Friday, March 27, 2020

Florida pastor says he'll keep church open during coronavirus outbreak, claims to have most sterile building in America

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 5:11 PM

Rodney Howard-Browne, a Tampa megachurch pastor who has already said he’ll cure coronavirus just like he did with Zika, says he will continue holding services at his church during the coronavirus pandemic because his church is very sterile. The conservative preacher and evangelical leader recently posted a video that...

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Here’s the petition calling for Publix employees to receive hazard pay

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 3:59 PM

Earlier this week, Lakeland-based grocer giant Publix announced that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Now an online petition dubbed “Give Publix Employees Hazard Pay” is circulating, and it calls for a major change in the company’s pay policy. “During this national emergency, Publix is making record profit,” wrote...

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Video shows cell phones on Florida beach during spring break, and where they've travelled during coronavirus outbreak

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 1:34 PM

A new “heat map” using cellphone location data shows the terrifying consequences of Florida’s beaches remaining open during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As you can see in the video, cellphones on a single beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during spring break were selected and tracked, and then seen sprawling...

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Petition for DeSantis to shut down Florida now has over 300,000 signatures

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 1:11 PM

An online petition calls for Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida State Senate to “shut down Florida” to deter the spread of COVID-19. The petition has been gaining traction. Although it was only created six days ago, it already has over 320,000 signatures. According to the website, the petition was...

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Coronavirus is causing Florida to lock up far fewer people

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Florida law enforcement officials are locking up fewer people and in some cases releasing non-violent offenders, a strategy designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus through the state’s criminal-justice system. The new approach is showing up across the state. In Hillsborough County, law enforcement officials last week released...

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Labor groups and Florida Democrats are demanding changes to unemployment

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Florida needs a more accessible unemployment-compensation system, with increased benefits, so people out of work because of the novel coronavirus can get assistance they need, labor leaders and Democrats said Thursday. In a conference call, union representatives and workers warned of a “massive wave of unemployment” hitting the state...

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Orange County Library System suspends home delivery services

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 8:26 PM

Following a government directive to shut  down non-essential services, the Orange County Library System has temporarily stopped home delivery service. Considering an ongoing shelter-in-place order in Orange and Seminole counties is keeping kids home from school, and a statewide order prohibits visits to retirement homes, the suspension hits parents...

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Florida's long-term care facilities face big worries and few answers about coronavirus testing

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 6:07 PM

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across Florida, its impact on long-term care facilities and the roughly 190,000 elderly and disabled residents they serve is not clear. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration said 40 long-term care residents had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday evening, but it won’t...

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Thursday afternoon's latest coronavirus numbers show Florida has some hard weeks ahead

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 2:53 PM

Gov. Ron DeSantis may still be ardently resisting a statewide shelter-in-place order, but the latest coronavirus figures released from the Florida Department of Health on Thursday afternoon show the spread of COVID-19 has not slowed. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida is now 2,355, an increase of 378...

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Rick Scott, who gutted Florida's unemployment system, says coronavirus stimulus will pay low-wage workers too much

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 2:02 PM

Florida Sen. Rick Scott, the former governor who basically reached into the state’s chest, ripped out the unemployment system while yelling “Kali Ma,” and lowered it into a lava pit, argued last night that increased unemployment benefits in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package may encourage people to not...

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