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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a roundtable meeting with transportation industry leaders at the Hilton Orlando-Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. DeSantis addressed coronavirus and state transportation construction concerns. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Florida's coronvirus stats dip: 77 deaths, 6,229 new cases

Aug. 9, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida saw a decline in coronavirus deaths and new cases on Sunday, with 77 reported fatalities and 6,229 reported new cases. That compares to 187 new deaths and 8,502 confirmed cases reported Saturday. Still, the average number of deaths reported over the last seven days is 158. ...

Florida reports 187 new coronavirus deaths, 8,500 new cases

Aug. 8, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's coronavirus numbers remain high as in-person early voting begins ahead of the state's primary and some school districts prepare to reopen on Monday. Florida reported 187 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, bringing the state's total to 8,238. That pushes the average...

People wearing protective face coverings stop to watch Miami City Ballet dancers training during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. The company is celebrating its 35th anniversary and is temporarily working in a pop-up location in a former retail space along Lincoln Road. Productions for the dance company are on hold due to the pandemic. On display in the window are costumes used during previous productions. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 deaths, patients decline

Aug. 7, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 180 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, raising the number of people who have died of the virus to more than 8,000. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a Friday news conference that hospitalizations, positivity rates and other indicators were improving....

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives at a news conference, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the Broward Health Corporate Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Friday, the governor's office released a video promoting

Florida governor pushes to reschedule UF-FSU football game

Aug. 6, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will push to get the annual football game between Florida State and the University of Florida rescheduled, saying Thursday that keeping the famed rivalry going will be good for the state. He made his effort known during a discussion on...

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired director of children's programs Isabel Chica, right, and Cameron Sisser, left, vice president for external relations, bring donated food to Greyla Javier, center, and her family, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at Javier's home in Miami. Miami Lighthouse provided the meals to needy families with blind or visually impaired children like Javier's, who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Miami Lighthouse started the Family Security Fund Campaign and has been spending an average of $3,500 a week to help numerous local families who are experiencing food insecurities. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida rescinds quarantine mandate for New York travelers

Aug. 6, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rescinded an order requiring people traveling from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to the Sunshine State to quarantine or isolate for 14 days. The order signed by DeSantis and made public Thursday also eliminated detailed requirements for when restaurant...

Firm Florida is investigating receives new state contract

Aug. 5, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida state agency announced it will award a large contract to the same company that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has repeatedly criticized for bungling the state's unemployment system. The Agency for Health Care Administration announced Monday that Deloitte won the bid for a...

A healthcare worker performs an antigen test, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. State officials say Florida has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, testing is ramping up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias. Antigen testing reveals whether a person is currently infected with COVID-19. It differs from antibody testing because once the infection is gone, antigens won't be present. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida tops 500K virus cases as testing resumes after storm

Aug. 5, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases Wednesday as testing ramped up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias, state officials said. A long line of cars waited outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Wednesday morning for a...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 5, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Aug. 5 The Palm Beach post on the pandemic: This week has opened to some unexpected good news. Tropical Storm Isaias, which looked like a hurricane aimed at Palm Beach County, turned out to be a big nothing. And the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued three...

The Wisconsin Center is seen Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Milwaukee. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Biden won't go to Milwaukee to accept Democratic nomination

Aug. 5, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual. It is the latest example of the pandemic’s sweeping effects on the...