Wednesday, November 25, 9 a.m.
Miami-Dade’s Thanksgiving message: COVID is getting worse. Stay home or eat outside. Read more here.
Tuesday, November 24, 1 p.m.
Need a COVID test before Thanksgiving? Try these South Florida sites. Read more here.
Tuesday, November 24, 9 a.m.
There was a 28% increase in child Covid-19 cases over the last two weeks, American Academy of Pediatrics says. Read more here.
Monday, November 23, 4 p.m.
Florida COVID-19 resident death toll hits 18,000 and state adds 6,331 confirmed cases. Read more here.
Friday, November 20, 9:30 a.m.
Florida sees more than 9,000 new COVID-19 cases, nearly 2,000 of them in Miami-Dade. Read more here.
Monday, November 16, 8:30 a.m.
Florida reports 10,105 COVID cases, most since July 25, for a total exceeding 885,000. Read more here.
Saturday, November 14, 9:30 a.m.
Florida reports more than 4,000 new COVID cases again as Miami-Dade hits a milestone. Read more here.
Friday, October 30, 9:30 a.m.
Hundreds of students at three Miami-Dade public schools quarantined due to COVID. Read more here.
Thursday, October 29, 9 a.m.
Almost 200 Miami-Dade schools serve as polling places. That means no school Tuesday. Read more here.
Monday, October 26, 8:30 a.m.
Miami schools COVID cases top 200, Broward tips 100. Charter, private schools impacted. Read more here.
Thursday, October 22, 10 a.m.
At Miami-Dade School Board meeting, parents and educators plead for clarity over COVID rules. Read more here.
Wednesday, October 21, 10 a.m.
COVID cases up to almost 100 in Miami-Dade schools. Read more here.
Tuesday, October 20, 8:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade schools’ COVID cases jump to more than 80, at least 50 schools impacted. Read more here.
Monday, October 19, 8:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade schools have seen almost 60 virus cases as nine more are reported. Read more here.
Friday, October 9, 9 a.m.
With COVID cases in schools, 132,000 more Miami students head to class as Broward begins. Read more here
Thursday, October 8, 10 a.m.
At least two Miami students test positive for COVID-19 during first week back in school. Read more here.
Monday, October 5, 10 a.m.
Thousands of students and teachers return to Miami classrooms as COVID concerns linger. Read more here.
Saturday, October 3, 3 p.m.
Miami-Dade and Broward public schools are reopening. Read more here.
Tuesday, September 29, 4:30 p.m.
Not all schools may be ready, but Miami’s School Board now contemplates Oct. 5 opening. Read more here.
Tuesday, September 29, 10 a.m.
Under state pressure to reopen schools, Miami school board to hold emergency session today at 1 p.m. Read more here.
Monday, September 28, 9 a.m.
State education commissioner pushes Miami-Dade schools to open Oct. 5, or request school-by-school exceptions. Read more here.
Sunday, September 27, 6 a.m.
The Children's Trust Founding Chair David Lawrence Jr. named "Sand in My Shoes" award recipient. Read more here.
Wednesday, September 23, 8:30 a.m.
Miami School Board votes for later soft school opening Oct. 14, full opening Oct. 21. Read more here.
Tuesday, September 22, 9:30 a.m.
More than half of school employees could be at increased risk of COVID-19, study finds. Read more here.
Monday, September 21, 3 p.m.
Miami schools could open for some students Sept. 30, rest of willing students on Oct. 7. Read more here.
Friday, September 18, 10 a.m.
Medical experts lay groundwork for in-person school reopenings; School Board to hold special meeting on Monday. Read more here.
Wednesday, September 16, 10 a.m.
Dozens of City of Miami parks to reopen. Read more here.
Wednesday, September 16, 10 a.m.
Broward County public schools may reopen for in-person learning on October 5. Read more here.
Monday, September 14, 10:30 a.m.
Florida reports only 2,423 new COVID-19 cases and the fewest deaths since June on Sunday. Read more here.
Monday, September 14, 10 a.m.
U.S. offering breaks on immigration deadlines due to pandemic. Read more here.
Friday, September 11, 11 a.m.
Florida to start allowing bars to open at 50 percent, but guidelines don't apply to Miami-Dade establishments that remain shuttered. Read more here.
