TRENDING NEWS Archives for 2020-05

SpaceX rocket ship blasts off into orbit with 2 Americans

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —

A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era of commercial space travel and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/spacex-launch-saturday/32718507

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SpaceX hoping to make second attempt at astronaut launch today

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —

After nearly a decade, an American manned spaceflight is back on Florida’s Space Coast

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/spacex-launch-saturday/32718507

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West Palm Beach urges resident to start hurricane season planning

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

On Thursday, the City of West Palm Beach told residents that this year's planning for hurricane season will be different than in past years

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/west-palm-beach-urges-resident-to-start-hurricane-season-planning/32699495

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Hobe Sound woman turns 102

On Wednesday, the women of First United Methodist Church in Hobe Sound meet weekly for fellowship and devotion or as they called it "Breakfast with God"

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/hobe-sound-woman-turns-102/32686368

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Rapids Water Park submits reopening plan to Palm Beach County

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. —

Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach is finding ways to safely operate and reopen in the midst of a pandemic

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/rapids-water-park-submits-reopening-plan-to-palm-beach-county/32690532

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Florida's tax-free holiday on hurricane supplies starts Friday

Hurricane supplies will be tax free in Florida on Friday, May 29 through Thursday, June 4.

People will not be charged sales tax for items like flash lights, batteries, coolers, radios and generators

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/florida-hurricane-tax-holiday/32675638

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Over 52,100 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; Death toll reaches over 2,200

According to the Department of Health, there were 52,170 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Monday morning. That's 1,303 more cases than the previous day

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/coronavirus-south-florida-may-26/32671739

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Walt Disney World presenting plans to reopen

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Officials from Walt Disney World will present plans for reopening Disney’s Central Florida theme parks to Orange County’s economic recovery task force on Wednesday

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/walt-disney-world-presenting-plans-to-reopen/32685393

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Palm Beach County judge named to Florida Supreme Court

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday named Miami attorney John Couriel and Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-judge-named-to-florida-supreme-court/32674749

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Rainy Memorial Day impacting local businesses trying to recover from COVID-19 losses

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Capacity restrictions under Gov. DeSantis' phase one order are already hurting businesses, but now Mother Nature is making matters worse

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/rainy-memorial-day-impacting-local-businesses-trying-to-recover-from-covid-19-losses/32662580

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Honoring nation's fallen heroes looks a little different this year

The latest:

  • There have been more than 1.6 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
  • The U.S. death toll has surpassed 97,000 people, according to Hopkins.
  • President Donald Trump booked back-to-back Memorial Day appearances despite the coronavirus pandemic, at Arlington National Cemetery and at a historic fort in Baltimore.
  • Nearly two weeks ago, the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days, but it’s not going to happen.
  • The president on Sunday issued a proclamation suspending entry to the U.S. for any individual who has been in Brazil within the 14 days immediately prior to their arrival

https://www.wpbf.com/article/national-coronavirus-updates-may-25/32658033

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$60 million in grant money now available for Palm Beach County businesses impacted by COVID-19

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

Businesses in Palm Beach County that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 are now getting help through The Cares Act Restart Business Grants Program

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/dollar60-million-in-grant-money-now-available-for-palm-beach-county-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19/32644018

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Storms expected for Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast on Memorial Day

A disturbance moving northward in the Gulf of Mexico will bring tropical moisture across South Florida. Light to moderate rains will develop and move onshore throughout your Sunday. Scattered rain chances increasing this afternoon for Palm Beach County.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/storms-expected-for-palm-beaches-and-treasure-coast-on-memorial-day/32653829

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Over 49,451 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; 2,190 deaths in the state

According to the Department of Health, there were 49,451 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Friday morning. That's 776 new cases from yesterday

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/over-49451-cases-of-covid-19-in-florida-2190-deaths-in-the-state/32643840

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All sandbars, islands & shorelines closed in Palm Beach County

Deputies will be patrolling holiday weekend

 

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer. Many boaters this year will not get away with celebrating the way they always have in the past

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/all-sandbars-islands-and-shorelines-closed-in-palm-beach-county/32645560

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Local camp owner and county officials react as youth activities allowed to resume

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

During Friday’s press conference in Jacksonville, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced all organized youth activates can resume effective immediately, but the state will not be enforcing rules or guidelines

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/local-camp-owner-and-county-officials-react-as-youth-activities-allowed-to-resume/32648308

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Miami-Dade child found dead following AMBER alert

