Orange County Residents Ordered To Stay At Home
(Orlando, FL) -- Life in Orange County is about to change even more than it already has. Mayor Jerry Demings announced yesterday a two-week Stay at Home order will go into effect at 11:00 tomorrow night, but there are exceptions for those going to work, grocery shopping or seeking exercise. The county has over a million residents, and Demings says while this will be painful, it should lead to positive results. Meanwhile, the county school district announced last night it has canceled all proms and Grad Bash events, but graduation exercises are still on, for now.
Volusia County Reports 19th Coronavirus Case
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The coronavirus continues to spread in Volusia County. The Florida Department of Health announced yesterday three more people in the county have tested positive for COVID-19. They're a 78-year-old man, a 78-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man. The county now has 19 cases of the virus but zero deaths.
Brevard County Reports Two More Coronavirus Cases
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Brevard County is dealing with more coronavirus cases. The Florida Department of Health's latest update counts two more residents as having the virus. That brings the total to nine but zero deaths. Three of the COVID-19 patients are in Melbourne, while Palm Bay and Titusville each have two and Cocoa Beach and Indian Harbour Beach each have one.
Hillsborough County To Consider Curfew
(Tampa, FL) -- More restrictions could soon be in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Hillsborough County. The county's Emergency Policy Group will meet today to discuss imposing a curfew. They already rejected imposing a curfew two days ago. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has been pushing for a countywide stay-at-home order, which she believes will be easier to enforce than a curfew.
Pinellas County Considering Stay-At-Home Order
(Clearwater, FL) -- Pinellas County is considering further steps to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The county commission will meet this morning to discuss issuing a Stay-at-Home order. Four of the seven commissioners have publicly said they support the move. The measure would include exceptions for grocery shopping, exercise and those providing essential services.
Miami Announces Stay-At-Home Order
(Miami, FL) -- Miami residents are facing more restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. City Manager Art Noriega announced a Stay-at-Home order yesterday, which took effect at 11:59 last night. City residents are allowed to leave their homes for work, grocery shopping or exercising. More restrictions may be coming, though, as City Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla plans, at tonight's meeting, to call for a 10:00 p.m. curfew.
Drivers Entering Keys Will Be Stopped
(Key West, FL) -- Monroe County is taking further steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the Keys. The county announced yesterday it will stop drivers entering the county by using checkpoints on US One and SR 905. Residents, property owners, workers and those providing essential services will be allowed to enter. The measure is set to go into effect no later than Friday.
Evergreen Cemetery Offering Online Funerals
(Jacksonville, FL) -- A Jacksonville cemetery is taking creative steps to help people pay their respects during the pandemic. Evergreen Cemetery, Funeral Home and Crematory is now offering online funeral services. For a fee, those who can't attend the service in-person because of coronavirus fears can receive a link to a video of the service.
Website Calculates How Much Toilet Paper Is Needed During Pandemic
(Undated) -- With stores all over running out of toilet paper, it's clear no one has done the math. That's why there's a new website. 'How-much-toilet-paper-dot-com' lets families know if they have enough to ride out the coronavirus quarantine. Simply put in numbers for the rolls on hand and daily bathroom visits and the calculator figures it out. The creators say the average user has about 500-percent more than needed.
New Jersey Man Charged After Coughing On Wegmans Worker
(Manalapan Township, NJ) -- A New Jersey man is in custody after threatening a grocery store worker with the coronavirus. Authorities say George Falcone visited the Wegmans in Manalapan when he got into a spat with the staffer. They say they asked Falcone to step back as he was standing to close to her and a food display, but instead he moved closer and coughed on her shortly before saying he had the coronavirus. The 50-year-old now faces charges of making terroristic threats, obstruction of law and harassment. State Attorney General Grubir Grewal says anyone who commits an act similar to Falcone's will also be charged.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2019, due to lack of spacesuits able to fit women, NASA canceled a historic all-female space walk.
1987, the Supreme Court ruled employers may sometimes favor women and members of minority groups over men and whites in hiring and promoting in order to achieve better balance in the work force.
1965, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. led 25-thousand marchers into Montgomery, Alabama, to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.
1954, RCA began commercial production of color television sets.