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FL coronavirus live updates: Miami-Dade Schools require masks

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.

South Florida state Rep. Shevrin Jones tests positive for coronavirus

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Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park Florida House

10:45 a.m.: State Rep. Shevrin Jones, a Broward County Democrat, tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday after feeling symptoms like body aches, fever and a congested nose.

“It’s basically all of the above,” the West Park Democrat told the Miami Herald Wednesday.

Jones, 36, said he got tested at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood on Tuesday and received his results the same day.

In a tweet Wednesday, Jones wrote: “Transparent Moment: For those who think it’s a game, it’s not, I have tested positive for Covid. I feel awful, and I don’t wish this on anyone.”

On Thursday, Jones started a COVID diary video series on Twitter to let his nearly 13,000 followers know how he’s doing.

“To be honest, I don’t feel well. I feel extremely awful,” he said in the clip. “My hope is I continue to push through this.”

Read the full story here.

Planning on a pool party this holiday weekend? There are things you need to know

A homeowners’ association pool in Kendall awaits its first swimmers in months when Miami-Dade begins to reopen pools. But there will be many rules to follow due to the coronavirus pandemic. Howard Cohen [email protected]

8:30 a.m.: A Miami-Dade County order limits the use of pools Friday through Monday. Hotel and motel pools will be open to only guests, and community pools are limited to those who live at the property.

That means no holiday pool parties.

“Various municipalities have expressed concern over parties and gatherings in hotels over the Fourth of July holiday, which could drive the spread of COVID-19,” reads the Miami-Dade emergency order.

Read the full story here.

Alberto Carvalho, superintendent for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, participates in the education panel of the Florida Priorities Summit at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. MATIAS J. OCNER [email protected]

Miami-Dade Schools will require mandatory masks when school begins

8:25 a.m.: On the same day authorities took new steps to address the recent surge in Florida COVID-19 cases, Miami-Dade County Public Schools signed off on a plan Wednesday to reopen schools this fall, calling for smaller classes, a mix of in-person, online and hybrid teaching models and masks mandated for all.

The nine-member School Board unanimously approved the district’s reopening plan, which depends on the county transitioning to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan by Aug. 24, the first day of classes. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho characterized the plan as “nimble” and a “work in progress.” He said the district will prepare for a fully online fall if necessary, due to the rising COVID-19 cases.

Read the full story here.


8:15 a.m.: Here are the coronavirus headlines to catch you up on what’s happening around South Florida and the state as Thursday begins.

As COVID cases surge, Miami-Dade changes course and requires masks outside at all times.

Facing shortages of beds and remdesivir, South Florida hospitals halt elective surgeries.

Renters cheer, landlords fume at last-minute extension of Florida’s eviction moratorium.

Follow more of our reporting on Coronavirus Impact in Florida

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Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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