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. —

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the 9-year-old boy at the center of an Amber Alert was found dead

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/amber-alert-issued-for-miami-dade-child/32640051

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Officials predict busy Atlantic hurricane season for 2020

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/busy-hurricane-season-for-2020-atlantic/32628644

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Data breach impacts Florida unemployment system

Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity says its unemployment system was impacted in a “data security incident"

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/florida-unemployment-data-breach/32632170

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DeSantis reveals fired dashboard operator has criminal case pending

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who the day before dismissed the firing of a COVID-19 dashboard data manager as a "non-issue," came out blazing when questioned about her again Wednesday

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/desantis-reveals-fired-dashboard-operator-has-criminal-case-pending/32621546

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Palm Beach County emerging COVID-19 hot spot? Leaders say no

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Four days after Palm Beach County entered phase one of reopening its economy, a published report in Yahoo News said a federal document listed the county as one of three emerging COVID-19 hot spots in the country

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-emerging-covid-19-hot-spot-leaders-say-no/32602735

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Nearly 47,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; Death toll reaches over 2,000

According to the Department of Health, there were 46,944 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Tuesday morning

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/coronavirus-cases-south-florida/32598326

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The Papa John's founder gave a tour of his insane mansion on TikTok

papa john schnatter 

SOURCE: TikTok/thepapajohnschnatter

 

Papa John's pizza founder John Schnatter, recently gave a mini tour of his huge mansion on his TikTok account.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/papa-john-schnatter-home-tour/32500420

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Carole Baskin of 'Tiger King' fame is selling leopard print face masks

Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin is bringing together the two necessities that are helping us get through this pandemic — masks and of course, "Tiger King."

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/carole-baskin-of-tiger-king-fame-is-selling-leopard-print-face-masks/32583787

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News to Go - At Home Testing

Mark Kelly brings you today's news headlines

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/news-to-go-at-home-testing/32595879

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Residents outraged access restricted private Singer Island beaches

Monday morning while all county beaches opened some cities chose to wait a little longer.

Early morning, condo homeowners along Singer Island walked out on their private beaches in protest to the city of Riviera Beach not reopening the city and privately owned beaches

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/residents-outraged-access-restricted-private-singer-island-beaches/32580331

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Tropical Storm Arthur forms in the Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Arthur inched closer to the U.S. East Coast on Sunday, although its impact was expected to be limited to some minor flooding and rough seas along the North Carolina coast.

 

Arthur formed off the coast of Florida on Saturday, making it the sixth straight year for a named storm to develop before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/tropical-storm-arthur-forms-in-the-atlantic/32532086

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Gyms can reopen on Monday; Retail and restaurants can expand to 50% capacity

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that gyms can reopen on Monday, as well as retail, restaurants and other attractions

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/gyms-reopen-monday-retail-and-restaurants-expand-to-50-capacity/32497195

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House passes $3 trillion coronavirus aid package, historic rules change to allow remote voting

CNN —

House Democrats have approved a $3 trillion coronavirus relief measure and a historic rules change to allow lawmakers to vote remotely during the pandemic

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/house-to-vote-on-3-trillion-covid-aid-package-and-historic-rules-change-to-allow-remote-voting/32484250

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Six COVID-19 testing sites closing Friday and Saturday due to weather

The Healthcare District in Palm Beach County confirmed Thursday that all six COVID-19 testing sites will close Friday and Saturday

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/six-covid-19-testing-sites-closing-friday-and-saturday-due-to-weather/32480193

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Gardens Mall reopening with increased regulations and cleaning

Whitney Jester walked through the Gardens Mall, stopping frequently to point out another change the mall has implemented before reopening

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/gardens-mall-reopening-with-increased-regulations-and-cleaning/32481860

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Universal Orlando to reopen some amenities this week

 

The signature universal orlando resort globe is shown in this file photo 

SOURCE: John Greim

 

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Universal Orlando announced on Tuesday that it will open CityWalk later this week.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/universal-orlando-reopening-citywalk/32451779

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Rossen Reports: COVID-19 symptoms in kids: What to look for

MYSTERY ILLNESS IN CHILDREN

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had said most children have less severe cases of the coronavirus, but now, medical professionals say a new illness could be linked to the virus. Children across the U.S. are suffering from it. New York is getting hit especially hard with at least 100 kids sick. Three children have died. 

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? 

