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Latest On Coronavirus: Another New High In Tampa Bay Cases, Unemployment Protests, And More

Jun 11, 2020

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Here are the latest figures as of Thursday, June 11, according to the Florida Department of Health:

69,069 — Positive Tests | 2,848— Deaths

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Tampa Bay Area COVID-19 Cases Reach New Daily High

Florida health officials reported the highest daily increase in new coronavirus infections in the state Thursday.

The Department of Health reported an additional 1,698 positive coronavirus tests since Wednesday, bringing the number of people who have tested positive to 69,069.

The Tampa Bay area also saw the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a day so far. In a 24-hour period, 337 more people tested positive, 78 more than the previous daily high recorded Wednesday.

There were 147 new positive tests in Hillsborough County - 34 more than the previous high observed Monday. It’s the fourth time since Sunday that the daily increase in cases for the county has been over 100.

Pinellas County posted 116 new cases; 35 more than the high posted Friday June 5. [Read more]

-- Lisa Peakes

Protests Against Embattled Unemployment System

Braving the mid-morning heat, a small group of protesters gathered at the Historic Capitol Wednesday, to tell Florida leadership the state’s unemployment system still needs fixing.

When Judy Tanzosch was furloughed from her job in March, she started trying to apply for benefits on the state’s CONNECT system.

“My situation, I applied on March 27, or I started to apply – and it took 45 days for me to be able to actually get the application completed in CONNECT, because the CONNECT system would consistently boot me out in various stages of the process,” Tanzosch told WFSU. [Read more]

-- Ryan Dailey, WFSU

Covid-19 Cases Jump In Florida Juvenile System

The number of youths in Florida’s juvenile-justice system who have tested positive for COVID-19 jumped to 73 on Tuesday, up from 47 a week earlier, according to the Department of Juvenile Justice. 

Also, the number of infected juvenile-justice workers increased from 50 to 62. 

Palm Beach Youth Academy has had the most cases, with 21 youths and 10 employees testing positive, the department said in a news release. Okeechobee Youth Development Center has had the next-highest total, with 16 infected youths and five infected workers. Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center has had 12 employee cases and four youth cases. [Read more]

-- News Service of Florida

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