Thursday, September 10, 2 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announces that K12 platform is being abandoned in favor of Microsoft Teams and Zoom, effective immediately. Read statement here.
Thursday, September 10, 8:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade School Board votes to cut ties with K12 online learning platform. Read more here.
Tuesday, Septemer 8, 9 a.m.
Hand sanitizer from Coral Gables company recalled for containing toxic chemical. Read more here.
Tuesday, September 8, 8:30 a.m.
Florida reports the fewest COVID-19 cases in almost three months. Read more here.
Monday, September 7, 6 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) asks parents to fill out survey for new online platform. Take survey here.
Wednesday, September 2, 9 a.m.
Cyberattack, plus software failure, responsible for Miami-Dade Schools’ woes. Read more here.
Monday, August 31, 11:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade school virtul leanring starts with a thud on first day as system crashes. Read more here.
Monday, August 31, 9 a.m.
Here are some options for working parents whose kids start school today.
Friday, August 28, 9:15 a.m.
The University of Miami opens more than 400 disciplinary cases — mainly due to students breaking COVID rules. Read more here.
Friday, August 28, 9 a.m.
Consider giving your kids a daily report card initially to monitor their remote learning progress. Read more here.
Friday, August 28, 8:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade art museum set to reopen amid COVID-19. Visitors get an hour. Read more here.
Thursday, August 27, 11 a.m.
Miami-Dade restaurants reopen indoor dining, again. Read more here.
Wednesday, August 26, 4 p.m.
Senator Marco Rubio touts new COVID-19 technology for school cleaning in press release. Read more here.
Wednesday, August 26, 3 p.m.
Governor’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities recommends limiting visits. Read more here.
Thursday, August 20, 10 a.m.
Miami Book Fair to go virtual in November. Read more here.
Thursday, August 20, 9:30 a.m.
Nearly 600 school district employees tested positive for COVID-19 from March through July. Read more here.
Wednesday, August 19, 9 a.m.
More toxic hand sanitizer recalls and Do Not Use updates for South Florida retailers. Read more here.
Thursday, August 13, 9:30 a.m.
Miami becomes a testing ground for rapid COVID-19 tests. Read more here.
Thursday, August 13, 9 a.m.
What online schooling will look like on Aug. 31. Read more here.
Wednesday, August 12, 9 a.m.
Miami-Dade school children still need to get vaccines ahead of online schooling. Read more here.
Monday, August, 10, 9 a.m.
Colleges and universities in South Florida adjust to reopen learning lessons from recent past. Read more here.
Monday, August 10, 8 a.m.
What lessons were learned from online learning in spring that Miami-Dade students can apply for reopening of schools. Read more here.
Friday, August 7, 12 p.m.
Update on Miami-Dade County COVID-19 cases: 1,728 positive cases reported on August 6 with nine new deaths. To date the county has 127,677 confirmed cases and 1,784 deaths. Read more here.
Friday, August 7, 10:30 a.m.
New Florida guidelines enacted for restaurant workers who previously tested positive for COVID-19; travelers from New York. Read more here.
Monday, August 3, 9:30 a.m.
Two teens lose battle with COVID-19 in Florida. Read more here.
Friday, July 31, 9:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade County to close parks, beaches and more ahead of Hurricane Isaias. Read more here.
Thursday, July 30, 8:30 a.m.
Florida sees record 216 coronavirus deaths on July 29, second straight day with record total. Read more here.
Wednesday, July 29, 5 p.m.
Miami-Dade Public Schools announce that classes will start online-only on August 31. Read more here.
Tuesday, July 28, 9 a.m.
Miami set for launch of COVID-19 vaccine trial. Read more here.
Monday, July 27, 9 a.m.
Individuals, including children, with disabilities face hard challenges during coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
Monday, July 27, 8:30 a.m.
Florida surpasses New York as state with second highest number of positive COVID-19 cases. Read more here.
Thursday, July 23, 9:30 a.m.
COVID-19 testing results delayed in Miami-Dade County as a result of surging cases. Read more here.
Thursday, July 23, 9 a.m.
New proposed federal legislation will include free personal protective equipment (PPE) for child care providers. Read more here.
Wednesday, July 22, 9 a.m.
Five new COVID-19 testing sites opened in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Read more here.
Tuesday, July 21, 5 p.m.
