Something odd is happening to the Florida COVID-19 casualty reports. The Department of Health usually updates the numbers shortly after 11 a.m. … but Wednesday, the stats were delayed for six hours without explanation, except to say the state Surgeon General plans to make some changes in the way fatalities are reported.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— When the state finally released the numbers, the DOH recorded 105 new deaths and 2,145 new cases of COVID-19. The pandemic has also claimed 1,600 more jobs. That’s the number of employees laid off by an Orlando timeshare company.
— Congressman Charlie Crist is going to bat for union workers in Florida, including the Postal Service. The USPS has become a pawn in the presidential campaign and employees are fed up.
— Environment Florida is releasing a new report on the increased use of renewable energy. They say we’ve come a long way over the past decade.
— According to the report, Florida is a national leader in electric vehicles … but the Sunshine State lags in (of all things) solar energy.
— Sunrise speaks with civil justice protesters talking about the Governor’s proposal to crack down on demonstrations.
— And finally, two Florida Man stories that include flying squirrels and meat cleavers. Don’t worry, they didn’t use the cleavers on the squirrels.