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  1. Firefighter/Paramedic William Fletcher (center) wears COVID-19 personal protective equipment and EMT Mya Jones wears basic level personal protective equipment during a press conference in the parking lot of Northwest Community Pool in St. Petersburg Tuesday, March 31, 2020
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, in partnership with Sunstar Paramedics, has developed a strategy to deploy COVID-19 Strike Teams. The primary objective of these strike teams will be to respond to potential COVID-19 calls to reduce the frequency of exposure for the rest of the agency. COVID-19 Strike Team personnel are not to access or use fire station facilities, in an effort to reduce the risk to our agency, so that we can maintain staffing and resource levels to continue in our mission of protecting the entire community. The intent is for the Strike Team units to be in a constant state of readiness where needed and will be strategically located throughout the city. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  2. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri walks towards stores at the Clearwater Mall Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Clearwater. Sheriff Gualitieri and Clearwater Police Daniel Slaughter where out at businesses Thursday posting fliers which contain information about the county's recent "COVID-19 Safer at Home" resolution [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  3. Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball player Luis De Los Santos wears a mask while he prepares to fly home along with his teammates from the Dominican Republic at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Flight schedules for departures and arrivals remain normal during the coronavirus pandemic.  [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
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  5. Assistant Manager Shak Siddiquee poses inside Gulfport Shell on April 1. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  6. From left, HCA Healthcare nurses Debbie Montoya, Mary Dechari and Rosanne O'Malley speak with an unidentified hospital employee near the employee entrance to the Medical Center of Trinity Wednesday. The three were handing out fliers urging HCA to provide health workers with the necessary equipment to safely treat COVID-19 patients. Workers at other local hospitals have voiced similar concerns. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  7. The new federal Paycheck Protection Program aims to help companies continue to make payroll with $349 billion in forgivable loans, but the day before applications opened, questions abounded. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) [MATT ROURKE  |  AP]
  8. A database released by the state shows how many hospital beds, including those in intensive care units, are available in Florida to handle the spread of the coronavirus in the coming days. [Times (2011)]
  9. Some local estate planning attorneys have experienced a bump in business since the coronavirus outbreak. [EVE EDELHEIT  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. An employee of the sbe hotel chain in Miami loads a box of supplies into the car of a colleague last week. The hotel chain provided care packages to its employees now facing unemployment due to the new coronavirus pandemic. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  11. Frank Kenny, left, and wife Toni Nast, right, pictured last year on a trip to Olympic National Park in Washington state for Nast's 80th birthday. This year's trip has turned into an ordeal: They're trapped on a cruise ship afflicted by the coronavirus that is heading to Port Everglades. But the Citrus County couple don't know when they'll be allowed to go home. [Courtesy of Chris Nast]
  12. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church turned himself in on charges of unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency rules. The charges were filed against him in Hillsborough County for holding two services on Sunday for scores of worshipers, violating a county order for residents to stay at home to limit the spread of coronavirus. Now the pastor says he will close the church, but vows to keep fighting local government. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office | Facebook]
  1. Zac Giparas, 28, takes a picture of the COVID-19 update beach closure sign along the sand at North Shore Park on Friday, March 20, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Giparas is a USF grad student currently on spring break. "It's a safety  concern. You gotta do what you can for public safety," he said, regarding an earlier order for the local beaches to close. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  2. Drivers pass a sign outside the Kimmins Contracting Corp., looking to hire employees last Thursday in Tampa. A record-high number of people have applied for unemployment benefits as layoffs engulfed the United States in the face of a near-total economic shutdown aimed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, applications open for the new federal Paycheck Protection Program, which will provide forgivable loans to small businesses that maintain their headcount, pay and employee benefits. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
  3. Photos showing the convenience and safety of telemedicine technology are used to promote the service. This one is from Teledoc Health, which partners with Florida Blue to provide a telemedicine app for patients. Demand for the service, and others like it, has soared during the coronavirus crisis. [Courtesy of Teledoc Health]
  4. Creekside Manor team member Blanca Alvardo, 74, right, hands resident Maggie Lauer, 66, food at Creekside Manor I Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Tampa. Residents at Creekside Manor received four prepared meals in addition to fresh strawberries on Tuesday. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  5. Coronavirus has changed the way Americans use the mobile network. [Scott Eells/Bloomberg]
  6. Customers wait in line before the opening of the Publix store Wednesday morning in St. Petersburg's Northeast Park Shopping Center. Some Publix employees now can wear masks, too. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TIMES]
  7. State and federal officials warn consumers against text and email messages from scammers promising help getting coronavirus relief payments in exchange for your personal or banking information. Investigators also are targeting frauds involving fake charities, fake testing and cures and cyber extortion. (Times file) [MATT ROURKE  |  AP]
  8. Sparkman Wharf, Tampa, has been closed to visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.. Visitors cannot enter the property.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  9. A machine at the UW Medicine Virology laboratory in Seattle extracts genetic material called RNA from patient samples to allow the analysis of potential COVID-19 cases on March 11, 2020. [Dan DeLong for Kaiser Health News]
  10. Jonathan Ford with USF Health shows a tray of 3-D printed nasal swabs used to test for coronavirus. [Photo courtesy of USF Health] [Courtesy of USF Health]
  11. In response to coronavirus outbreak, a tent has been set up as physicians test patients curbside who have been referred by physicians outside of BayFront Health St. Petersburg hospital at 701 6th St. South on Monday, March 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg. The service is not open to the general public. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  12. The Rotterdam cruise ship waits berthed to assist the Zaandam cruise ship with supplies, personnel and COVID-19 testing devices, 8 miles from Panama City, on March 27, 2020. [LUIS ACOSTA/AFP  |  TNS]
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