After an extended absence, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees finally made an appearance at the Governor’s daily update on COVID-19.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Rivkees used to be a regular at these briefings, but this is the first time he’s shown up in a couple of weeks. The latest stats from the Department of Health show Florida has more than 21,000 confirmed cases and 499 fatalities from COVID-19 — including 38 deaths in the past 24 hours
— Gov. Ron DeSantis and the DOH are still refusing to provide the names of all the nursing homes and adult living facilities that have cases of coronavirus, but they’re sending National Guard strike teams to those facilities to increase testing.
— A new report in the Miami Herald says Florida’s unemployment compensation system was doomed to fail because the computer system’s architecture was outdated when it was created in 2013, it was never updated, and has already reached the end of its operational life span.
— Scott Shalley of the Florida Retail Federation talks about a new effort by business leaders to provide a road map for getting back to work — called RESET: Restore Economic Strength through Employment & Tourism. Translation: “Get your butts back to work.”
— And the latest from Florida Man, who beat the crap out of a fellow inmate when he asked for a courtesy flush.