Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Tampa Bay Times]
The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the driver accused of hitting a pedestrian, then driving off.
Yesterday• Crime
The 44,000 tests will be used to test those working the frontlines of the pandemic. Those who have formed antibodies could be safely deployed to “hot spots.”
Yesterday• Health
Instead, Gov. Ron DeSantis and officials encouraged houses of worship to practice social distancing. But they can hold services if they want.
Apr. 4• Health
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor lauded residents for staying apart, while St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman chastised people for crowding. The difference? It might be the parks.
Yesterday• Health


  1. Police investigate the scene where a motorcycle collided with a bicycle along Bayshore Boulevard near Rome Avenue on Saturday, killing both riders. [Spectrum Bay News 9]
  2. The ramp will be closed until April 6.  [Times files 2008]
  3. Mandy Minor works with her 8-year-old daughter, Clara, on a class assignment at home. Clara suffers from learning and developmental delays due to DiGeorge Syndrome. Without peers and a teacher to propel her through the day, she burns out quickly, her mother says. [Courtesy of Alastair St. Hill]
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  5. Skip and Gerry Jackson ride their golf cart to a shop on Friday in Sun City Center. Governor Ron DeSantis issued a stay at home, the order specifically states seniors should shelter in place. Some seniors are unclear if they are allowed to go out for essential trips. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
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  7. From left, HCA Healthcare nurses Debbie Montoya, Mary Dechari and Rosanne O'Malley speak with an unidentified hospital employee near the employee entrance to the Medical Center of Trinity Wednesday. The three were handing out fliers urging HCA to provide health workers with the necessary equipment to safely treat COVID-19 patients. Workers at other local hospitals have voiced similar concerns. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  8. Residents pass the time away reading and chatting with others At the emergency homeless shelter setup by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the City of Tampa was completely filled. Pictured on Thursday in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Talance Callins, 18, was fatally shot March 20 in Tampa. [Tampa Police Department]
  10. Employees of KnowBe4 participate in a yoga class given by Michele Levin, yoga instructor of A Yoga Village, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at KnowBe4 Town Hall area  in Clearwater. The employees are: left to right: Tara McClellan, Christopher Vaughn, and Vall Moss.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  11. Dexter Toledo, 46, and his son, Shawn Toledo, 13, of Sarasota, left, and Chynna Foster, 24, of Tampa, right, exit Tampa International Airport (TIA) moments after arriving on JetBlue flight #905, a one-way flight from Newark (EWR), New Jersey, which arrived at 12:13 am, only minutes after an executive order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis went into effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. which directs all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the personÕs presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter. All persons isolating or quarantining under this Section, shall be responsible for all costs associated with that personÕs isolation or quarantine, including transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the person during the period of isolation or quarantine. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  12. Rubin Eugene Padgett, the first African American member of Hillsborough County's Board of County Commissioners, died on March 28 at the age of 89. [                                      |  Tampa Bay Times]
  1. Tim Gainer, 55 poses inside of his new temporary home, tent #45. After two days the emergency homeless shelter setup by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the City of Tampa was full. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  2. A database released by the state shows how many hospital beds, including those in intensive care units, are available in Florida to handle the spread of the coronavirus in the coming days. [Times (2011)]
  3. An employee of the sbe hotel chain in Miami loads a box of supplies into the car of a colleague last week. The hotel chain provided care packages to its employees now facing unemployment due to the new coronavirus pandemic. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  4. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel mom with two daughters. [Courtesy of Lynn Cristina]
  5. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church turned himself in on charges of unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency rules. The charges were filed against him in Hillsborough County for holding two services on Sunday for scores of worshipers, violating a county order for residents to stay at home to limit the spread of coronavirus. Now the pastor says he will close the church, but vows to keep fighting local government. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office | Facebook]
  6. Children's chalk messages are seen on the sidewalk along Ridge Road near the intersection of Lake St. George Drive Tuesday in Palm Harbor. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  7. A usually active 200 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg is eerily quiet at around 9:30 pm on Wednesday night March 18, 2020 as restaurants and bars closed early due to the government mandated operating restrictions including alcohol sales impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.  [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  8. Father Rojas said his Masses online emphasize the value of the family in times of despair.
  9. Zac Giparas, 28, takes a picture of the COVID-19 update beach closure sign along the sand at North Shore Park on Friday, March 20, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Giparas is a USF grad student currently on spring break. "It's a safety  concern. You gotta do what you can for public safety," he said, regarding an earlier order for the local beaches to close. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  10. Caesar Zamien Lamar Crockett Jr., 29, is involved in an armed standoff with Tampa Bay law enforcement at the Interstate 4/Interstate 75 interchange on Wednesday afternoon. He is wanted on three counts of murder and one count of kidnapping in Georgia. He fled with his 2-year-old son, who was safely recovered, authorities say. [Bibb County Sheriff's Office | Florida Highway Patrol]
  11. Drivers pass a sign outside the Kimmins Contracting Corp., looking to hire employees last Thursday in Tampa. A record-high number of people have applied for unemployment benefits as layoffs engulfed the United States in the face of a near-total economic shutdown aimed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, applications open for the new federal Paycheck Protection Program, which will provide forgivable loans to small businesses that maintain their headcount, pay and employee benefits. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
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