Coronavirus Update: Over 51,000 cases in Florida, high levels of virus in sewage and beaches reopening


Today is Tuesday, May 26, and Florida now has more than 51,000 coronavirus cases and 2,000 deaths. 7 News in Sydney, Australia reports that
human trials for a coronavirus vaccine have begun in Melbourne. The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that millions of infants are in danger of catching preventable diseases as the coronavirus interrupts the process of vaccination worldwide.

 

10 Tampa Bay reported on Sunday that researchers have discovered high concentrations of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade wastewater and are expressing concern over potential contamination of seawater at local beaches. Infectious disease expert Dr. Aileen Marty says that the virus will remain in the sewage systems as long as it circulates in our communities. Marty says that Florida has to improve its treatment of wastewater to assure that it isn’t contagious when it reaches the ocean.

NBC Miami reported on Tuesday that the Archdiocese of Miami is resuming public masses in Miami-Dade and Broward. Church-goers must wear masks and maintain social distance guidelines.

On Saturday Miami-Dade published a warning on their website against phishing and scams passing off as job termination notices and unemployment compensation. They urged residents not to give out personal or bank information amidst a rise in fraudulent and criminal activity.

According to a statement released on Sunday by the office of Mayor Carlos Gimenez, pools in private communities will be reopening along with beaches on June 1.


Broward County is reopening beaches, gyms and other public facilities and commercial lodging on Tuesday as part of phase one of its reopening plans. The County outlined the limitations on their
website.


Multimedia story of the day:
The Pew Research Center finds that more than eight-in-ten Americans believe the U.S. could learn valuable lessons from other countries about slowing the spread of coronavirus.

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Beatriz is a broadcast media major at Florida International University and is the managing editor for South Florida Media Network. She aspires to become a documentarian.

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