Two Deaths In Brevard County
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Brevard County is experiencing its first deaths from the coronavirus. The Florida Department of Health announced yesterday two people died from COVID-19. They were a 79-year-old man and a 76-year-old woman. Meanwhile, the county commission last night rejected a motion that would have forced stores to enforce social distancing guidelines.
OIA Workers File Complaint With OSHA
(Orlando, FL) -- Some Orlando International Airport workers don't believe their bosses are doing enough to protect them from the coronavirus. Thirty-five current and former food workers at OIA filed a complaint yesterday with OSHA. They claim employer HMSHost didn't enforce social distancing guidelines and offered no training on how workers should protect themselves from the virus. HMSHost has not responded to the complaint.
Man Arrested For Coughing
(DeBary, FL) -- A cough has a Volusia County man facing an assault charge. Deputies yesterday arrested DeBary's Christopher Canfora for an alleged incident at a store in Orange City. While at the checkout counter, deputies say Canfora purposefully coughed on the cash register and an employee. The 49-year-old allegedly told deputies he doesn't have the coronavirus, and he was just joking.
Thirty-Six BSO Employees Test Positive For Coronavirus
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- The coronavirus is taking a toll on the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Gregory Tony announced yesterday 36 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. That does not include Deputy Shannon Bennett, who died last week from the virus. In addition to those infected, Tony says 300 employees are self-isolating.
Generous Customer Helps Struggling Tampa Bay Business
(Tampa, FL) -- A Tampa Bay couple is astounded by a recent show of generosity at one of its restaurants. Roger and Suzanne Perry own Datz, which has two locations in Tampa and St. Pete, and like many business owners, they're struggling right now. Last week, they agreed to sell online a 25-year-old bottle of bourbon for 17-thousand dollars to make ends meet, but when the buyer showed up, he handed the Perry's a check for more than twice the selling price. With the money, the Perry's were able to rehire some laid-off workers, and they tell News Channel 8 once things get back to normal, they'll donate to one of the buyer's favorite causes.
Pitbull Song To Play During Light Show To Signal Start Of Curfew
(Miami, FL) -- Rapper Pitbull is using his inspirational new song to remind Miami about its curfew. IHeartRadio stations will play "I Believe that We Will Win" for 10 minutes each night when the clock strikes 10. It'll coincide with a 700-foot tower being lit with an American flag and song lyrics. The mayor says the light show is a sign the city can come together and beat this deadly virus.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1994, smoking was banned at the Pentagon and on all military bases.
1974, Hank Aaron belted his 715th career home run to move past Babe Ruth into first place on the all-time home run list.
1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.