New Tropical System To Watch; More Remdesivir Heading For Hospitals

The National Hurricane Center expects a new system to become our next named storm soon. Areas in the eastern Caribbean including Puerto Rico are in the way of the storm that would be named Isiais. The early track has Florida within the cone but our weather partners from 10 Tampa Bay say it’s far too early to tell where it might. Tropical storm warnings are up for areas that include Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To track the storm keep the Dove Hurricane Guide handy.

Another 20,000 vials of remdesivir will be distributed to Florida hospitals this week to help patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Tuesday saw a record number of deaths at 191.The total for newly reported cases was 9,230 taking the state total to 441,997. The Florida Dashboard is available with updated numbers each morning at 11 am. The Florida Department of Health has the COVID-19 Call Center open 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121. You can also reach them by email at covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

The season is on hold for the Miami Marlins with at least 15 members of the team and staff testing positive for coronavirus. The home opener was cancelled along with all games for the Marlins through Sunday for now, Reps from major league baseball and the players union met Monday with reports of social distancing protocols being ignored by the team.

Manatee County Commissioners voted to require everyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask in public places. There are exceptions for health conditions and anyone under the age of six. That order went into effect immediately with fines starting at $50, and up to $250 for repeat offenders.

If you get a packet of seeds in the mail you didn’t order- don’t open them. The seeds apparently come from China and officials have no idea what they are or what they’re for. It could be anything from a scam to agricultural bio-terrorism. 160 packets have been received in Florida and more nationwide. If you do get one contact the FDACS Division of Plant Industry at 1-888-397-1517 or DPIhelpline@FDACS.gov.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has issued a request for proposals to redevelop the land Tropicana Field now sits on. The RPR is inviting developers to submit plans in the next six months for a multi-use plan that would include a new place for the Rays to play. The mayor also said the land will be developed, whether the Rays stay or not.

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