There’s good news to share on the COVID-19 crisis. Florida is reporting almost 4,200 new cases of coronavirus for Monday — the lowest since June 23.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The Florida Department of Health also reported Monday another 91 fatalities from COVID-19, raising the death toll to 8, 408. Almost half those deaths — more than 4,000 — were in the past 30 days.
— Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing some tough questions after the Hillsborough County School Board voted to start the school year with remote learning only, holding off on reopening classrooms for another month. The state responded by threatening to withhold money and DeSantis claims kids are safer in school than they are at home.
— And even as they threaten to withhold funding, the Governor and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran insist they are giving local schools all the flexibility they need … on the condition that they reopen.
— As Congress and the President try to figure out the next move on a new COVID-19 stimulus bill, 200,000 Floridians are still waiting for the first check to arrive. Americans who are married to — or are the children of — undocumented immigrants didn’t get that $1,200 payment that helped the rest of us cope with the crisis.
— A conversation with activist Rep. Anna Eskamani. The Orlando Democrat has been a thorn in the side of the Florida GOP, now she’s going after three of her fellow Democrats in the Florida House.
— Checking-in with Florida Man, who is accused of attacking his Lyft driver because he didn’t like the plastic shield in his car designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.