Florida’s Department of Health is reporting a spike of COVID-19 cases. Nevertheless, that did not stop Gov. Ron DeSantis from announcing most of Florida is about to enter Phase Two of the recovery.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— There were more than 1,300 new confirmed cases of coronavirus Wednesday — the largest one-day increase since mid-April. Thirty-six more deaths were reported, bringing the latest total to 2,650 fatalities in the Sunshine State.
— More violence reported across the state in protests of police brutality, while DeSantis thanks peaceful demonstrators and saying rioting will not be tolerated. He’s also sending 500 soldiers from the Florida National Guard to help provide security in and around Washington D.C.
— Florida politicians are lining up to denounce the cops who killed Floyd George. DeSantis calls it murder. Same with Sen. Marco Rubio, who says it’s time to deal with America’s racial problem.
— The United Faculty of Florida releases its plan for the safe reopening of state colleges and universities. They believe masks should be required whenever students are indoors.
— Now that hurricane season is underway, disaster planners are facing a trifecta of misery: hurricanes, pandemic, and racial unrest. It’s forcing them to rewrite the rules for responding to a storm.
— Checking in with Florida Man, a sheriff that supports peaceful protests, but is “highly recommending” people shoot any looter who tries to break into their homes.