Miami-Dade approves more COVID-19 relief for veterans, charities and businesses. Read more here.
Friday, July 17, 9 a.m.
New COVID-19 testing trucks driving along Miami Beach streets. Read more here.
Friday, July 17, 6 a.m.
The University of Miami is testing vaccines for COVID-19 and looking for volunteers. Read more here.
Monday, July 13, 4 p.m.
Miami-Dade mayor resist more closures despite spiking COVID-19 cases. Read more here.
Monday, July 13, 12 p.m.
51-year-old ICE detainee dies of COVID-19 at South Florida hospital. Read more here.
Sunday, July 12, 4 p.m.
Florida shatters national record for COVID-19 cases in a day. Read more here.
Thursday, July 9, 12 p.m.
250 new contact tracers to be brought in to Miami-Dade to help with coronavirus surge. Read more here.
Thursday, July 9, 11:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade reports almost 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in last day. Read more here.
Thursday, July 9, 11:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade gets first affordable housing plan that includes COVID-19 recovery. Read more here.
Wednesday, July 8, 9:30 a.m.
Despite a state order, Miamid-Dade Schools insists they will not reopen in August if current COVID-19 surge continues. Read more here.
Tuesday, July 7, 10 a.m.
State orders all public schools to reopen in August. Read more here.
Monday, July 6, 1 p.m.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announces new clostings, including dine-in restaurants, to deal with COVID-19 spike. Read more here.
Sunday, July 5, 4 p.m.
Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward hit new highs for coronavirus cases. Read more here.
Wednesday, July 1, 7 p.m.
The worsening spread of coronavirus across Miami-Dade prompted the county mayor Wednesday to mandate masks in all public places, Read more here.
Tuesday, June 30, 8 a.m.
Business that don't meet new COVID-19 safety measures will be closed down for 10-days after first violation. Read more here.
Tuesday, June 30, 7:30 a.m.
Those walking around in Miami Beach without a mask will be fined. Read more here.
Monday, June 29, 9 a.m.
Miami-Dade hits single day high for positive COVID-19 cases. Read more here.
Monday, June 29, 7 a.m.
Beaches and most parades will be closed on July 4. Read more here.
Friday, June 26, 12 p.m.
Nearly 9,000 COVID-19 positive cases recorded in Florida in single day, smashing previous record. Read more here.
Thursday, June 25, 12 p.m.
Miami-Dade unveils plans for hotel rooms to help with COVID-19 patients and surge teams. Read more here.
Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m.
Younger and less sick COVID-19 patients are surging in Miami-Dade. Read more here.
Tuesday, June 23, 9 a.m.
Most of Miami-Dade's largest cities are requiring masks aftter recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Read more here.
Friday, June 19, 10 a.m.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez orders plans to crackdown on enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines in light of increased cases. Read more here.
Friday, June 19, 9:30 a.m.
Eighteen individuals, including numerous children, test postive for COVID-19 at His House foster group home. Read more here.
Thursday, June 18, 12 p.m.
Number of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases in Florida hits a daily record high of 3,207. Read more here.
Tuesday, June 16, 9 a.m.
Mayors in Miami and Miami Beach hold off on imposing new restrictions despite rising coronavirus cases. Read more here.
Tuesday, June 16, 8:30 a.m.
University of Miami students to return to campus in fall. Read more here.
Monday, June 15, 8:30 a.m.
Big crowds, few masks on beaches during first weekend after reopening. Read more here.
Thursday, June 11, 10 a.m.
Museums, casinos, arcades begin reopening with certain conditions. Read more here.
Wednesday, June 10, 10 a.m.
As businesses reopen, can workers refuse to return to unsafe conditions? Read more here.
Monday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.
Dog parks reopen. Here's what you need to know before grabbing your leash! Read more here.
Monday, June 8, 10 a.m.
Get tips on how to approach visiting gyms, tattoo shops and hosting parties, according to new county guidelins. Read more here.
Sunday, June 7, 1 p.m.
Florida coronavirus cases top 1,000 for fifth day in a row as testing steadily increases. Read more here.
Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.
Summer camps reopen in Miami-Dade on Monday with masks required. Read more here.
Thursday, June 4, 5 p.m.
State universities plan fall return. Read more here.
Thursday, June 4, 2 p.m.
