Coronavirus

NBC Miami: ‘We’re Not Going Back’: Miami-Dade Won’t Shut Down Despite COVID-19 Trends

Barry Sanders tested positive for the coronavirus multiple times. “It just really knocked you out. Other than that, I really didn’t know what was going on,” Sanders said, adding he felt lightheaded, disoriented, and had “no energy whatsoever.” Sanders has since recovered, but he is still concerned about people not taking social distancing seriously by …

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Miami Herald: Miami-Dade mayor orders crackdown to protect reopening plan as COVID infections spread

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he won’t revive old business restrictions to fight worsening COVID numbers but will order county police to crack down with stricter enforcement. “We’re not going back,” Gimenez said in a video address Thursday, his second in two days as coronavirus statistics continue to worsen in Miami-Dade. “We are going to …

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MIAMI HERALD: “At Miami-Dade mayoral forum, talk of transit for frontline workers and budget cuts”

With about two months until Miami-Dade voters receive mailed ballots for the 2020 mayor’s race, candidates are ready to try and land some blows if given the chance. Seven candidates fielded questions online Monday afternoon during a forum sponsored by the Miami Foundation, with newcomers promising a fresh approach to politics and veteran office holders urging …

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MIAMI HERALD: “Alarmed by COVID-19 outbreaks, Miami-Dade considers sick pay for nursing home workers”

“You’re making an impossible choice, especially for someone without savings,” said Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, who was one of several commissioners listening in to Gimenez’s call with top aides. “We have to find a way to mitigate the risk for those people. Should county taxpayers pick up the tab? … Why wouldn’t nursing homes provide paid sick leave?”
Last week, Gimenez opposed a proposal by Levine Cava to require paid sick leave for private firms hired by Miami-Dade to provide county services, including security at airports and transit stations. The bill failed for lack of support in a County Commission committee.
“We had an opportunity to set an example,” Levine Cava said Tuesday.

MIAMI HERALD: “During coronavirus pandemic, Miami-Dade deciding whether transit guards need sick pay”

Miami-Dade’s fight over extending paid sick leave to county contractors happens to fall in the middle of a global pandemic that’s shut down much of the economy over fears more people will catch a virus at work. The timing is helping fuel the campaign to change county law and require sick leave for employees of private companies …

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TAMPA BAY TIMES: “Contact tracing can help reduce coronavirus infections. How much is Florida doing?:”

The state’s silence about any long-term plan to map the spread of the virus through contact tracing — a measure most public health officials agree is an essential tool to help parts of the economy safely reopen — has frustrated some elected officials. By Ben Conarck, Daniel Chang and Douglas Hanks While some states preparing to reopen their economies …

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MIAMI NEW TIMES: “Tons of Miami-Dade Contract Workers Still Have No Paid Sick Leave”

Contract workers in Miami-Dade County often feel they have to make a tough choice when they’re sick: Do they stay home and miss out on a paycheck, or do they go to work and put other people at risk? During the COVID-19 pandemic, the implications of those decisions are even more serious. On Thursday, the …

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South Dade Newsleader: “South Dade Leaders Planning for Recovery “

The South Dade Chamber of Commerce hosted a conference call on the economic recovery strategy for south Dade on Monday April 20. Panelists included the Mayors Steve Losner of Homestead, Tim Meerbott of Cutler Bay and Otis Wallace of Florida City, County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Peter England of the Economic Development Council of South …

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FLORIDA POLITICS: “Miami-Dade lawmakers disagree on push to partially reopen county”

A pair of Miami-Dade lawmakers disagreed on Miami-Dade County’s proposed partial reopening of recreational spaces amid the coronavirus outbreak. Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava joined a Monday afternoon call to discuss the need for additional testing capacity before the state moves to a widespread reopening. The duo was asked by Doug Hanks of the Miami …

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