Here’s what to know in South Florida on June 29

Debora Carley

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day. Miami Seaquarium says it’s closing again because of Florida’s coronavirus increase 12:10 p.m.: After a week of being open, the Miami Seaquarium is closing again Monday […]

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Miami Seaquarium says it’s closing again because of Florida’s coronavirus increase

12:10 p.m.: After a week of being open, the Miami Seaquarium is closing again Monday because of the increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida, according to the attraction’s management.

The Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne, reopened at limited capacity on June 20 after being closed for more than three months because of the COVID-pandemic. But its reopening was short lived.

Read the full story here.

Miami-Dade coronavirus total surpasses 35,000. Florida reports 5,266 additional cases

12:05 p.m.: Florida’s Department of Health on Monday confirmed 5,266 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 146,341. Of those new cases, 1,508 were in Miami-Dade County, pushing the county to hit and surpass 35,000 for a total of 35,222 confirmed cases.

There were also 28 new deaths announced statewide, raising the death toll to 3,447.

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COVID-19 Cases in Florida

Miami-based boutique distillery switched from vodka to hand sanitizer

Dianelys Perez fills plastic bottles with EZ Hand Sanitizer at the production facility inside of the Cosmetic Corp Lab in Medley where the final product is made and assembled. Cosmetic Corp. partnered with Toast Distillers, Inc. to use Toast’s alcohol to create hand sanitzer products. Due to the coronavirus pandemic Toast distillers began distributing the product to help meet the global demand for hand sanitizers both at the government level as well as the local level.
Dianelys Perez fills plastic bottles with EZ Hand Sanitizer at the production facility inside of the Cosmetic Corp Lab in Medley where the final product is made and assembled. Cosmetic Corp. partnered with Toast Distillers, Inc. to use Toast’s alcohol to create hand sanitzer products. Due to the coronavirus pandemic Toast distillers began distributing the product to help meet the global demand for hand sanitizers both at the government level as well as the local level.

11:40 a.m.:

Toast Distillers’ signature product was premium vodka. But when unemployment increased and medical supplies became scarce nationwide, Toast switched formulas to solve both problems.

The company hired 15 new employees as it shifted production from spirits to hand sanitizer, said founder and CEO Dieuveny “DJ” Jean Louis. The “EZ Hand Sanitizer” is created in a partnership with the Cosmetic Corporation of America, Inc. and Veritas Farms, Inc.., which sells its products in Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid.

“When the whole pandemic happened, we saw a window of opportunity,” he said.

The company is now creating regular, liquid, lotion and spray hand sanitizer.

Read the full story here.

Leaders shut off the Florida Keys to visitors for weeks. Now, COVID-19 cases are rising

Employees of Irish Kevin’s bar in Key West wear face masks on June 1, 2020, the day the Florida Keys officially reopened to tourists.
Employees of Irish Kevin’s bar in Key West wear face masks on June 1, 2020, the day the Florida Keys officially reopened to tourists.

11:20 a.m.: Three weeks ago, the Florida Keys had an empty feeling.

Shops were shut. Restaurants had a few locals. And two checkpoints blocked tourists from entering the island chain.

The COVID-19 rate also was low. With visitors shut out, Keys leaders hoped the virus would be, too.

Fast-forward to now, and many tourists are back. They’re spreading out on the beaches, filling the restaurants — at least to the new limited capacity — and strolling Duval Street.

The coronavirus numbers are up, too.

Two weeks ago, the Keys started seeing a spike in coronavirus cases, after months of a new case here and there. The region wasn’t spared deaths, with four since the pandemic started, but the impact was nothing like the rest of South Florida.

Are the visitors causing the uptick in COVID-19 cases?

Public health experts say it’s possible but it’s not the only reason.

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Zoo Miami employees in quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus

11:10 a.m.: Four Zoo Miami employees are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 this past week, zoo officials announced Sunday.

The zoo, which reopened on June 1, says only one of the four employees had direct contact with guests and that all of them wore face masks and followed social distancing procedures. One of the employees also interacted with some of the animals.

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FREE FOOD GIVEAWAYS IN MIAMI-DADE

10:45 a.m.: There are more than a dozen drive-thru food giveaways happening in Miami-Dade County Monday to help those in need during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Everyone is required to wear a mask or face covering (a fabric that covers your mouth and nose) and must stay in their car at all times. Make sure you have room in your trunk, that’s where the volunteers will be putting your meals to promote social-distancing.

Here are some of the places you can visit Monday:

Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St. — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

North Shore Park & Youth center, 501 72nd St. in Miami Beach — By appointment only. Register online at www.miamibeachfl.gov/food/

El Futuro de America Community, 830 E 1st Avenue in Hialeah — 9 a.m. to noon

Buccaneer Park, 3100 NW 207th St. in Miami Gardens — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drive is open to families with children.

To see the full list, visit https://www.miamidade.gov/information/library/2020-06-27-food-distribution.pdf

CATCH UP TO START THE DAY

10:40 a.m.: Here are the coronavirus headlines to catch you up on what’s happening around South Florida and the state as Monday begins.

Broward County joins Miami-Dade in closing beaches for Fourth of July holiday weekend

Florida adds another 8,530 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Miami-Dade hits single-day high

Fort Lauderdale shuts down restaurants for violating COVID-19 re-opening regulations

Socializing by younger Floridians is fueling increase in coronavirus cases, DeSantis says

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