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Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida’s coronavirus outbreak may peak by late April, updated model says
Florida’s new coronavirus infections may peak on April 21, about two weeks earlier than the original projections used by the state. Like a high tide during a powerful storm, that peak is expected to strain hospital capacity statewide and lead to increased mortality from the virus because of a lack of resources. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and WKMG.
Florida Prepaid Program defers all payments until July
Parents won’t need to pay into Florida Prepaid until July. As the COVID-19 pandemic challenges families, officials deferred payments for April, May and June. The move will help longtime plan-holders and those who just signed up during the 2020 Open Enrollment Period. More from Florida Politics.
The DeMarcay launches free business webinars
The team behind The DeMarcay in downtown Sarasota, is launching a series of business webinars tailored to real estate professionals but available to anyone, and has transitioned its sales gallery to a completely virtual experience. The first Zoom webinar will be held Friday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m., featuring video production with a focus on social media use. More from Sarasota Magazine and Florida Trend.
Miami-Dade lets construction go on. Some cities are banning it anyway.
Since the town of Surfside issued a ban last month on all construction except for emergency repairs, some of the feedback has been harsh. About 10 homeowners have asked for permission to continue with ongoing work, saying it can be done without risking the spread of COVID-19. But so far, despite state and county leaders giving builders the green light to forge ahead with projects, the little oceanfront community of Surfside hasn’t budged. More from the Miami Herald.
Flights in and out of Sanford airport dwindle to a trickle
Orlando Sanford International Airport, which saw passenger counts soar for a decade, is now watching its operations come to a near halt because of the coronavirus pandemic. Similar to most airports across the country, the Sanford airport’s terminal was nearly empty on Monday. The only departing flight was an Allegiant plane headed to South Bend, Ind., that soared off into the clouds just before 11 a.m., about 10 minutes ahead of schedule because of the few passengers on board. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
A Largo company wants to make thousands of face masks, but needs volunteers to help
Unable to find face masks for the employees of Performance Air Conditioning, Electrical and Plumbing, director of operations Brian Hall decided to take matters into his own hands. While out purchasing fabric to make masks, he met a nurse who was also gathering materials to sew her own mask. Hall picked her brain about what kinds of fabric and design works best for healthcare workers. That conversation also made him understand the dire shortage for masks among local healthcare workers.
» More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Out of the Box
Autonomous vehicles transport COVID-19 tests
Autonomous vehicles are being used to transport medical supplies and coronavirus tests at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic as the private hospital begins its own testing for the pandemic. Hospital officials as well as the Jacksonville Transportation Authority say this may be the first time the automated people pods, being tested now by the JTA for eventual use on a modified Skyway, are being used like this in the United States.
» Read more from Santa Rosa's Press Gazette.
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