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Coronavirus in Florida latest: Deaths pass 2,300, socially distant Memorial Day

Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday, May 26.
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 26, 2020

The number of novel coronavirus cases in Florida continued to rise Monday, passing 51,000, with more than 2,300 deaths. A holiday weekend as parks and businesses reopened offered residents some relief, but epidemiologists warn Floridians to stay vigilant because COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, is still prevalent.

Memorial Day during a pandemic

Across Tampa Bay, Monday proved to be an even quieter version of an already solemn holiday as a mix of threatening weather and concerns over the continued spread of coronavirus kept many people home.

Could GOP convention come to Florida?

President Donald Trump made a Memorial Day threat to pull the Republican National Convention from North Carolina because the state’s Democratic governor has yet to guarantee a full-fledged convention as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus. Florida Republicans say they would welcome the event.

Students with disabilities adapt

Can students with diagnosed disabilities learn without being in school? This Temple Terrace first grader who requires speech therapy is among the students who are part of an experiment forced upon them by the pandemic.

Uncharted waters for river guide

Joe Faulk has spent the better part of the past three decades guiding customers along the Hillsborough River via canoe or kayak, but amid the coronavirus he’s shutting down his business, Canoe Escape in Thonotosassa. Now his course is unclear. Read more here.

The Scrapbook: What life has been like during the pandemic

The coronavirus has changed life as we know it. In The Scrapbook project, the Tampa Bay Times has compiled stories, photos, videos and audio to illustrate the texture of altered life in Tampa Bay. Explore the project here.

How Times journalists are covering and living the coronavirus story

Times journalists are covering the coronavirus story and living it, too, working to take care of those we love. Here are some personal stories of the people behind the bylines.

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