FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Florida introduced Saturday that it has requested the federal authorities for permission to proceed serving free and reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches to 2 million low-income kids whereas faculties are closed due to the brand new coronavirus.
The announcement got here shortly after the state’s recognized and confirmed an infection whole jumped by greater than a 3rd and now exceeds 60 as testing expands and outcomes change into accessible.
State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried mentioned she expects the U.S. Division of Agriculture to approve the state’s program by Sunday. Florida’s 4,500 public faculties might be closed by way of no less than March 30.
The state’s 67 countywide college districts will every resolve whether or not to take part in this system. Due to suggestions that individuals not congregate in giant teams, some districts may select to let kids choose up their meals in school and take them residence or could even drop meals off close to their properties utilizing buses. Districts that may may give college students as much as every week’s price of meals directly to reduce contact.
Fried mentioned it is vital that this system proceed whereas faculties are closed as a result of “for a lot of (kids), these meals are the one meals they’ll depend on.”
For most individuals, the brand new coronavirus causes solely delicate or average signs, reminiscent of fever and cough. For some, particularly older adults and other people with current well being issues, it will probably trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia.
The overwhelming majority of individuals get well from the brand new virus. In keeping with the World Well being Group, individuals with delicate sickness get well in about two weeks, whereas these with extra extreme sickness could take three to 6 weeks to get well. The virus has contaminated greater than 145,000 individuals worldwide. Greater than 5,400 have died.
A few third of Florida’s 64 recognized instances of the brand new coronavirus have been in Broward County, in line with the state well being division, whereas neighboring Miami-Dade County has seen eight instances together with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. He examined optimistic after being in the identical room with the Brazilian president’s press secretary, who check optimistic after additionally being in shut proximity to President Donald Trump on the president’s Mar-a-Lago property. Suarez has proven no signs Two individuals have died in Florida.
There have been about 500 unfavorable check outcomes statewide and greater than 350 individuals are being monitored.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has banned all nursing residence visits in Broward, is asking different properties to display guests and is activating the Nationwide Guard in sure components of the state. The state can also be buying 625,000 testing kits. Most in-person courtroom proceedings have been suspended for 2 weeks, though judges can select to conduct some by video or telephone the place legally allowed.
Publix, the state’s largest grocery retailer chain, introduced that it could shut its shops each day at eight p.m. — three hours early for many. The corporate mentioned that may give its workers extra time to completely clear shops and restock cabinets.
Walt Disney World, Common Orlando Resort, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have all introduced they are going to be closed beginning Monday. Disney mentioned it should preserve its inns and its Disney Springs buying space open, nevertheless. All main cruise ship traces have additionally suspended operations.
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