Florida’s spike in COVID-19 cases continues — seven days in a row with at least 1,000 new cases.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
Three state Senators are asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to help fight the spread of coronavirus by setting up a task force of medical experts who will target outbreaks with TTIS — testing, tracing and supported isolation. Sen. Janet Cruz will explain.
— Friday is the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell says this would be a good time for the U.S. Senate to get serious about background checks, but she knows they won’t.
— Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is asking DeSantis to talk about COVID-19 at the next meeting of the state Cabinet. Last time, he pretty much ignored that request, but this time he took action — by canceling the meeting.
— A panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal hears arguments in a dispute over tobacco company payments to the state. RJ Reynolds claims it’s no longer required to pay the state for the brands it no longer owns.
— Gwen Margolis, who spent 30 years in the state Legislature and was the first woman to serve as Senate President, died of natural causes at the age of 85.
— Checking in with a Florida Man who encouraged a 12-year-old girl to floor it when she drove his Jeep. Also, a Florida Woman danced without pants outside a Waffle House.