ORLANDO, Fla. - FOX 35 tracks the latest COVID-19 updates.
2:00 p.m. -- The White House Chief of Staff said that "let's go ahead and get a stimulus check out to Americans. Let's make sure that small businesses are protected with an extended [Payroll Protection] Program and put the postal funding in there. We'll pass it tomorrow. The president will sign it." Read more HERE.
1:00 p.m. -- While shelters saw some large COVID-19 outbreaks, the virus so far doesn't appear to have brought devastation to the homeless population as many feared, researchers have found. Details HERE.
12:00 p.m. -- Florida voters are voting by mail in larger numbers, likely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more HERE.
10:45 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health on Sunday reported 3,779 new cases of COVID-19 and 107 more deaths. The new statewide case total since the pandemic began is now at 573,416, resulting in 9,452 deaths.
The new cases announced Sunday by the Florida Health Department continued a steady decline from last month, when the one-day total of newly reported cases surged to 15,300 cases on July 12.
The number of new cases is the lowest since June 23, when officials reported 3,286 new cases. The dip brought down the daily average of new infections to a little more than 5,800 a day over the past week. The average number of deaths over the same period was slightly more than 180 deaths a day.
The number of deaths reported Sunday was about half of the totals from each of the past two days. Hospitalizations generally held steady, with nearly 5,700 people being treated for the virus.
8:00 a.m. -- People can get tested for coronavirus at the Volusia County Fairgrounds on Sunday starting at 8 a.m. Testing is free and goes until 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended but not required.
7:00 a.m. -- As of Saturday, the Florida Department of Health has reported 569,637 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, resulting in 9,345 deaths.
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Phase two of Florida's reopening is ongoing. The following is in effect:
- Restaurants can now allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing.
- Bars and pubs were originally able to operate with 50 percent capacity indoors and full capacity outside as long as appropriate social distancing is followed. However, the state has put a temporary ban on liquor sales at bars as COVID-19 cases surge, forcing many bars to close.
- Retail stores can now operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols.
- Gyms can now operate at full capacity as well with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitization.
- Entertainment businesses, like movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, can operate at 50 percent with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols.
- Personal services businesses, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons, and massage establishments, may operate with guidance from the Florida Department of Health.
- Pari-mutuel betting facilities can submit a request to reopen to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The request must include an endorsement from their county mayor or county administrator if there is no mayor.
Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach -- which are the counties that got hit the heaviest by coronavirus in Florida -- will remain in phase one for the time being. When ready, they can seek approval from their county mayor or county administrator to enter phase two.
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces. Others can then contract the virus by touching these objects or surfaces, then their eyes, nose or mouth.
As stated before, symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They may show in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure, the Florida Department of Health says. Most people recover from COVID-19 without special treatment, but the elderly and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness.
If you display coronavirus symptoms, you should contact a local health organization and make them aware of your condition prior to arrival while also following specific instructions or guidelines they may have.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 and let them know if you have been infected or believe that you may be. If you are infected, a medical professional or another authority will likely advise that you remain isolated while sick. This includes staying at home and not going into public places or large events.
Please visit the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-(866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Globally, there have been over 21.4 million COVID-19 cases, resulting in over 771,000 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.
Below is an interactive John Hopkins University dashboard, showing a country-by-country breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases across the world.
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