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Coronavirus! What You Need to Know and Other Resources

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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

Coronavirus Information

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. 

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.

Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Miami-Dade County’s Coronavirus page also has updates as well as a listing of additional online resources. 
http://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/home.page

Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus page
http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html

The Miami-Dade School Board also has a Coronavirus page, as well as a Parent Guide to the Novel Coronavirus.
http://covid19.dadeschools.net