Status of Florida Schools Uncertain 

Florida schools may remain closed through the rest of the semester, though some counties may allow students to return on campuses before others. With schools set to remain closed until May 1, Governor DeSantis has not definitively decided how long remote learning will last. Yesterday, DeSantis commented: “if we get to the point where people think we are on the other side of this, and we could get kids back in even for a couple of weeks, we think there would be value in that”. 

Florida Department of Health Community Action Survey 

A new survey from the Florida Department of Health seeks feedback on what steps Floridians are taking to combat the spread of coronavirus. Take the FDOH Community Action Survey here:

Florida to Begin Testing for Antibodies 

Governor DeSantis has announced that testing for asymptomatic people will begin in Florida. The Florida Department of Health is particularly looking to test asymptomatic residents of Jacksonville, Miami, and Orlando who have repeatedly come into contact with infected persons. Ideally, this will enable better understanding of COVID-19 and how it spreads.   

Hillsborough County: Commercial Renters Temporarily Protected From Eviction  

Governor DeSantis’ efforts last week to protect apartment renters from eviction left many confused as to whether commercial renters would receive the same protections. Chief Judge Ron Ficarotta has decided that the order did not address the evictions of commercial renters and has instructed Sheriff Chronister “not to issue eviction notices until further notice”. Sheriff Chronister has noted that only one of the eviction notices on hold involves a commercial renter. 

Florida’s Congressional Delegation Seeks Relief for Agricultural Industry 

Florida’s congressional delegation has sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for relief for Florida’s agricultural industry. Read it here: 

Updated Numbers   

There are now 17,531 cases throughout the state of Florida and 390 deaths. In Duval County, there are 609 cases and 13 deaths. In Hillsborough County, there are 671 cases and 9 deaths. In Orange County, there are 895 cases and 11 deaths. In Pasco County, there are 141 cases and 2 deaths. In Pinellas County, there are 428 cases and 10 deaths. In Polk County, there are 237 cases and 8 deaths. For updated data, visit:  




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