I asked Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician, public health professor at George Washington University and former Health Commissioner in Baltimore. She says it’s a disease that causes multi-organ failure and inflammation of blood vessels. Researchers aren’t sure why children are getting it, and it’s still fairly rare. 

SYMPTOMS FOR PARENTS TO LOOK FOR:

Parents should watch out for coronavirus symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. They should also look for other symptoms such as an unexplained rash and your child suddenly not feeling well.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/kids-coronavirus-symptoms/32465738

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Tropical development possible near the Bahamas this weekend

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance that has potential for subtropical development this weekend northeast of the Bahamas

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/national-hurricane-center-monitoring-area-of-low-pressure-near-the-bahamas/32448275

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Martin County limits beaches to residents following issues with crowds over the weekend

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. —

A week after reopening Martin County beaches, county leaders are restricting access to residents only.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/martin-county-limits-beaches-to-residents-following-issues-with-crowds-over-the-weekend/32447706

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Free Covid-19 Testing Offered In Martin County

FREE COVID-19 TESTING OFFERED IN MARTIN COUNTY

 

Community Partnerships Create Expanded Testing Opportunities

 

Contact: Renay Rouse   

Renay.Rouse@FLHealth.gov

?772-631-6008

Martin County, FL – The Florida Department of Health is pleased to announce a series of free COVID-19 testing events for Martin County residents.

 

Residents can drive-thru or walk-up to any of the 12 planned testing outreach events from May 12 through May 23. No appointment is needed, and testing is offered regardless of symptoms.

The testing initiative was made possible through the collaboration of many community partners, including the Florida Department of Health in Martin County, Banner Lake Club, City of Stuart, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Salvation Army, St Joseph Catholic Church and the Village of Indiantown.

 

All residents are urged to continue practicing prevention to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including good handwashing, cleaning high touch surfaces frequently and wearing a face covering when social distancing is difficult to maintain. For more information: FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov  

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Palm Beach County may reopen beaches to county residents on May 18

Palm Beach County commissioners are working towards reopening public beaches on May 18

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-may-reopen-beaches-to-county-residents-on-may-18/32417802

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Enhanced Safety Measures Ordered for WPB Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons

Enhanced Safety Measures Ordered for WPB Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, Cosmetology Specialty Salons

Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons may operate within the City of West Palm Beach provided they follow all guidelines.

Post Date: 05/11/2020 4:33 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 11, 2020)— In the interest of public health and safety and to slow the spread of COVID-19, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James has signed Executive Order 2020-11 which mandates that barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons may operate within the City of West Palm Beach provided they follow the mandatory guidelines found at www.myfloridalicense.com/emergency and provided that they follow these additional mandatory guidelines:

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect prior to reopening. Make sure to disinfect all surfaces, tools, and linens, even if they were cleaned before you originally closed. This type of cleaning shall continue between each day of operation; and
  • Provide unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment; and
  • Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.

Restaurants, food establishments, and in-store retail establishments may operate in the City of West Palm Beach as provided in Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112. All services and activities allowed within the City of West Palm Beach, permitted in ‘Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery’ as expanded by Executive Order 20-112, shall implement all applicable guidelines established by the CDC and OSHA.

To view Executive Order 2020-11 signed by Mayor James, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/home/showdocument?id=1065.

To contact the City of West Palm Beach, please dial (561) 822-1200 (TTY: 800-955-8771). For information about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: http://www.wpb.org

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Tim Byrd's Get Up & Go Show gets mentioned in LinkedIn !

IN THE MAY SPOTLIGHT

 

We enjoy Spotlighting individuals who are making a difference. It is my pleasure to introduce you to some truly amazing people!

 

Tim Byrd ?A favorite associate for 20+yrs, Tim has an extensive career in the radio/TV/media industry and is commonly referred to as Tim Byrd “The Byrdman." Publisher & Host of Palm Beach Live Work Play, you can hear Tim if you're an early riser on True Oldies 95.9/106.9 and he does amazing commercial voice over work.

 

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/LinkedIn-Tips--Free-Webinars--Celebrations-.html?soid=1113533254011&aid=rD6tVryH-Oc

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The City of Palm Beach Gardens Unemployed Residents Relief Fund

The City of Palm Beach Gardens is assisting residents who have experienced employment issues caused by COVID-19 through the Unemployed Residents Relief Fund. This program will provide a one­time, $250 Publix gift card to a limited number of residents to off-set daily living costs

 

https://www.pbgfl.com/1065/Unemployed-Resident-Relief-Fund

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Palm Beach County to begin reopening Monday: Can your business open?

