Florida’s death toll from COVID-19 is back in triple digits. The Department of Health reports 144 new fatalities and we’re closing in on 16,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed Florida is doing a better job protecting seniors in nursing homes than other states. But the AARP parsed the numbers, and they say Florida doesn’t measure up anymore.
— What makes it important is the more staffers who get sick, the better the chances of infecting residents at nursing homes.
— Team Donald Trump spends the day in Florida. While Trump was fundraising at Mar-a-Lago and doing a town hall in Miami, Vice President Mike Pence told Hispanics in Miami-Dade the choice is Trump or socialism.
— A South Florida Congresswoman says Hispanics in Miami-Dade are being targeted with disinformation, and the FBI is on the case.
— Sunrise chats with a state lawmaker who wants to name the Devil Crab as Florida’s official state crustacean. Technically, there’s no such thing, deviled crab is a deep-fried treat made with blue crab and Cuban bread.
— Sen. Janet Cruz says she’s doing this to try to lighten the mood during a very stressful time — and she’s expecting a fight from the stone crab lobby.
— And finally, a Florida Man who supports Donald Trump is accused of vandalizing a Trump campaign sign because he thought it makes the President look like a racist.