TIMELINE: Coronavirus - Saturday, May 23

USSSA baseball held its baseball tourney in Brevard County and smaller theme parks have begun to reopen across Orange County.

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USSSA baseball held its baseball tourney in Brevard County and smaller theme parks have begun to reopen across Orange County.

6:44 p.m. update

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Crowds gather to watch United States Specialty Sports Association’s baseball tourney in Brevard County

Crowds gathered to watch and participate in the United States Specialty Sports Association’s baseball tourney in Viera Beach.

Sixty-nine teams, with players ages 9 to 14 participated.

Nearly 1,500 people went to the event. Usually, the venue can fit about 11,000 people.

Officials said concessions are closed and the games are staggered due to the coronavirus.

The NBA is talking to Disney about holding its games at ESPN's Wide World of Sports.

4:04 p.m. update

Orange County health officials opening COVID-19 testing site at Mid Florida Tech

Orange County leaders are opening a COVID-19 testing site at Mid Florida Tech.

Testing will be available Tuesday through Thursday.

Individuals must have an appointment.


New Smyrna Beach ramps closed

2:30 p.m. update

New Smyrna Beach police said all beach ramps are closed and at capacity.

Off-beach parking lots are full and there are high levels of traffic congestion, officials said.


Record-breaking unemployment in Florida

1:30 p.m. update

Florida's unemployment rate reached a record high in April of almost 13%, tripling in one month as the economic slowdown from the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Data released Friday shows Florida's unemployment rate skyrocketed to 12.9% in April from 4.3% in March and from 2.8% in February, before the pandemic caused a state and nationwide closure of many businesses.

About 1.2 million Floridians had lost their jobs out of a workforce of 10 million when this survey was conducted in mid-April, a number that has continued to climb into May.


42 more COVID-19 deaths, 676 new cases statewide

11:55 a.m. update

Florida health officials reported 676 additional coronavirus cases in the state since Friday and 42 more deaths.

The total number of cases in the state is now at 50,127, with 2,232 deaths.

Of the latest deaths reported, one was in Orange County.

Marion and Flagler counties reported no new cases since Thursday.

See the latest case numbers broken down by county below, and click here for an interactive map of cases statewide:

• Orange: 1,768 (1,744 Friday)

• Polk: 853 (840 Friday)

• Volusia: 655 (640 Friday)

• Osceola: 648 (644 Friday)

• Seminole: 454 (449 Friday)

• Brevard: 389 (380 Friday)

• Lake: 271 (266 Friday)

• Sumter: 253 (252 Friday)

• Marion: 233 (no change since Thursday)

• Flagler: 173 (no change since Thursday)

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Gatorland reopens to the public

9:55 a.m. update

Gatorland reopened to the public Saturday morning for the first time since closing March 18 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The park said it received approval to reopen after presenting a safety plan to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

Demings reviewed the plan and endorsed Gatorland’s request, which was submitted to and approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Safety and cleanliness of Gatorland have always been our guiding values, and we cannot wait to see guests walking through our historic gator mouth once again,” said Mark McHugh, the park’s president and CEO.

The park will operate at a reduced capacity and social distancing guidelines are now in place. More than 100 hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers also have been added.


Memorial Day weekend travel

7:55 a.m. update

The Sunshine State faces an uncertain start to summer with some areas hoping for brisk business over Memorial Day weekend while high-profile South Florida beaches remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Florida officials would welcome any boost to the struggling tourism industry, and the weekend historically signifies the start of a vacation season that brings families from throughout the U.S. to state’s beaches and theme parks.

But the state -- and much of the rest of the country -- is only beginning to reemerge from several weeks of quarantining.

Miami Beach and other beaches in the county remain closed, and officials there aren’t expecting crowds.


DeLand city commission describes COVID-19 diagnosis

6:45 a.m. update

DeLand City Commissioner Jessica Davis said she is being treated for COVID-19.

“My body wasn’t recovering as fast as I thought it should be at this point from the diagnosis of bronchitis and pneumonia I received,” she said in a Facebook post. "So I listened to my intuition and went back to see a doctor for the third time, and this time my COVID-19 test came back positive.”

Davis said people should listen to their bodies when something doesn't feel right.

“I will remain in quarantine at the hospital and then at home once released,” she said. “My household has tested negative. To God be the Glory.”


Summer camps, youth activities can reopen

5:45 a.m. update

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a news conference in Jacksonville that summer camps and youth activities can open without restrictions.

On Friday, he said local organizations and governments can set rules and guidelines, and the state won’t preempt those rules.

He said Florida has had no fatalities of people under the age of 25.

As of Friday, there have been more than 49,000 cases diagnosed in Florida, with 2,190 deaths.

The median age of people infected is 54 years old, according to state statistics.

Meanwhile, Miami Beach city commissioners agreed Friday to reopen beaches and hotels beginning June 1.

Click here to read a full recap of Friday’s developments, and click here to watch live, in-depth coverage of Florida’s reopening on Channel 9 Eyewitness News.

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