Live Coronavirus Updates: COVID-19 News from South Florida

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We’re following the latest news about the coronavirus in South Florida and the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.

THE BOSH FAMILY SENDS A SOFT GIFT TO THE STAFF OF LOCAL HOSPITALS

3 p.m .: Last week, former Heat All-Star striker Chris Bosh and his family sent critical care staff at Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to thank them for working on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus.

Each delivery of “Ohh My Sweetness” included a cake, a box of 40 to 50 cookies and 20 varied flavors of very leches.

“Our staff really appreciated the delicious treats offered by the Bosh family,” said Haroula Norden of Memorial Regional Hospital. “Marks of appreciation like this really help boost the morale of these caregivers who work tirelessly with our patients and we are grateful for their attention and generosity.”

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A GROUP OF OLD SECONDARY SCHOOLS GET A MIAMI STYLE SHOW

2:05 p.m .: More than 40 teachers and staff from the Académie Notre-Dame de Lourdes in seven teams honked their horns and knocked on pots and pans encouraging the elders of the school. Many students jumped for joy when they saw their teachers for the first time since the school doors closed on March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday afternoon, the festive caravan traveled 258 miles across Miami-Dade County to travel 188 homes and cheer up the class of 2020 at Notre Dame Academy in Lourdes.

“We hope to bring them some joy today. Our senior class was the most successful. They are sad that their time together was unjustly interrupted, “said Olga Martinez, director of school admissions, marketing and communications.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan were even part of the fun.

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PATIENTS, STAFF AT MIAMI JEWISH HEALTH SENIOR CARE POSSITIVE POSITIVE TEST

1 p.m .: Miami Jewish Health confirmed this week that there were “employees and residents who tested positive for COVID-19”, but did not specify the number of cases.

The senior care complex, 5200 NE Second Ave, offers residential, rehabilitation and day programs. According to the Miami Jewish Health website, more than 1,200 doctors, nurses, caregivers and support staff serve more than 10,000 clients annually.

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WHEN WILL MIAMI-DADE PARKS reopen?

12:30 p.m .: The answer to this question remains to be determined. But the fact that coronavirus patients have yet to overwhelm Miami-Dade hospitals is a trend that is helping Mayor Carlos Gimenez come up with a plan to possibly ease restrictions on parks, marinas and other activities recreational.

Gimenez cited encouraging hospital trends this week when he announced his “Moving to a New Normal” initiative to create a lifting strategy that closed businesses and limited places where residents could travel in public. “We see a light at the end of this COVID-19 tunnel, starting with the number of hospitalizations, which are stabilizing in Miami-Dade County,” he said in a video speech on Monday.

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UPDATED FLORIDA NUMBERS

11.45 a.m .: The Florida Department of Health on Thursday morning confirmed an additional 378 cases of COVID-19 as the state continues to close in on 23,000 confirmed cases. The state now has a total of 22,897 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 19 deaths have been announced, bringing the total to 633.

Miami-Dade County (8,131 confirmed cases of COVID-19) and Broward County (3,459 confirmed cases of COVID-19) combine to represent 50.6% of the total confirmed cases in Florida.

Read the full update on Florida file numbers here. State numbers will be updated again Thursday evening.

UM DOCTOR TO START TRAIL OF STEM CELLS FOR CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS

10:50 a.m .: A team of doctors from the University of Miami has obtained emergency federal approval to use stem cell therapy in patients with severe pulmonary inflammation due to COVID-19. Treatment will begin this week, starting with a dozen patients.

Doctors at the UM Miller School of Medicine suggest blocking inflammation by using an intravenous infusion of umbilical cord stem cells, based on promising but limited results from a study of 10 patients in China.

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JOBLESS DEMANDS IN FLORIDA CONTINUE TO CLIMB

9:30 a.m .: Initial claims in the Sunshine State reached 181,293 this week. Combined with the previous week’s totals, more than 650,000 Floridians are now unemployed in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

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MORE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS AT AMAZON WAREHOUSE IN MIAMI REGION

9:20 a.m .: An Amazon Opa-locka warehouse is said to have become a hot spot for COVID-19 after three other workers tested positive, bringing the total to eight, several employees told the Miami Herald this week. This brings the total to at least 10 positive cases of Amazon warehouse workers at Miami-Dade sites.

In less than two weeks, Amazon workers at the Opa-locka warehouse at 14000 NW 37th Ave. learned via text that eight workers tested positive for COVID-19.

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GATHER TO START THE DAY

9:10 a.m .: Here are the coronavirus headlines to let you know what’s going on in South Florida and the state early Thursday.

Florida has the second day of less than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus. Death toll exceeds 600

“A delicate situation”. Florida reopening plans begin as COVID-19 deaths exceed 600

Superintendent Miami-Dade: Back to school this year is “not only unlikely but reckless”

Frustrated DeSantis puts someone in charge of fixing Florida’s unemployment system again

Inventory decreases in South Florida just at the start of the summer home sales season

Don Shula and former Dolphins team up to feed the hungry during the coronavirus crisis

Third coronavirus death reported at Pompano Beach nursing home, another is hospitalized

Pianist Broward Last to Die from Coronavirus After Attending Winter Party Festival