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More widespread wearing of face masks could prevent tens of thousands of deaths by COVID-19, epidemiologists and mathematicians project.

A model from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows that near-universal wearing of cloth or homemade masks could prevent between 17,742 and 28,030 deaths across the US before Oct. 1.

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Sarasota City Government

Citing concerns over the spread of coronavirus, the city of Sarasota is joining a growing list of Florida cities that require the wearing of face masks in public spaces.

The Sarasota City Commission approved the measure at a special meeting on Monday.

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Requirements to wear face masks in Hillsborough County businesses and public spaces will continue for another week, but there are some adjustments.

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Business groups say a "patchwork" of local face-mask ordinances across Florida is creating confusion for store owners and customers.

Leon County COVID-19 Information Portal

Calling it a “radical infringement” of constitutional rights, the head of the Republican Party in Leon County teamed with a conservative state representative Thursday to challenge a local ordinance requiring people to wear face coverings to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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With more than 200,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida, governments across the state are looking at ways to stem the increase.

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With the number of COVID-19 cases climbing in the Tampa Bay area and statewide, two more local governments approved mandatory mask requirements Tuesday.

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Face masks will now be required when entering a business in Hillsborough County.

The county's Emergency Policy Group adopted the ordinance on a vote of 5-3 Monday after more than two hours of debate.

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PolicyLab / Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

According to an updated model by PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Florida has the potential to be the next epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

The projections point to the rising number of cases in Hillsborough County and surrounding areas over the past few weeks.

Doctors Demand Governor Mandate Masks

Jun 17, 2020

Even as Florida is reopening, the state is seeing record numbers of new COVID-19 cases. A a group of doctors has asked Governor DeSantis to make the wearing of protective face masks mandatory in certain settings.

There is much that isn't known about the coronavirus. But Dr. Howard Kessler, president of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, said one fact is undisputed.

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Companies around the country are switching gears to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breweries and cosmetic companies are making hand sanitizer. General Motors, Ford and Tesla are making ventilators.

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that people wear cloth masks in public settings, the Disco Dolls in Seminole Heights knew how they could help.

Since the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic, Americans have been told by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to wear masks unless they are sick, caring for a sick person who is unable to wear one or working in health care.