The magnitude of the economic devastation being wrought by the coronavirus pandemic was laid bare on Thursday when the U.S. government reported an unprecedented surge in the number of people seeking jobless benefits.
Coronavirus: Broward County issues ‘shelter in place’ order
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward County is urging its residents to remain at home and only leave for essential reasons, which include food, work and exercise that complies with social distancing guidelines.
Broward’s “Shelter-in-Place: Safer at Home” emergency order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus is similar to what several municipalities in South Florida had enacted, and it builds on the order earlier this week that closed non-essential businesses in Broward.
It begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday in Broward’s 31 cities.
“Broward County needs to be a leader and to send a clear message to the public,” Commissioner Mark Bogen said. “The goal is to urge people to stay home.”
Essential activities that remain allowed include:
- Going to work or to a medical appointment
- Getting groceries or takeout
- Exercising outdoors (following the CDC’s social distance guidelines)
- And leaving home in the event of an emergency
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MIAMI – The coronavirus pandemic is leading many companies to downsize, but there is hope for those who have been laid off.
“I think, many times, businesses look at their employees as a cost center to be minimized, when they should be looking at them as the only appreciating asset that they have,” said Mason Jackson with CareerSource Broward. “If you let them go, chances are, you’ll actually increase the recovery time as you try to hire and retrain new employees.”
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Broward County is closing all non-essential retail and commercial businesses in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The closure will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 23.
The Emergency Order goes into detail about which retail and commercial businesses are considered essential, and directed to remain open. They include, but are not limited to, healthcare providers and equipment suppliers, doctor’s offices and urgent care centers, mental health professionals, home health care service providers, grocery stores and pharmacies, businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and other necessities for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, banks, gas stations and media.
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — A federally supported coronavirus testing facility is expected to open Monday in the parking lot of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, according to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
During a news conference Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, DeSantis said more mobile testing sites are coming online including the one at Hard Rock Stadium. Another will open at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Wednesday and a third at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville opened on Saturday.
It was another ugly day for US stocks. The Dow recorded its worst one-day point drop in history and its worst performance on a percentage basis since October 19, 1987, also known as “Black Monday.”
Stocks fell to session lows in the final hour of trading, as President Donald Trump said the outbreak could last until July or August. The Dow dropped more than 3,000 points at its worst.
- The S&P 500 finished down nearly 12%.
- The Dow closed 2,997 points, or 12.9%, lower.
- The Nasdaq Composite ended down 12.3%.
HALLANDALE BEACH (CBSMiami) – In an abundance of caution over the coronavirus, the Casino at Gulfstream Park is temporarily closing.
According to Gulfstream Park, the casino’s door will shut at 10 p.m. Monday and remain closed until further notice.
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing facilities will be set up
The Florida National Guard has called up all of it’s medical professionals to form Task Force – Medical. Our #Soldiers and #Airmen are supporting the @HealthyFla Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Broward County. #COVID19#FloridaFirst #RightReadyRelelvant pic.twitter.com/ldtfpKUv4j
— FloridaNationalGuard (@FLGuard) March 15, 2020