Florida’s COVID-19 death toll, by the numbers

COUNTIES: Within Florida, the Department of Health stopped reporting deaths by county when it switched to weekly COVID-19 updates that began June 4, 2021, after more than 14 months of daily updates. The last daily report, with information through June 1 with statewide deaths at 36,924 showed counties with large populations with the most deaths in the state. The Top 10 were Miami-Dade with 6,457 deaths, Broward with 3,079, Palm Beach with 2,881, Hillsborough with 1,830, Pinellas with 1,671,... Read More

Bodycam: Missing Florida woman argued with boyfriend before vanishing

Petito, 22, and the 23-year-old Laundrie started their drive across the U.S. in July from New York’s Long Island, where both grew up. They intended to reach Oregon by Halloween according to their social media accounts, but Petito vanished after her last known contact with family in late August from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, authorities said. ... Read More

There’s a trio of systems in the tropics. One is forecast to bring high surf and rain to the U.S. East Coast.

The Atlantic Ocean could soon have three active storms, as this five-day outlook shows. The storms with the red ‘X’ have at least a 60% chance to become a tropical depression or storm in five days while the storm with the yellow ‘X’ has a less than 40% chance of developing in the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center. (National Hurricane Center) ... Read More

Federal judge allows Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates to stay

“In refusing to allow school districts to implement commonly accepted protections for these children, such as a mask requirement, the Florida governor and his executive departments have essentially excluded them from the public schools and made parents of children with disabilities have to choose between their child’s life and health, and the rights of other parents who do not want their children to be told they must wear a piece of cloth on their face,” the parents’ attorneys wrote... Read More

Sun Sentinel and other media seek to join fight state to release COVID information

Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, filed the lawsuit last month, arguing that the state’s failure to provide the information violates public records law. The coalition of media organizations intervening in the lawsuit include the Orlando Sentinel, The Miami Herald and its parent company McClatchy, Gannett (which owns USA Today and The Palm Beach Post), The New York Times Company and The Washington Post. ... Read More