immigrants were too afraid to seek care. U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, said the rule scares away people from seeking care, posing a public health risk for everyone. She tweeted after the new statement on Friday: “This is a huge win for immigrants, public health AND everyone!”___Associated Press reporter Amy Taxin contributed to this report
Miami-Dade County public schools to close Monday, Carvalho says
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced on Friday Miami-Dade County public schools will be temporarily closed starting Monday, but the community feeding plan for children will be open and running at school cafeterias. Carvalho said a COVID-19 case applied to a patient who interacted with children in Miami-Dade County public schools. This is a developing story.
COVID-19 precautions: Universal Orlando to temporarily close on Sunday
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)MIAMI – Universal Studios announced on Thursday night the Universal Orlando Resort will close on Sunday. Hourly employees will be paid for any work scheduled through the end of March, a company spokesperson said in a statement. Universal Orlando’s hotels and Universal CityWalk will remain open. Here is the company’s statement:Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our nation’s preventive efforts, Universal Orlando Resort will temporarily close its theme parks. Hourly team members will be paid for any work scheduled through the end of March.
Did you know COVID-19 is name of disease, not virus? Here are 10 facts about new coronavirus:
A spokesperson for WHO told Science using the name SARS could create "unnecessary fear,” so the organization was going to refer to the disease as COVID-19 and to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which scientists are using, as the COVID-19 virus. Data shows, people aged 80 or older had a fatality rate of nearly 15 percent. People aged 70 to 79 had a fatality rate of about 8 percent. People aged 60 to 69 had a fatality rate of 3.6 percent. Researchers found the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolved to become more aggressive and spread more quickly.