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COVID Update – 4/15

By April 15, 2020COVID-19, Crisis, News

Most Daily COVID-19 Deaths in Florida Yesterday 

Yesterday was the deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic so far in Florida, while also being the day with the smallest daily increase of new cases. 72 new deaths were reported yesterday. Total cases in the state are now over 22,000. 

Airports Will Receive Financial Assistance 

The Federal Aviation Administration is disseminating $896 million from funds in last month’s stimulus bill to Florida airports. Tampa International will receive $81 million, St. Petersburg/Clearwater International will receive about $9 million, Jacksonville International will receive $28 million, Orlando International Airport will receive $170 million, and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will receive $23 million in federal aid. Miami International Airport will receive the most aid, $207 million.  

DeSantis Will Deploy Florida National Guard to Increase Testing at Long-Term Care Facilities 

Governor DeSantis has announced that he will be deploying the Florida National Guard to test more residents and staff at long-term care facilities. This effort is aimed at improving the identification of individuals who have the virus and are asymptomatic. There are currently 1,179 positive confirmed cases of coronavirus who are residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The testing will begin in southeast Florida, in counties with the highest number of positive cases. 

Updates: Business Relief Programs in Tampa Bay Area 

Tampa has announced the ‘One Tampa: Relief Now, Rise Together’ fund to help small businesses and residents facing financial disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses can receive up to $4,000 towards rent or mortgage costs and $1,000 towards utilities. Eligible families and individuals can receive up to $1,000 towards rent or mortgage costs and $250 towards utilities. Priority will be given to families that can prove a 50% reduction in income and families with children. For eligibility details and to apply, visit www.tampagov.net/relief-now/individuals. St. Petersburg has also announced that its ‘Fighting Chance Fund’ will be expanded to include travel agencies, businesses in operation for six-months, and businesses that operate in St. Petersburg even when the owner does not live in the city

Jacksonville Jazz Festival is cancelled, will Resume in 2021 

Jacksonville’s Office of Sports and Entertainment announced yesterday that the 2020 Jacksonville Jazz Festival has officially been cancelled. The event will resume in 2021 and VIP ticketholders will receive refunds. Concerns about the safety of visitors amidst the pandemic led to the cancellation of this annual festival.  

UF Experts: Best Ways to Stay Healthy While Handling Groceries, Take-out Food 

Providing a useful guide, UF experts have weighed in on the best ways to avoid coronavirus risks while handling groceries and take-out food. Read their advice here: https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200414/covid-19-fact–fiction-uf-experts-on-how-to-safely-handle-groceries-restaurant-takeout

 Updated Numbers   

There are now 22,081 cases throughout the state of Florida and 591 deaths. In Duval County, there are 745 cases and 14 deaths. In Hillsborough County, there are 869 cases and 18 deaths. In Orange County, there are 1073 cases and 18 deaths. In Pinellas County, there are 513 cases and 14 deaths. In Polk County, there are 286 cases and 10 deaths. For updated data, visit: https://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86.  

Resources    

WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public    

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html    

Florida Department of Health: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/    

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus    

Florida Chamber of Commerce: https://www.flchamber.com/follow-facts-not-fear/ 

Tampa Chamber of Commerce: https://www.tampabaychamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/coronavirus-updates.aspx 

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce: https://jaxchamber.com/coronavirusbusinessresources/ 
Lakeland Chamber of Commerce: https://www.lakelandchamber.com/covid-19-resources/ 

St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce: https://www.stpete.com/resource-guide-for-coronavirus-covid-19/ 

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