Curfews relaxed, group blocks Miami traffic on fifth day of protests. Read more here.
Thursday, June 4, 12 p.m.
Florida unemployment claims surge even as U.S. shows signs of recovery. Read more here.
Thursday, June 4, 10 a.m.
Miami-Dade reopening gyms, fitness studios on June 8 after months of COVID-19 closures. Read more here.
Thursday, June 4, 9 a.m.
Florida sees highest single increase in positive COVID-19 tests. Read more here.
Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m.
Beaches still closed as curfew diverts police presence needed for reopening. Read more here.
Wednesday, May 27, 10 a.m.
Churches, synogoges and mosques reopening in South Florida with more in-person worshippers than expected in some cases. Read more here.
Tuesday, May 26, 9 a.m.
How to watch Thursday's Silver Knight Awards via livestream. Read more here.
Monday, May 25, 6 p.m.
Miami-Dade beaches to reopen May 25, but with certain conditions, incouding wearing masks. Read more here.
Friday, May 22, 10 am.
Is it okay to hang out with friends yet? Despite the fact that society is opening up gradually, there are still several things to consider when, and if, you get together with friends. Read more here.
Friday, May 22, 9:30 a.m.
Memorial Day weekend travel expected to be way down. Here's what to know if you decide to take trip. Read more here.
Thursday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez says county starting its own contact tracing team to ramp up efforts to combat virus. Read more here.
Wednesday, May 20, 10 a.m.
Miami-Dade diners return to restaurants for dine-in services with conditions. Read more here.
Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m.
Six children in South Florida diagnosed with COVID-19 related condition. Read more here.
Monday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.
Reopening rules in Miami-Dade: Wear masks, and test all employees if one gets COVID-19. Read more here.
Friday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.
Miami Beach and other cities are increasing funding to help residents with rent and food assistance. Read more here.
Thursday, May 14, 9 a.m.
Miami-Dade County releases "The New Normal: A Guide for Residential and Commercial Establishments," including a color-coded flag system that puts forth regulations on regulations and limitations on reopenings. See the guidelines.
Thursday, May 14, 8:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that Miami-Dade County would likely move into a "Yellow-Flag Phase" next Monday, May 18, meaning many businesses could reopen, with specific guidelines. Read more here.
Wednesday, May 13, 9 a.m.
With Miami-Dade jails still off limits because of the coronavirus, relatives will soon be able to visit inmates behind bars via free video chats. Read more here.
Tuesday, May 12, 6 p.m.
Pollo Tropical is offering free lunch meals to kids 12-and-under at company-owned locations (not franchises) between 11 a.m. and noon every weekday. Read more here.
Monday, May 11, 10 a.m.
Parents and children with pediatrics office visits are now subject to new guidelines, including waiting in car before appointments (as opposed to waiting rooms), wearing masks and limiting the number of parents than can be with children. Read more here.
Monday, May 11, 10 a.m.
Nursing homes in Florida required to have everyone must submit to testing — even staff that may not be in the building at the time — when Florida Department of Health arrives to test staff and residents for COVID-19, or the facility could face fines or having its license revoked. Read more here.
Tuesday, May 5, 9 a.m.
Miami-Dade libraries offering walk-up check-outs and applications for cards online. Read more here.
Monday, May 4, 10 a.m.
As the summer approaches, questions abound regarding whether summer camps will be offered for kids and what they will look like. Read more here.
Wednesday, April 29, 10 a.m.
Everglades and Biscayne national parks to remain closed for now, despite Miami-Dade order opening some parks and actiities. Read more here.
Monday, April 27, 4:30 p.m.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announces plans to open county parks, marinas and golf courses on Wednesday, April 29. Read more here for specific information on what activities and sports will be permitted.
Monday, April 27, 11 a.m.
First walk-up COVID-19 testing site for people without cars opens in Miami-Dade. Read more here.
Monday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.
Parks, marinas and golf courses could reopen soon in Miami-Dade County, although mayor says beaches will not reopen at the same time. Read more here.
Friday, April 17, 6 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announces that schools will remain closed throughout the rest of the school year, with teachers and studnets continuing distance learning. Read more here.
Tuesday, April 14, 1 p.m.
The Florida Department of Children and Families announced Tuesday food stamp recipients will be able to buy groceries online from Walmart or Amazon. Read more here.
Tuesday, April 14, 10 a.m.
