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Congress members Castor and Crist want governor to expand Florida’s unemployment compensation

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Democrats are pressuring Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to improve the state’s problem-ridden unemployment compensation system. The online system is overwhelmed and not able to handle the rush of thousands of Floridians who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. In a video conference Wednesday morning, Tampa… Read more »

A Self-Isolating Conversation With Dr. Binoy Kampmark

The fourteen-hour time difference hardly seems to matter when you are self-isolating. Days seem to run into each other. Cable news doesn’t help, everyone is jibber-jabbering from their homes via Skype or Zoom, etc. The only slight relief from the monotonous drone of doom and gloom from the endless rotation of hostage-like videos is peering… Read more »

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Number of Florida coronavirus cases nears 10,000

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources According to the state’s Department of Health website, there have been 9,585 positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Friday afternoon. One hundred sixty-three people have died from the disease in the state. Here’s the county-by-county breakdown of the number of people who have tested positive… Read more »

Free Coronovirus Testing in Tampa

After a week of unavailable Coronavirus testing kits,  Hillsborough County has secured 1500 nasal collection kits from the State of Florida. As a result, the Raymond James Stadium drive-through testing site, located at 4201 N. Dale Mabry, was re-opened this morning. 195 individuals were able to be tested for the virus today. Free testing will… Read more »

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Florida governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of coronavirus. Federal and local pressure mounted for him to abandon the county-by-county approach he had implemented. The order takes effect Friday morning, just after midnight. You can read it below. DeSantis… Read more »

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Even during coronavirus outbreak, legal aid group hears about eviction concerns

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The legal aid organization Gulfcoast Legal Services says they are seeing an influx of calls from tenants regarding evictions, even during the coronavirus pandemic. GLS has suspended its in-person services because of social distancing concerns, but it’s still working with clients via email and phone. On WMNF’s MidPoint… Read more »

Two Cultural Phenomena

Each August staff and volunteers begin to construct Black Rock City, a temporary city located in the hostile and haunting Black Rock Desert of northwestern Nevada. Every September nearly seventy thousand people occupy the city for Burning Man, an event that creates the sixth-largest population center in Nevada. By mid-September, the infrastructure that supported the… Read more »

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Coronavirus updates in Tampa Bay for Friday

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Florida Department of Health reports that as of this afternoon there have been 2,900 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state. Thirty-four people have died. Here’s the county-by-county breakdown of positive coronavirus tests for the Tampa Bay area: In Hillsborough County, there are… Read more »

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Hillsborough has first COVID-19 death; “safer at home” order starts Friday

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Beginning Friday night, Hillsborough County will be under what’s called a “Safer at Home” order. It’s similar to what went into effect Thursday at noon in Pinellas. In a unanimous vote Thursday afternoon, Hillsborough’s Emergency Policy Group voted to implement the policy with two main changes from… Read more »

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Spike in gun and ammo sales during coronavirus emergency could spell danger for domestic violence victims

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Gun and ammunition sales in Florida and elsewhere in the U.S. have spiked during the coronavirus emergency. That could be very dangerous for victims of domestic violence. Julia Weber is an implementation director with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “The information we’re getting from… Read more »

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Pinellas County has its first COVID-19 death

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County says that a 67-year-old Pinellas resident who was diagnosed with COVID-19 passed away Monday. It’s the first COVID-19 death in Pinellas. As of Tuesday morning, The Florida Department of Health reported there have been 1,412 total positive coronavirus cases… Read more »

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Monday coronavirus update

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources There are now 1,171 positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida. According to the Florida Department of Health website, as of Monday morning, there had been 14 deaths in the state. Here’s the county-by-county breakdown: In Hillsborough there have been 73 positive tests, 40 in Pinellas, 15 in Manatee,… Read more »