Florida’s toll from COVID-19 continues to climb. The Department of Health is reporting 15,698 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 323 fatalities. Twenty-seven more Floridians died over the past day.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The Army Corps of Engineers is converting the Miami Beach Convention Center into a field hospital for 450 patients; state officials say they hope they don’t have to use it.
— More complaints about Florida’s unemployment compensation system is leading U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist and Kathy Castor to call on Gov. Ron DeSantis to increase the size of the checks and the number of weeks of eligibility.
— Coronavirus is blowing up the state budget and no one knows for sure how much it will cost the state. So, some Democrats who serve in the Legislature are wondering how the governor can go ahead with plans to send more than $500 million in tax rebates to the biggest corporations in the country.
— COVID-19 is having a disproportionate effect on African American communities, so State Rep. Shevrin Jones discusses how he is asking the Governor to increase testing in black communities.
— What’s new with Florida Man? This time, he went to jail for having a Penthouse magazine.