WUSF can be offering the newest information and knowledge on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and throughout the state. Listed below are the newest developments:
Complete constructive instances of coronavirus as of seven:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, in keeping with the Florida Division of Well being.
142 – Florida Residents | 6 – Florida Circumstances Repatriated | 18 – Non-Florida Residents
State Publicizes New Coronavirus Circumstances, Fifth Dying
The Florida Division of Well being introduced 24 new instances of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the entire quantity within the state to 160.
142 Floridians have examined constructive for COVID-19 and one other 18 folks from out-of-state have examined constructive in Florida. There are additionally six Florida residents with coronavirus who’re being handled in different states.
A fifth particular person has died in Florida from the coronavirus. The particular person died in Orange County, a launch from the state stated, however no different identification particulars have been supplied.
The state additionally launched a COVID-19 dashboard, offering a map with a county-by-county breakdown of present instances. Nevertheless, the state’s launch asserting the brand new instances didn’t present data that was beforehand out there. The state didn’t present the person ages and places for the brand new sufferers who examined constructive. [Read more]
— Julio Ochoa
Tampa, St. Petersburg Set Limits on Gatherings, Bars and Eating places
The mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg held separate Fb Stay classes on Monday, asserting new limitations on gatherings, in addition to at eating places and bars.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor ordered all bars and eating places to restrict their occupancy to 50 p.c of their most capability, beginning Tuesday at midday. She additionally ordered them to shut day by day at 10 p.m. till additional discover. [Read more]
Late Monday evening, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill issued an administrative order with the identical restrictions for eating places, bars, and personal golf equipment in the remainder of the county. [Read more]
St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman stated his metropolis is proscribing each private and non-private gatherings to 50 folks and can restrict late alcohol gross sales at bars and eating places in an effort to comprise the coronavirus outbreak. Bars and eating places should now abide by a last-call of 9 p.m., and Kriseman confused that this restriction can be strongly enforced.
“Late evening revelry on this metropolis is not going to be allowed,” Kriseman stated.
As well as, all libraries, recreation heart and swimming pools can be closed to the general public till additional discover. [Read more]
— Lisa Peakes, Steve New child and Carl Lisciandrello
WrestleMania Moved Out of Tampa
WrestleMania 36 is not going to be held in Tampa in any case. World Wrestling Leisure issued a state on Twitter saying it’ll transfer the occasion to its coaching facility in Orlando.
Because it has finished with current televised occasions, WrestleMania can be held within the empty WWE Efficiency Middle in Orlando. Solely important personnel can be allowed on the closed set. [Read more]
— Carl Lisciandrello and Mark Schreiner
Gov. DeSantis Publicizes Small Enterprise Mortgage Program
Gov. Ron DeSantis introduced Monday that Florida will provide $50 million in mortgage packages for small companies which can be being adversely impacted by the novel coronavirus. The interest-free mortgage program is designed to assist corporations keep in enterprise within the short-term.
Small companies with two to 100 staff can apply for loans as much as $50,000. [Read more]
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Leisure Facility Closures in Metropolis of Sarasota
The Metropolis of Sarasota on Monday introduced that Metropolis leisure amenities can be closed starting Wednesday March 18, by not less than the tip of the month. Closures embody Arlington Park and Aquatic Advanced, Bobby Jones Golf Membership, Lido Seashore Pool, Payne Park Tennis Middle, Payne Park Skate Park and the Robert L. Taylor Group Middle. The Metropolis Fee’s subsequent common assembly scheduled for April 6 has been canceled.
On Monday, The Ringling Museum of Artwork and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota additionally introduced they are going to be closed till additional discover.
Seashore Closures, Curfews In Miami, Fort Lauderdale
Whereas the state was urging social distancing in an effort to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus, spring break crowds descended on elements of South Florida over the weekend.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stated the state will make suggestions about these sorts of gatherings based mostly on new pointers that the Facilities for Illness Management was anticipated to launch on Monday. Later Sunday evening, the CDC really helpful that everybody cancel or postpone gatherings of greater than 50 folks for the following eight weeks.
The governor praised efforts by some South Florida officers to curb crowds. The mayors of Fort Lauderdale and Miami Seashore introduced Sunday related measures for his or her cities – together with curfews and seaside closures. [Read more]
No Visitation At Hillsborough County Jails
Efficient Tuesday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Workplace is suspending suspending jailhouse video visitation for households and buddies of inmates.
In a launch, the sheriff’s workplace stated distant video visitation can be out there for $eight for 20 minutes. It may be arrange at https://hcsovisit.com/app.
As well as, the lobbies on the Falkenberg and Orient Street amenities can be closed. These arriving on the Orient Street Jail to pay bond for an inmate can be directed to a aspect door, the place a sheriff’s workplace worker will help them.
— Carl Lisciandrello
Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Workplace Publicizes Modifications
The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Workplace is closing two places and canceling some companies.
The next places of work can be closed from March 17 to March 27:
- Skyway Workplace, 1067 62nd Ave S, St. Petersburg, 33705
- Gulf to Bay Workplace, 1663 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, 33755
The opposite places will stay open– the North County workplace in Clearwater, Mid-County Workplace in Largo and South County workplace in St. Petersburg.
Throughout this time, the workplace additionally is not going to carry out highway assessments or subject hid weapons license.
— Carl Lisciandrello
ACT Exams Rescheduled For June
School-bound college students must wait a month to take their ACT.
In a launch, ACT officers stated the check is being rescheduled from April four to June 13 on account of the coronavirus outbreak.
College students registered to take the ACT will obtain directions on subsequent steps.
For extra data, go to the ACT web site.
— Carl Lisciandrello
How Coronavirus Is Impacting Tampa Bay Companies
Native companies are beginning to really feel the influence of coronavirus.
Because the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention urges folks to proceed social distancing, some native companies are seeing a site visitors decelerate because of this. [Read more]
— Delaney Brown
Free Meals Obtainable For Florida College students
Free meals for youngsters underneath 18 can be out there at Florida colleges in the course of the ongoing coronavirus closures, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried stated Sunday.
Final yr, greater than 2 million Florida college kids have been eligible without cost or reduced-priced lunches. Fried stated in a press release that activating the summer season meals program would supply a substitute for households who depend on these meals.
The state already has activated 934 “break-spot’ places in counties throughout the state, together with Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee, and Polk.
This system – which usually operates in the course of the summer season – will not be working straight away in any respect places due to scheduled spring breaks. Households are inspired to examine the web site SummerBreakSpot web site to seek out open places.
— WUSF Workers
Disney Closing Lodges, Retailers
All Disney shops in North America, together with places at Disney Springs in Orlando, will shut on Tuesday.
Lodges at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Vero Seashore Resort will shut on Friday.
UCF Rosen School of Hospitality Administration Dean Robertico Croes says it’ll have a big effect on different companies too.
“It’s a enormous factor. So, the issue is once more demand. It’s not solely folks holding off on spending cash as a result of they don’t have a job, but additionally corporations can be holding off and those that have the spending energy are additionally holding off.” [Read more]
Drive-By Coronavirus Exams In Broward
Gov. Ron DeSantis says a drive-through testing website for COVID-19 can be arrange this week in Broward County, which has been hit notably arduous by coronavirus. He stated throughout a press convention Sunday evening in Tallahassee it is going to be manned by Florida Nationwide Guard troops.
DeSantis additionally referred to as on muncipalities to name off spring break festivities, saying giant gatherings might change into a breeding floor for the illness. [Read more]
— Steve New child