Coronavirus in Florida latest: Deadliest week ends, salons and barber shops reopening

Here’s what you need to know for Monday, May 11.
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the 2019 novel coronavirus.
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the 2019 novel coronavirus. [ AP ]
Published May 11, 2020

Sunday marked the end of Florida’s deadliest week on record since the coronavirus pandemic hit the state.

The Florida Department of Health reported 595 new cases of the novel coronavirus from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the state’s overall number of infections to 40,596. Since last Monday morning, the state has reported an average of 55 new deaths every day.

State issues order for nursing home testing

The state agency that regulates long-term care facilities issued an executive order Sunday demanding that when the Florida Department of Health arrives to test staff and residents for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, everyone must submit to testing — even staff that may not be in the building at the time. Facilities that fail to comply could face fines or have their licenses revoked.

Salons and barbershops reopen today

Starting today, barbershops, hair salons and nail salons will be allowed to reopen in most of Florida. Here are some answers to questions you might have, such as what measures businesses must follow and what precautions you should take.

Cancer network that bilked patients get COVID-19 aid

A Fort Myers-based oncology network that was Florida’s largest recipient of federal coronavirus relief dollars for healthcare facilities admitted last week to participating in a criminal conspiracy that limited treatment options available to cancer patients in order to maximize profits.

Florida Cancer Specialists, which employs 250 doctors in 100 facilities across Florida, admitted that it worked with unnamed co-conspirators to limit cancer treatment options for patients. The network agreed to pay a $100 million federal fine and a $20 million state fine.

Tampa military conference goes virtual

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted U.S. Special Operations Command to move its annual Tampa vendors conference online. The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, originally set to be held at the Tampa Convention, begins today.

Coronavirus in Florida podcast: Are we testing correctly?

Pinellas and Hillsborough counties have expanded COVID-19 testing, but an expert on the latest episode of the Coronavirus in Florida podcast says it’s not just the volume of testing that’s important. Dr. Marc Yacht, who served as the director of the Pasco County Health Department for 20 years, says the way we are testing must evolve.

• • •

Tampa Bay Times coronavirus coverage

GET THE DAYSTARTER MORNING UPDATE: Sign up to receive the most up-to-date information, six days a week

WHAT’S OPEN?: This list includes local establishments doing business in various ways.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS: The updated database of Tampa Bay restaurants open for dine-in or takeout

UNEMPLOYMENT Q&A: We answer your questions about Florida unemployment benefits

BRIGHT SPOTS IN DARK TIMES: The world is hard right now, but there’s still good news out there

LISTEN TO THE CORONAVIRUS PODCAST: New episodes every week, including interviews with experts and reporters

HAVE YOU LOST SOMEONE YOU LOVE TO COVID-19?: Help us remember them

Keep up with Tampa Bay’s top headlines

Keep up with Tampa Bay’s top headlines

Subscribe to our free DayStarter newsletter

We’ll deliver the latest news and information you need to know every morning.

You’re all signed up!

Want more of our free, weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s get started.

Explore all your options

HAVE A TIP?: Send us confidential news tips

We’re working hard to bring you the latest news on the coronavirus in Florida. This effort takes a lot of resources to gather and update. If you haven’t already subscribed, please consider buying a print or digital subscription.