Articles by Adriana Gomez Licon, Terry Spencer, Kelli Kennedy and Brendan Farrington

As Florida Virus Cases Spike, Officials Shut Down Bars

The state of Florida set on Saturday another record in daily confirmed coronavirus cases. Florida health officials reported more than 9,500 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous day’s total by more than 600 confirmed cases. The figures come as officials …

Florida Counties to Crack Down on Businesses as Virus Cases Surge

This story has been updated from an earlier version: Floridians traveling to the New York City area will be required to quarantine as Florida’s new confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocketed by 5,500 Wednesday, a 25% jump from the previous one-day record …

Florida Makes Plans for Dealing with Pandemic During Hurricane Season

As Florida slowly reopens, officials are now contemplating what they should do if the coronavirus outbreak lingers into hurricane season, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. Hurricane season begins June 1 and usually peaks from late August through September. Florida …

Florida to Allow Limited Reopening for Restaurants, Retail Stores

Florida’s restaurants and retail stores will be allowed to reopen Monday at 25% capacity, if the local government allows it, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday, as the state begins the slow climb from the economic abyss caused by the coronavirus. …

Florida Tourism, Hospitality Industry Plans to Ease into Reopening

Florida’s tourism and hospitality industry should reopen from the coronavirus pandemic slowly, focusing first on getting residents to take in-state vacations before branching out to domestic and international travelers, a business subcommittee charged with making recommendations was told Tuesday. Florida’s …

Florida to Aggressively Test Nursing Home Patients, Staff

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday the state will more aggressively inspect nursing homes to detect patients and staff who are infected with the coronavirus while officials said it appears the disease’s expansion in the state may be reaching a …

Florida Declared Federal Disaster Due to Virus

President Donald Trump declared Florida a disaster area Wednesday because of the new coronavirus outbreak, while another of the state’s largest metropolitan areas moved toward a near-shutdown. The president acted a day after Gov. Ron DeSantis requested the declaration, becoming …

Florida Restaurant Dining Banned by Governor; Casinos Closed

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis banned all onsite dining at restaurants statewide Friday and the Seminole Tribe closed its casinos, the latest virus -related closures affecting a state that is heavily dependent on tourism to pay its bills. The governor’s order …

Update: Florida Bans Nursing Home Visits as Coronavirus Spreads

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday banned most visits to nursing homes statewide as he acknowledged the coronavirus has likely spread into the general population. Meanwhile, officials closed world-famous South Beach to prevent college spring breakers from congregating. During a news …

New Higher-Speed Florida Train has Highest U.S. Death Rate

After Richard Branson announced his Virgin Group would partner with Brightline, Florida’s new higher-speed passenger rail service, a train whisked the British billionaire, VIPs and journalists from Miami to West Palm Beach in just over an hour and then back, …