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Latest On Coronavirus: State Cases Surpass 12,000, Jail Deputy Tests Positive For Covid-19, And More

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments: Total positive cases of coronavirus as of 6 p.m. Sunday, April 5, according to the Florida Department of Health. 11,961 – Florida Residents | 9 – Florida Cases Repatriated | 389 – Non-Florida Residents | 221 – Deaths

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boats on the water
Courtesy James Leckie

Many businesses have been shuttered because of coronavirus, but boat ramps and marinas in Hillsborough and Pinellas County remained open over the weekend.

Updated at 9:12 p.m. ET

President Trump doubled down Sunday on the suggestion that people facing the coronavirus should consider taking an anti-malaria drug that has not been proven to be an effective treatment.

map of coronavirus cases in Florida on April 5, 2020
Florida Department of Health

Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 221 people in Florida, and infected more than 12,000, according to Sunday evening’s update from the Florida Department of Health.

A shot of inside a church with people in white robes singing
Kerry Sheridan/WUSF

More than 1,000 people tuned in online to see the full choir sing at Palm Sunday services at the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota. But the church itself was closed, and no one was inside.

The service that broadcasted online at 8:50 am was actually pre-recorded more than two weeks ago, before Florida’s governor issued a statewide stay-at-home order, but around the time coronavirus cases in New York began to surge.

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U.S. Sen. Rick Scott via Facebook

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is wanting clarification about financial support for small business owners in Florida affected by the coronavirus.

The Walker family never thought having an age range of 3 to 96 under the same roof would be risky.

That was before the coronavirus pandemic.

Wilma Walker's now nonagenarian mom moved into her daughter and son-in-law's home in Florissant, Mo., about 15 years ago. Their party of three turned into a household of six when the Walkers' now 30-year-old daughter, Andre'a Walker-Nimrod, moved back in with her young son and a daughter on the way.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Total positive cases of coronavirus as of 6 p.m. Sunday, April 5, according to the Florida Department of Health.

11,961 – Florida Residents | 9 – Florida Cases Repatriated | 389 – Non-Florida Residents | 221 – Deaths

As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies across the country, many churches, synagogues, temples and mosques are temporarily shutting their doors to all public services.

Although there are exemptions for some religious services, congregations are still expected to follow state stay-at-home orders and limitations on gatherings.

The children's voices on the phone line were hesitant, but they were looking for answers.

"Why did we switch to remote learning?"

"When are we going to go back to school?"

"They're opening up an emergency hospital here, will that bring more coronavirus cases to my area?"

Coronavirus dashboard from state
Florida Department of Health

The number of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Florida climbed to 11,545 on Saturday.

The 6 p.m. release by the state put the day’s total at 1,620 new confirmed cases compared to the same time on Friday. It’s the third straight day that the new infections have exceeded 1,000.

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