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-120, including Palm Beach County in phase one of his Plan for Florida's Recovery which will allow some businesses to reopen Monday.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-to-begin-reopening-monday-can-your-business-open/32424613

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Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County opens social distant summer camp

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. —

The Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County has teamed up with the City of Port St. Lucie to turn the MIDFLORIDA Event Center into a unique summer camp for over 200 children, youth and teens.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/boys-and-girls-club-of-st-lucie-county-opens-social-distant-summer-camp/32427590

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Wet Mother's Day ahead.....

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Restaurant owners celebrate as Governor announces they can reopen

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

The kitchen was busy inside the Avocado Grill in West Palm Beach Friday afternoon as they prepared takeout orders for the dinner crowd.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/restaurant-owners-celebrate-as-governor-announces-they-can-reopen/32421968

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Palm Beach County to begin phase one of reopening on Monday

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

In a press conference Friday afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Palm Beach County can begin phase one of the reopening process.

DeSantis said that Palm Beach County had seen a positive downward trend with positive COVID-19 cases

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-to-begin-phase-one-of-reopening-on-monday/32418323

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Another example of 'The Simpsons' predicting the future

"The Simpsons" have continued their streak of being our pop culture Nostradamus.

Fox's long-running animated series — actually the longest running in history — has an episode from 1993 which appears to foreshadow 2020 with the pandemic and "murder hornets."

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/another-example-of-the-simpsons-predicting-future/32416399?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Entertainment%20Tues%20Fri%202020-05-08&utm_term=wpbf_news_entertainment

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County residents react after mayor sends letter to Gov. DeSantis

PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Palm Beach County officials sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis asking to be reconsidered for phase one of the state's reopening plan.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/county-residents-react-after-mayor-sends-letter-to-gov-desantis/32410465

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Stuart's main downtown street will remain open to traffic as restaurants reopen

STUART, Fla. —

After polling businesses on Osceola St. to see if they favored closing the main downtown road for expanded dining, City Manager David Dyess said most were against it

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/stuarts-main-downtown-street-will-remain-open-to-traffic-as-restaurants-reopen/32388147

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Palm Beach County Commissioners to meet and discuss reopening beaches

Commissioners will be holding a special meeting on Friday about possibly reopening beaches

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-commissioners-to-meet-and-discuss-reopening-beaches/32389452

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PBC commissioner is hopeful governor will allow county to move to phase 1

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. —

Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche said he is hopeful the governor will allow Palm Beach County to move into phase one, which would mean reopening restaurants like The Cooper but only at 25% capacity

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/pbc-commissioner-is-hopeful-governor-will-allow-county-to-move-to-phase-1/32383773

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211 has activated its disaster website to provide current information on COVID-19

 

 

If you are in need of assistance during this time, contact 2-1-1 by visiting their website, dialing 2-1-1, or texting your zip code to 898211

 

https://211palmbeach.org/coronavirus

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National Nurses Week discounts and freebies frontline medical workers can snag

A medical worker poses for a portrait outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic on May 3, 2020 in New York City. 

SOURCE: Noam Galai

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/national-nurses-week-discounts-and-freebies-frontline-medical-workers-can-snag/32365857

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Treasure Coast business owners, residents get ready for partial reopening

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. —

Martin County residents and business owners are gearing up for the partial reopening of the Treasure Coast.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/treasure-coast-business-owners-residents-get-ready-for-partial-reopening/32358255

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Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula Passes

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula passed away Monday morning, according to the Miami Dolphins

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/former-miami-dolphins-head-coach-don-shula-dies/32364266

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Tree of Life Resource Center hosting major drive-thru food distribution event at Dreher Park

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

The Tree of Life Resource Center will be hosting a free, drive-thru community food distribution event on May 5 in West Palm Beach.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/tree-of-life-resource-center-hosting-major-drive-thru-food-distribution-event-at-dreher-park/32352651

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Nearly 35,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; Death toll climbs to 1,314

According to the Department of Health, there were 34,728 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Friday. At least 1,314 Florida residents have died from COVID-19

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/nearly-35000-cases-of-covid-19-in-florida-death-toll-climbs-to-1314/32344395

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Governor says Florida state parks will reopen on Monday

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that Florida state parks will be reopening on Monday.

DeSantis said the parks are being opened as part of phase one of his plan to reopen Florida.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/florida-state-parks-reopening/32345164

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