Florida’s Department of Health reports 21,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 571 fatalities. Seventy-two of your fellow Floridians died over the past 24 hours.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The teacher’s union is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis NOT to reopen schools in May, saying the potential damage to families and entire communities from an outbreak of COVID-19 far outweighs the inconvenience of continuing distance learning for the rest of the school year.
— There are more than 1,100 confirmed cases of coronavirus at Florida nursing homes and adult living facilities. The Agency for Health Care Administration is still refusing to disclose the names of those homes, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has confirmed 12 cases of COVID 19 — and one fatality — at a state-run nursing home for veterans in Pembroke Pines.
— Attorneys for the state ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a special master’s report that says Florida never proved its case in the water war with Georgia. They say it could be the death knell for the Apalachicola River and the oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay.
— For the first time ever, the Florida Supreme Court will hold oral arguments using video teleconferencing technology. Instead of gathering at their ornate courtroom across the street from The Capitol, the justices and the lawyers will connect through Zoom, the teleconferencing software that has replaced face-to-face meetings during the COVID 19 pandemic. Craig Waters, the Supreme Court’s public information officer, will discuss the new developments.
— Checking in with Florida Man, who is apparently a wrasslin’ fan.