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Coronavirus in Florida latest: 500 more cases, revenue falls, where are risks

Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday, May 27.
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the novel coronavirus.
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the novel coronavirus. [ AP ]
Published May 27, 2020

Florida health officials on Tuesday reported 509 more coronavirus cases and seven additional deaths, including one in Pasco County. The state case total stood at 52,255.

State revenue plummets

An April tally shows how hard the coronavirus is hitting state coffers. State revenue was off $878.1 million last month from an earlier estimate as tourism and hospitality-related industries, along with car sales, were grounded by the pandemic.

From beaches to salons, experts weigh where risks are

Florida is well into the process of reopening businesses and public spaces. But what’s safe and what’s risky? The Tampa Bay Times spoke to experts to find out what you should know about going out to places like beaches, salons and restaurants.

More than a million locally are ‘food insecure’

Even as Florida reopens, nonprofits are warning that the number of people in need because of the coronavirus pandemic is still rising. Feeding Tampa Bay estimates that the number of “food insecure” people in its 10-county region has risen from 600,000 to more than 1.3 million. The non-profit group is opening more food pantries to try to meet the need.

Tampa Convention Center takes a hit

The Tampa Convention Center has lost a big chunk of revenue during the pandemic but officials have found some silver linings. Read more here.

The toll on human trafficking victims

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how human traffickers work in ways that are raising alarms among advocates, who say they are seeing more victims requesting help. The reduced demand for prostitution, for example, has prompted some traffickers to abandon their victims, leaving them in unfamiliar locations with no means to live.

Nurses protest as layoffs loom for HCA Healthcare

Nurses are protesting possible layoffs at hospitals owned by HCA Healthcare. According to National Nurses United, the union representing hospital workers, HCA leaders say the possible layoffs are the result of financial blows from the pandemic — including nearly two months of canceled elective surgeries.

Helping troubled girls, remotely

Teaching remotely is tough, but for teachers at Pace Center for Girls in Hillsborough County, the closure of schools caused by the pandemic has thrown up a whole new set of problems. Find out how teachers are adapting to continue to help troubled girls in this story.

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. The first installment, published Tuesday, covered anxiety, brightness, change and isolation. New today are the topics of adaptation, safety and community.

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