Parent and Educators Platforms Resource Guide. Read more here.
Monday, April 13, 9 a.m.
Miami-Dade Public Schools and Florida International University are partnering to provide school children with daily tutoring 7-days-a-week, from 3-8 p.m. on more than 30 different subjects. Sessions can be scheduled by visiting www.go.fiu.edu/HOPE and filling out the survey. Read more here.
Wednesday, April 8, 5 p.m.
The City of Miami is now requiring residents to wear masks or other protective face coverings while inside supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores. Read more here.
Tuesday, April 7, 9 a.m.
Miami-Dade County is printing some unemployment forms which residents can pick up at some libraries. Read more here.
Friday, April 3, 9 a.m.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspends evictions and foreclosures in the state for the next 45 days. Read more here.
Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced that school sites would remain closed through May 1, an extension from the date previously given, April 15. At the same time, it was announced that the school disticts Instruction Continuity Plan would begin on April 6. Read more here.
onday, March 30, 1 p.m.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues an executive order urging residents of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties to stay home through mid-May. Read more here.
Thursday, March 26, 9 a.m.
Starting Friday night, the City of Miami will enact a 10 p.m. curfew. Read more here.
Tuesday, March 24, 10 p.m.
The City of Miami issued an order for all residents to shelter in place and remain at home until further notice. Non-essential travel by car, public transit and motorcycle is prohibited. Residents are allowed to go to grocery stores and pharmacies, go to work if they are performing essential services or supporting such services and certain other situations. Read the order here.
Tuesday, March 24, 9 a.m.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to waive work requirements for those participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) & Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Read tweet from Helen Aguirre Ferré, communication director for Governor DeSantis.
Monday, March 23, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Those needing Coronavirus - COVID-19, tests can currently visit 4 locations in Miami-Dade County with more expected to open in coming weeks. The locations, as well as other testing sites in Broward and Monroe Counties, are listed in this Miami Herald story.
Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11 a.m.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announces that all boat ramps and marinas would be closed indefinitely. Read this story from the Miami Herald for more information.
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 2 p.m.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez orders all public parks and beaches closes, as well as non-essential retail businesses. Watch this video from the Miami Herald for more information.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
On Tuesday March 17, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that all K-12 schools and career and technical center campuses are to remain closed through April 15. Read Press Release
Monday, March 16, 2020, 4:10 p.m.
Trust to Support Children, Families and Emergency Personnel During Coronavirus Pandemic Read Press Release
Friday, March 13, 2020, 4 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Announces Districtwide School Closures Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 Read more here.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:15 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has declared a County State of Emergency effective March 12, 2020.
Statement from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez on Cancellation of Mass Gatherings
While the world collectively holds its breath regarding the next bit of news about Coronavirus – COVID-19, Miami-Dade, like most places, is coming to the realization that there will likely be impacts to our everyday lives. Whether that means school or work closures, shortages of goods and services, or sicknesses that impact us directly, has yet to be seen. The situation and information coming out changes daily, sometimes hourly and even faster.
Coping with the situation can be difficult, but we should all try to approach the coming days and weeks with calm. There are many ways to reduce the potential impacts and a variety of resources to help you and your family go about your daily routines with as little impact as possible. Most importantly, a calm and measured approach to dealing with the possible spread of the virus into our community will give us the best chance to mitigate the overall impact and keep families and children as safe as possible.
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— LCMS (@LawtonChilesMS) March 6, 2020
Though a complete scientific understanding of the virus is still developing, there are certain precautions that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises will help lessen you and your family's chances of exposure. Because there is currently no vaccine for the disease, the CDC says the best way to avoid prevention is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. As well as keeping a safe distance (6 feet) between yourself and others whenever possible, the CDC recommends:
Cleaning your hands often
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick or display symptoms like coughing or sneezing.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
Call your docotor if you show any of these symptoms, or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. Additionally, if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 also call a doctor.
The first step to being proactive is to stay as informed as possible. As well as listening to news on television and radio, we recommend visiting the CDC on a daily basis for updates and information on the situation.
Additionally, there are a number of local and state agencies that provide information for your community, including:
The CDC has a special web page with Coronavirus information, updates and tips.
Miami-Dade County’s Coronavirus page also has updates as well as a listing of additional online resources.
Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus page