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Coronavirus in Florida latest: Barber shops reopening, deadly numbers

The latest you need to know for Saturday, May 9
Governor Ron DeSantis dal's during a press conference at Tampa General Hospital om Monday, April 27, 2020 in Tampa.
Governor Ron DeSantis dal's during a press conference at Tampa General Hospital om Monday, April 27, 2020 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published May 9, 2020|Updated May 9, 2020

This week saw the most coronavirus deaths since the state began tracking numbers about two months ago at the start of the pandemic’s presence in Florida.

The numbers came as most of the state began to slowly reopen from the stay-at-home order.

Barber shops to reopen on Monday

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced in a tweet that barber shops and salons would be able to open everywhere but Miami-Dade and Broward County on Monday. Barber shops and salons were not initially included in the Phase 1 stage of reopening.

DeSantis said the facilities would have to use enhanced safety protocols but didn’t specify what those were. Other states like Georgia and Texas that have allowed hair salons to reopen have put extensive safety measures in place for businesses to adhere to.

Pinellas County coronavirus testing expands to fourth location

A group of walk-up, no-cost coronavirus testing sites in Pinellas had a rocky start. There were long wait times, dropped phone calls and miscommunication about when results would come back.

Because of the overwhelming demand, Community Health Centers of Pinellas is opening a fourth testing location in Lealman on Monday. This joins centers in Clearwater, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg.

More die at Seminole nursing home

Another resident died at Freedom Square, a long term care facility in Seminole with one of the most fatal coronavirus outbreaks in similar facilities across the state. Two dozen have now died.

Nursing home deaths in Pinellas make up 70 percent of the county’s virus-related deaths.

In Hillsborough, 11 more nursing home residents die

In Hillsborough County, a total of 13 people have died from coronavirus after staying at a long term care facility.

The cases are mostly tied to Community Convalescent Center in Plant City and Bristol at Tampa Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in the University area.

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