It’s primary day, and coronavirus has already thrown a monkey wrench into the system. Most of the volunteers who help the elections office at the precincts are seniors, and a lot won’t be showing up to help with the primary — but officials insist precincts are safe.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state is creating a $50 million fund for short-term, zero-interest loans to small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus.
— Say goodbye to Saint Patrick's Day parades in Florida this year, and spring break will be a lot different.
— Florida’s Department of Health just hired 100 new epidemiologists to help deal with the virus, with 100 nurses on standby if the state decides to set up a mobile field hospital for the victims.
— Officials in Broward County are trying to figure out what’s next, now that their county is the new epicenter of Florida’s coronavirus outbreak.
— The chair of the Broward County legislative delegation talks about coronavirus, and the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections discusses the presidential primary amid a pandemic.
— Florida unemployment rate dropped again in January It’s now tied the record low. But that was before coronavirus.
— Two Florida Men are making news in the political world, neither for anything good.