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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

Reopening Long-Term Care Facilities; Sheriff Mike Chitwood; Voting In Florida

Anggy Volmar, Margaret Choinacki
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Margaret Choinacki, center, 87, waves goodbye after a drive-by visit by her friend Frances Reaves at Miami Jewish Health in Miami in Miami, FL.

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the formation of a Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities in Florida.

DeSantis says the task force will develop guidelines on how to safely allow family members to visit their loved ones in Florida’s long-term care facilities, where visitation has been prohibited since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We discussed this with Marty Goetz, CEO of River Garden Senior Services; Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist at FIU’s College of Medicine; and Mary Daniel, a task force member who was invited to join after she took a dishwashing job in a long-term care facility where her husband is a resident in order to see him.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood’s COVID-19 Experience

Several people have tested positive for COVID-19 after a two-day meeting of the Florida Sheriffs Association in Bonita Springs, which was also attended by Gov. DeSantis and other state officials. One of them was Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, who recounted his experience with COVID-19 for us.

Florida Primaries

POLITICO writer Marc Caputo shared his insights on Florida’s upcoming primaries and vote-by-mail system, and how Florida politics are figuring into Joe Biden’s VP search.

Katherine Hobbs can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.

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