The number of dead and cases of coronavirus infection continued to climb on the eve of Florida’s soft “reopening."
Three more Hillsborough County residents have died from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus. Those deaths were among 15 reported by the Florida Department of Health on Sunday, bringing the statewide death toll for the novel coronavirus to 1,403. Another 90 were hospitalized across the state.
Is re-opening safe?
It’s a question on many minds today as the first phase of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to get Florida’s economy going again. In case you missed the story that published yesterday, the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald asked seven public health experts to review DeSantis’ plan. Five of them said the plan is sound, but it’s too soon. Read their reasoning and more about what else they said here.
Policing during a pandemic
Coronavirus has brought new of challenges and duties for police officers and sheriff’s deputies on patrol. Tampa Bay law enforcement officers share their stories.
Local government cash crunch
There’s no doubt the coronavirus pandemic is going to take a big chunk out of local governments’ revenue, but it’s still unclear just how big. Here is how Tampa Bay county and city officials are grappling with the uncertainty.
‘Giving Tuesday’ in May
Giving Tuesday, a fundraising effort for non-profit organizations, usually happens in December, but the pandemic’s toll on those groups has prompted the idea of a May version called #GivingTuesdayNOW. Read more about the effort, and how you can help, in this story.
Tampa Bay reopenings
Parenting during a pandemic
Their child’s daycare has re-opened, but Times staff writer Matt Baker and his wife are not ready to send their son back yet. Read why in this first-person piece.
And on this May the Fourth, Times entertainment critic Jay Cridlin explains how Star Wars has been a round-the-clock presence in his family’s home. It’s the only thing keeping his son sane.
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