Florida sets another record for COVID-19 fatalities, with 191 additional deaths Tuesday — 186 were residents of Florida. Five were from out-of-state. The disease has now claimed at least 6,240 lives in Florida.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Two hours after those numbers were released, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion with doctors in Orlando to talk about what a great job everyone is doing in fighting the disease. This time, the Governor actually acknowledged the rising death toll.
— But DeSantis doesn’t like to dwell on death; he spent most of the time at this roundtable prompting the doctors to say good things about where we are now. They talked about stabilizing, plateauing, and increased survivability.
— The Governor also talked about his finding some way to allow family to visit residents of nursing homes, closed to the public since mid-March. He was also asked about extending the moratorium on evictions, which is due to expire at the end of the month.
— Just what we need during a pandemic — a tropical system brewing in the eastern Caribbean. The first forecast tracks from the National Hurricane Center show it hitting south Florida as a tropical storm on Sunday.
— Florida’s premier NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer is filing suit against four people over nasty emails sent to her after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
— Checking in with the Department of Economic Opportunity, best known as the agency that “screwed the pooch” on unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis. They’ve got $80 million from the feds to help communities deal with coronavirus. Let’s hope they do a better job than they did with unemployment checks.
— And the latest with Florida Man: The clueless doctor edition.