BuzzFeed News: Seniors Who Aren’t Afraid Of The Coronavirus Love What Trump Is Saying About COVID

BuzzFeed News: Seniors Who Aren’t Afraid Of The Coronavirus Love What Trump Is Saying About COVID. “…The Villages, known for its manicured lawns and golf carts and courses, is a Republican haven. If there are older adults anywhere in America who aren’t particularly concerned about a pandemic that is particularly dangerous for older people, it is here. Here, the fear is about supposedly rising socialism and radically changing American culture, not the coronavirus. Frankly, they’re just not that interested.”

WCTV: Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee sees spike in active inmate COVID-19 infections

WCTV: Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee sees spike in active inmate COVID-19 infections. “No federal prison in the South has more active coronavirus cases than the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, according to the Bureau of Prison’s online database of infections. According to that tracker, 91 inmates and 16 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Those are considered ‘active’ cases. A BOP spokesperson said cumulative totals weren’t immediately available to the public.”

CBS Miami: Florida Reports Highest Coronavirus Numbers In Past Two Months

CBS Miami: Florida Reports Highest Coronavirus Numbers In Past Two Months. “Florida reported its highest coronavirus numbers in two months with another uptick in new infections Saturday, surging to more than 4,000 cases. The state also reported nearly 90 more deaths, which pushed its official death toll to nearly 16,000 Floridians since March. Since the outbreak began, Florida has recorded more than 752,00 coronavirus cases.”

WFLA: After months unpaid, 8 On Your Side helps homeless Tampa man receive unemployment benefits

WFLA: After months unpaid, 8 On Your Side helps homeless Tampa man receive unemployment benefits. “8 On Your Side is getting results for a Tampa man who, thanks to Florida’s unemployment failures, found himself homeless. A week after we first met Julius Johnson, he sat at the same bench in the same park but his outlook on life couldn’t be more different. ‘If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have this here,’ he said. ‘My car would be right there underneath the shade, and I’d just be sitting out here probably on the phone with unemployment.'”

Connecticut has issued 42 fines for COVID-19 travel advisory violations, totaling $44,800; North Carolina, Florida top list (Hartford Courant)

Hartford Courant: Connecticut has issued 42 fines for COVID-19 travel advisory violations, totaling $44,800; North Carolina, Florida top list. “Connecticut has imposed 42 fines for violations of the state’s COVID-19 travel advisory totaling $44,800 — with more than half of those travelers coming from North Carolina and Florida — according to data from the office of Gov. Ned Lamont. Fines for failing to wear masks or observe distancing guidelines are issued at the municipal level, but local leaders say they have been reluctant to begin imposing them.” CACKALACKIANS CONCERN CONNECTICUT YANKEES

New York Times: White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked

New York Times: White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked. “The White House has blocked a new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep cruise ships docked until mid-February, a step that would have displeased the politically powerful tourism industry in the crucial swing state of Florida.”

‘I really don’t think he has done a great job’: COVID-19 puts Florida at risk for Trump (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: ‘I really don’t think he has done a great job’: COVID-19 puts Florida at risk for Trump. “Priscilla Skalka figured Donald Trump’s experience as a businessman would serve him well as president, so the Florida retiree voted for him. Four years later, she’s convinced he lacks what it takes to run the country. The pandemic has upended Skalka’s life, first with depression as it kept family away, then with a terrifying case of COVID-19 that put her in intensive care at a St. Petersburg hospital. She believes Trump failed to take the threat seriously early on.”

Miami Herald: Cops break up huge party of over 1,000 people at off-campus housing at FSU

Miami Herald: Cops break up huge party of over 1,000 people at off-campus housing at FSU. “A large gathering, with more than 1,000 people, was shut down by cops late Saturday night near Florida State University in Tallahassee. The party was at an off campus apartment complex called Tenn Street Apartments that saw at least 700 cars parked in the area, blocking travel lanes, cops said. The Tallahassee Police Department said that this bash was just one of a dozen large social events they broke up over the weekend, read a Facebook post from the agency.”

