Brevard Officials Criticized For Lack Of Info
(Titusville, FL) -- Brevard County officials are accused of not keeping residents adequately informed of the coronavirus. A press conference Monday was the first in almost three weeks. County Commission Chair Bryan Lober has released info through Facebook Live, but he tells Florida Today formal press releases will be made only when milestones are reached, both good and bad. The Florida Department of Health says the county has only seven COVID-19 cases and zero deaths.
OIA Reports Another Infected TSA Worker
(Orlando, FL) -- Travelers passing through Orlando International Airport should be aware of a new coronavirus case. The TSA announced yesterday that a fifth agent at OIA has tested positive for COVID-19. The agent last worked March 12th at the West Checkpoint from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The TSA says the agent is recovering at home.
Loyd's Trial Postponed
(Orlando, FL) -- Those seeking justice for the death of an Orlando police officer will have to wait. Markeith Loyd was set to go on trial in May for allegedly killing OPD Lieutenant Debra Clayton, but a judge yesterday ordered the trial to be postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus. The 44-year-old Loyd is facing a first-degree murder charge for the shooting death of Clayton three years ago. Loyd is already serving life for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend.
MacDill AFB reports More Coronavirus Cases
(Tampa, FL) -- MacDill Air Force Base is now under a public health emergency. The base announced yesterday that three people have tested positive for the coronavirus. No details have been released.
Security Guard Disciplined For Wearing Mask To Work
(Miami, FL) -- A Miami-Dade County man says wearing a mask caused him to lose work. Security guard Luis Herrera claims he was suspended without pay recently for wearing a surgical mask on the job at the Hialeah Metrorail Station. Herrera says he wore the mask for protection but was told to take it off or go home. He has since returned to work, and he tells NBC 6 he's allowed to wear his mask.
DeSantis Wants Florida Declared A Major Disaster
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Florida is looking to the federal government for more help against the coronavirus. Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday he has sent a letter to President Trump asking that Florida be declared a Major Disaster. That designation would make Florida eligible for money from FEMA, including unemployment assistance.
DeSantis Imposes Travel Restrictions
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The governor is trying to protect Floridians from those flying in from what he calls hotspots for the coronavirus. Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday those flying in from New York and New Jersey should quarantine themselves for two weeks. He says with almost 200 flights a day from New York, it's likely at least one of those passengers has COVID-19.
The governor is refusing to use what he calls a blunt instrument to try to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. He said yesterday he has no plans to order a statewide shelter-in-place like other states have done. He says he hasn't seen the data to back such a measure and he doesn't want to unnecessarily hurt businesses any further.
HillsCo Teachers Reach Out To Students
(Apollo Beach, FL) -- Some Hillsborough County teachers are showing how much they miss their students. Teachers at Apollo Beach Elementary School drove through surrounding neighborhoods yesterday to say hi to students, from a safe distance. School has been closed for almost two weeks, and Principal Kelly McMillan says everyone wanted to let students know they can't wait to see them again. One mom tells Fox 13 News it was an awesome way to boost kids' morale, and she hopes teachers do this every couple weeks.
Puzzles And Toys Sales Up
(Undated) -- With more kids staying at home, puzzles and toys are pretty popular these days. Hasbro says consumers have been buying more Play-doh and Nerf products as well as family oriented games since more people are encouraged to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. Puzzle companies like Puzzle Warehouse and Serious Puzzle are seeing record setting sales.
Florida Politician Says Coronavirus Can Be Cured Using Hairdryer
(Okeechobee County, FL) -- A Florida politician is apologizing after falsely telling a public meeting about a way to cure the coronavirus. Video captured Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper bragging about his paramedic background before telling the meeting youcan blow a hairdryer up your nose to kill all the viruses inside. He also said the "cure" came from a coronavirus expert and that some cures for diseases are quite simple. On Facebook, many users slammed the commissioner, saying he was "dangerously ignorant" and warning against the spread of misinformation. Following the backlash, Culpepper apologized for the claim and causing embarrassment to his Fellow Commissioners, while also saying he will not give any more suggestions that have not been "tried and proven."
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1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began leaking eleven-million-gallons of crude oil.
1980, "ABC News Nightline" debuted as a regular program four months after covering the Iran hostage crisis in a series of late night specials.