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Coronavirus in Florida latest: 700 new cases, DeSantis considers allowing elective surgeries

Here’s what you need to know for Monday, April 27.

Florida cases surge past 31,000

Florida tallied 19 more coronavirus-related deaths Sunday, including two in the greater Tampa Bay region. The state also added 689 positive cases, bringing its total to 31,528. The new deaths bring the statewide toll to 1,094.

Families question nursing home response

As the number of deaths at a Pinellas County nursing home continues to grow, families are questioning the center’s response, particularly what they were told about their loved ones’ conditions. One family, profiled here, wishes communication has been better. The number of residents to die from Freedom Square of Seminole is now eight.

Florida hospitals are ready to care for non-coronavirus patients

Doctors say it’s time for people to come to the hospital if they’re feeling symptoms of things other than the coronavirus. Visits for problems like chest pain and stroke-like symptoms have plunged, and doctors say people need with these symptoms need to come to hospitals for treatment. This comes as Gov. Ron DeSantis considers allowing elective medical procedures. “It’s time for the community to understand — and the numbers support this — it’s time to come back and get your healthcare,’’ one health official says. Full story here.

Hillsborough’s Emergency Policy Group faces criticism

Hillsborough County has a unique board that was designed to help the community respond to hurricane emergencies. But the board is now responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and not everyone is pleased with its decisions. “These are unprecedented times," said Hillsborough Commission Chairman Les Miller, who heads the policy group. Read more about the group’s genesis and its decision-making here.

Virtual learning remains a challenge but teachers adapt

Teaching from a distance remains a challenge, but local teachers are finding ways to make it work. In this story, veteran Times education reporter Jeffrey S. Solochek talks to a rookie and a veteran teacher about what works for them.

Blue Angels to fly over Tampa

The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team is flying over hard-hit areas of the country as a sign of support this week, and they will appear over the Tampa Bay area on May 2.

Chaplains adjust to coronavirus

Tampa Bay’s spiritual caregivers have found ways to marshal technology, old-fashioned conversation and a reassuring presence to do their jobs, as outlined in our story here.

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