COVID-19 cases topped the 5 million mark in the US over the weekend. In Florida, it’s over 530,000. The total of confirmed cases is now 532,806 with 8,186 Floridians losing their lives. For the latest information check with Dove Coronavirus site for the Florida Dashboard which is updated daily at 11 am, including the weekend. The Florida Department of Health also has the COVID-19 Call Center open 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121. You can also reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall becomes Pinellas County’s latest testing site today. Testing will be available from 7-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. BayCare is running this site and you must have a doctor’s referral or have symptoms to be tested. If do not have a doctor’s referral you will be screened based on guidelines set by the CDC.
The National Hurricane Center is watching Invest 95-L, several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands with a 50% chance of development over the next five days. Just last week the 202 hurricane season was updated to 19 to 25 named storms, including 7 to 11 hurricanes. On that pace it would come close to being one of the most active seasons ever. The Dove Hurricane Guide has advice from our weather partners at 10 Tampa Bay on what preparations you should already have made and other helpful tips.
Hillsborough County schools will start classes August 24th but only online. At last week’s meeting the School Board voted to delay the opening of school building by four weeks. The board will meet again on Sept. 8th to decide if and when the schools will reopen. For at look at the full reopening plan check here. Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said that this plan violates the state’s plan to open schools and threatened to withhold funding.
Bay area Teachers could use some help with classroom supplies. The “Adopt a Teacher” program on Facebook includes lists from teachers with specific needs and where you can buy them. Some of the most requested items are cleaning supplies. masks and air purifiers. For your county’s Adopt A Teacher wish list please check here.
The statewide moratorium on housing evictions and foreclosures has been extended with a new date of September 1st. Property owners who are not receiving their payments are now in the position of laying off staff and downsizing themselves. When the moratorium does end you are responsible for all back payments and can be evicted for non-payment.
Cruise lines are putting trips on hold again. The Cruise Lines International Association announced no sailings until at least September. The CDC’s No Sail Order bans cruising in U.S. waters until at least Oct. 1.