Tracking coronavirus: Florida shatters daily reported record with increase of more than 3,200 cases
ORLANDO, Fla. - Below is a log of the day's events as it relates to the global coronavirus pandemic.
10:45 p.m. -- Despite a recent spike in cases, experts say some may be experiencing quarantine fatigue as the coronavirus pandemic continues. What a doctor recommends you do to push through and stay safe HERE.
8:30 p.m. -- Walt Disney World has canceled 'Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party' as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Find out more on why HERE.
5:30 p.m. -- Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in Orange County is required to wear a face-covering while in public starting Saturday, Mayor Demings announced. More details and full executive order HERE.
5:00 p.m. -- Orange County officials give an update on the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
4:00 p.m. -- The Orlando Fire Department announced that there are now a total of 28 members who have tested positive for the virus. Read more HERE.
2:00 p.m. -- As Florida continues to see a spike in coronavirus cases, some experts say that the Sunshine State could potentially become the next COVID-19 epicenter. Details HERE.
1:00 p.m. -- The University of Texas says that 13 football players have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19. Officials say that number includes two reported from initial surveillance testing last week.
11:00 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health says coronavirus cases in the state have climbed by 3,207, bringing the total to 85,926. The death toll is up to 3,061.
9:15 a.m. -- About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a historically high number, even as the economy increasingly reopens and employers bring some people back to work.
7:00 a.m. -- Officials in Orlando are monitoring what they believe is a breeding ground for the coronavirus. They're seeing a number of new cases come out of the UCF area. Many of those cases are being traced back to some local hangouts.
5:45 a.m. -- Seminole County’s Emergency Management Director is calling Oviedo’s 32765 zipcode a COVID-19 hotspot, stating that they have had 100 people test positive for the virus there since June 8th, continuing a recent spike in Seminole County.
4:30 a.m. -- Starting Thursday, passengers on United Airlines flights must wear face masks. HERE is what will happen if you don't comply.
Below is an interactive Florida Department of Health dashboard, showing a county-by-county breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases statewide.
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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 can now operate with 50 percent capacity indoors and full capacity outside as long as appropriate social distancing is followed. Only seated patrons can receive service.
- 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.
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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.
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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 COVIDemail@example.com.
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Globally, there have been over 8.4 million COVID-19 cases, resulting in over 450,000 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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