We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.
HOW A GENDER REVEAL LOOKS WHILE IN QUARANTINE
11:30 a.m.: Quarantine is forcing some to get creative, and that’s exactly what parents to be Omaar Yemini and Stephanie Márquez did.
The couple held a gender reveal party on their balcony in downtown Miami on Saturday amid stay-at-home orders. They invited friends to their 3 p.m. virtual festivities via Facebook and Instagram.
Here’s the video ...
DESANTIS OFFERS TAKE ON ZAANDAM CRUISE COMING TO FLORIDA
10:40 a.m.: During an appearance on Fox News Monday morning, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he does not want to see people from the Zaandam cruise ship disembark in Florida.
“We cannot afford to have people who are not even Floridians dumped into South Florida using up those valuable resources,” he said. “We view this as a big big problem and we do not want to see people dumped in Southern Florida right now.”
PUERTO RICO SEES LARGEST ONE-DAY INCREASE IN CASES
10 a.m.: Puerto Rico saw its largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases. On Monday, the island’s Health Department said public and private labs had detected 47 new cases and that another patient had died.
The updated numbers have Puerto Rico with 174 cases of the coronavirus and six have died.
MIAMI-DADE PUBLIX EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE
9:20 a.m.: A Publix employee in Southwest Miami-Dade has tested positive for the coronavirus, the supermarket chain confirmed Monday.
The store at 9420 SW 56th St. has since completed a “disinfection-level deep cleaning in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in addition to our daily cleaning and sanitation protocols,” Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous said in an email to the Miami Herald.
CATCH UP TO START THE DAY
9:10 a.m.: Here are the coronavirus headlines to catch you up on what’s happening around South Florida and the state as Monday begins.
▪ As of Sunday evening, there were 4,950 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida. Sixty people in the state have died of the disease.
▪ The Democratic National Committee is launching a text message campaign in Florida asking voters to switch to vote-by-mail ballots, as voter registration organizations continue to shift methods and goals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
▪ Three TSA agents at Miami International Airport have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to federal officials.
▪ A Holland America cruise ship with four deaths, two COVID-19 cases and 179 people sick with flu-like symptoms is headed for Port Everglades in Broward County. But Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis indicated he’s not yet ready to accept the ship into the community.
▪ Healthcare workers at the Miami VA hospital are being told to reuse one surgical mask for a week at a time starting Monday.
This story was originally published March 30, 2020 9:11 AM.