202 more Florida residents dead from coronavirus; number of infections passes 690K (Orlando Sentinel)

Orlando Sentinel: 202 more Florida residents dead from coronavirus; number of infections passes 690K. “Florida added 2,590 coronavirus cases Wednesday to push the statewide total to 690,499 infected. With 202 new virus fatalities reported statewide, 13,618 Florida residents are now dead. Each report includes deaths from several previous days, as it can take two weeks or more for fatalities to be logged.”

WLRN: Florida’s Hunt For Chinese Communist Ties Comes Up Empty-Handed

WLRN: Florida’s Hunt For Chinese Communist Ties Comes Up Empty-Handed. “Instead of finding communists, the state effort gave many Floridians a scare that the state was engaging in the kind of political fear mongering and list-making that marked the darkest days of the Cold War, according to responses reviewed by WLRN. The move was a stroke in Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis’ campaign to assign blame for the COVID-19 pandemic to China. The letters were signed by him, and recipients were further asked to confirm whether they represent ‘U.S. Interests’ or not.”

Politico: Florida schools defy DeSantis order to keep virus stats under wraps

Politico: Florida schools defy DeSantis order to keep virus stats under wraps. “Florida school districts are defying Gov. Ron DeSantis and publicly reporting new Covid-19 cases among students and staff that the state government considers confidential. The state Department of Health has tried to directly quash reporting on the virus in some instances, after DeSantis said K-12 testing data ‘needs to be put in the right context.'”

Florida: We can’t afford Trump’s jobless aid anymore (Politico)

Politico: Florida: We can’t afford Trump’s jobless aid anymore. “Florida‘s Republican governor will end a Trump program to boost unemployment benefits to out-of-work Americans because the state’s bare-bones jobless program is too poor to continue qualifying for the federal boost. Gov. Ron DeSantis, an ally of President Donald Trump, is scrapping the extra $300 in weekly benefits because the state pays its unemployed workers too little to meet a 25 percent matching requirement. Florida appears to be the first state in the nation to halt the program because of its cost.”

WTXL: 36 Leon County Schools teachers resign amid staff shortage, COVID-19 risks

WTXL: 36 Leon County Schools teachers resign amid staff shortage, COVID-19 risks. “Some teachers in the Big Bend area say going back to work isn’t worth the risks involved. Leon County Schools is dealing with about 200 fewer teachers on staff this year. Teachers are taking leaves of absence, retiring, or quitting altogether.”

Washington Post: A pandemic, a motel without power and a potentially terrifying glimpse of Orlando’s future

Washington Post: A pandemic, a motel without power and a potentially terrifying glimpse of Orlando’s future. “Rose Jusino was waking up after working the graveyard shift at Taco Bell when a friend knocked on her door at the Star Motel. The electric company trucks were back. The workers were about to shut off the power again. The 17-year-old slammed her door and cranked the air conditioning as high as it would go, hoping that a final blast of cold air might make the 95-degree day more bearable. She then headed outside to the motel’s overgrown courtyard, a route that took her past piles of maggot-infested food that had been handed out by do-gooders and tossed aside by the motel’s residents. Several dozen of them were gathered by a swimming pool full of fetid brown water, trying to figure out their next move.”

Washington Post: Coronavirus cases spike among school-age children in Florida, while state orders some counties to keep data hidden

Washington Post: Coronavirus cases spike among school-age children in Florida, while state orders some counties to keep data hidden. “One month into the forced reopening of Florida’s schools, dozens of classrooms — along with some entire schools — have been temporarily shuttered because of coronavirus outbreaks, and infections among school-age children have jumped 34 percent. But parents in many parts of the state don’t know if outbreaks of the virus are related to their own schools because the state ordered some counties to keep health data secret.”