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TIMELINE: Coronavirus - Sunday, April 26

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DeSantis to speak in Tampa tomorrow

11 p.m. update

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will be speaking at Tampa General Hospital at 11:30 a.m. Monday.


Gov. Ron DeSantis discusses plan on reopening state

10:40 p.m. update

The state unemployment website is set to be back online Monday morning.

It was shut down over the weekend to speed up processing claims.

As of Friday, 80% were still unpaid.

“I’m less concerned about a specific date than I am about getting it right,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Getting empty workplaces humming with people again won’t be instantaneous.

“It’s not turning on a light switch and all of a sudden we’re back to Feb. 1,” DeSantis said.

There is a lot we are doing now that business will have to maintain.

“Make sure every employee before they come into work self-screens, not just self-screens for the most common symptoms, but for all of those rare symptoms,” said Dr. Jamal Hakim.

That’s a growing list that now includes fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, nasal congestion, a loss of smell or taste, gastrointestinal symptoms, unsteadiness and general weakness.

Doctors at Orlando Health formed a task force aimed at training and educating companies on how to educate their employees about things like how to take off a mask, something many don’t do correctly because they were never taught how.

Continuing social distancing will be part of the state’s phase one restart.

On Saturday, DeSantis made it clear that movie theaters, sports arenas and bars will not reopen right away.

While theme park workers and many more will be out of work even longer, DeSantis acknowledged the unemployment system he called “designed to fail” has to do a better job of processing claims.

“It’s required a lot of 24/7 technical work to be able to get. So, this weekend they’re working hard to process things that have been held up,” DeSantis said.

It also includes getting the federal $600 to supplement Florida’s low benefit of $275 a week out as quickly as possible.


Gov. DeSantis says his goal is to test 10,000 individuals per day by summer

9:14 p.m. update

Gov. Ron DeSantis said his goal is to be able to test 10,000 individuals per day.

Officials said to date, Florida has tested more than 300,000 individuals, which is about one for every 64 people.


Volusia County releases backup graduation rehearsals and ceremonies for high school students

6:30 p.m. update

Volusia County released its backup graduation rehearsals and ceremonies for high schools beginning July 6 and ending July 11.

Leaders said admission will be $3 per person and parking will be $5 for ceremonies at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center.

Officials said tickets will be pre-sold by each of the high schools.

Below is a list of the districts backup graduation rehearsals and ceremonies:

July 6 rehearsals:

  • Taylor High School - 7:30 a.m.
  • DeLand High School - 10:00 a.m.
  • Mainland High School - 12:30 p.m.
  • Seabreeze High School - 3:00 p.m.

July 7 rehearsals:

  • Atlantic High School - 7:30 a.m.
  • Spruce Creek High School - 10:00 a.m.
  • New Smyrna High School - 12:30 p.m.

July 8 rehearsals:

  • Pine Ridge High School - 7:30 a.m.
  • Deltona High School - 10:00 a.m.
  • University High School - 12:30 p.m.

July 9 graduations:

  • Taylor High School - 8:30 a.m.
  • DeLand High School - 12:30 p.m.
  • Mainland High School - 4:30 p.m.
  • Seabreeze High School - 7:30 p.m.

July 9 graduations:

  • Taylor High School - 8:30 a.m.
  • DeLand High School - 12:30 p.m.
  • Mainland High School - 4:30 p.m.
  • Seabreeze High School - 7:30 p.m.

July 10 graduations:

  • Atlantic High School - 8:30 a.m.
  • Spruce Creek - 12:30 p.m.
  • New Smyrna - 4:30 p.m.

July 11 graduations:

  • Pine Ridge High School - 8:30 a.m.
  • Deltona High School - 12:30 p.m.
  • University High School - 4:30 p.m.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer talks about wearing face coverings

5:15 p.m.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he has been receiving compliments and criticism about his face coverings.

“The bottom line is this: wearing a face covering can prevent the spread of the virus, so if you’re heading to a place like the grocery story, where physical distancing may be hard to maintain, wear one,” he tweeted.


DeSantis says COVID-19 numbers are falling in Central Florida

3 p.m. update

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said COVID-19 numbers are falling in Central Florida.

He said that during a live news conference at Orlando Health.

Watch the full news conference below:


DeSantis gives live update in Orlando

1:15 p.m. update

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is at Orlando Health, giving a live update on the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Click here to watch the news conference live.

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2 new Volusia County COVID-19 deaths

11:20 a.m. update

The Florida Department of Health reported 19 coronavirus-related deaths and 689 new cases statewide since Saturday.

Volusia County reported two deaths overnight, bringing the county’s death toll to 17.

Officials said the total number of cases in Florida has reached 31,528 and the death toll now stands at 1,074.

Read: Coronavirus: Where COVID-19 testing is available in Central Florida

Of the positive cases, 30,680 Florida residents and 848 involve nonresidents.

Officials said 4,957 people have been hospitalized.

Osceola County has reported no new cases since Saturday.

Click here to see a map of positive cases in Florida, and see a county-by-county breakdown of cases below:

INTERACTIVE MAP: Coronavirus cases in Florida

• Orange: 1,322 (1,304 Saturday)

• Osceola: 463 (No new cases since Saturday)

• Volusia: 434 (432 Saturday)

• Polk: 410 (400 Saturday)

• Seminole: 357 (351 Saturday)

• Brevard: 252 (250 Saturday)

• Lake: 222 (221 Saturday)

• Sumter: 171 (169 Saturday)

• Marion: 151 (150 Saturday)

• Flagler: 121 (116 Saturday)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will give a live update about COVID-19 in the state at Orlando Health at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Tampa mayor pens apology letter to Tom Brady after park ejection

7:25 a.m. update

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is poking fun at last week’s attention-grabbing incident involving NFL superstar Tom Brady.

Tampa didn’t exactly give Brady the best of welcomes when he was ejected from a downtown park while working out last Monday.

Read: Tom Brady tossed out of Tampa recreation park by city worker

Brady, 42, had been having some difficulty finding a place to work out due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter posted on social media, the mayor apologized “for the miscommunication,” saying her previous law enforcement background prompted her to “investigate the sighting of a G.O.A.T running wild in one of our beautiful city parks.”

Read: Gronk to Bucs: Patriots trade Rob Gronkowski to Tampa Bay

Brady is considered by some as the NFL’s “greatest of all time.”

Brady recently left the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


DeSantis to speak at Orlando Health on Sunday

5:45 a.m. update

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will give a live update about COVID-19 in the state at Orlando Health at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Channel 9 will be at the news conference. Bookmark this link to watch it live once it begins or download the free WFTV news app.

Read: TIMELINE: Coronavirus - Saturday, April 25

Click here to watch live, in-depth coverage of the pandemic on Channel 9 Eyewitness News.

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Jason Kelly

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Jason Kelly joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2014. He serves as the station's Digital Executive Producer.