Tracking coronavirus: Dozens more deaths reported as state cases top 50,000

 Below is a log of the day's events as it relates to the global coronavirus pandemic. 

5:00 a.m. -- Here are the latest numbers from The Florida Department of Health: 

Coronavirus cases in Florida: 49,451
Deaths: 2,190

6:00 a.m. -- Small theme parks in Central Florida are getting the go-ahead to reopen in Orange County. Fun Spot Orlando reopened Friday afternoon. Gatorland reopens on Saturday. Details HERE.

7:00 a.m. -- There were more than 300,000 individuals who had recovered from COVID-19 in the United States as of May 22, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

9:15 a.m. -- President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.

11:00 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health reported on Saturday that there are 50,127 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida. The death toll is at 2,233.

12:30 p.m. -- Florida’s unemployment rate reached a record high in April of almost 13%, tripling in one month as the economic slowdown from the coronavirus pandemic took hold, as some of the state’s largest employers such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios shed workers, data released Friday shows.

2:00 p.m. -- Bar owners, workers, and regulars protested outside bars in Volusia County on Saturday. They're calling on the governor to open their local watering holes back up. Read more HERE. 

2:15 p.m. -- The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July. It's the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

4:00 p.m. -- Following President Trump's order, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered that all U.S and Florida flags at local and state buildings be flown at half-staff to honor those who have lost their lives in the coronavirus pandemic.

Florida COVID-19 Interactive Map HERE

Worldwide COVID-19 Interactive Map  


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