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BLOG: Coronavirus updates from Friday, April 17

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Posted at 5:01 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 08:56:44-04

FLORIDA – ABC Action News is committed to providing Tampa Bay area residents all of the updates on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and the impact it's having on our way of life. To help you stay on top of it all, we've compiled all the updates for Friday, April 17. For today's updates, visit www.abcactionnews.com/virus. Don't forget we are in this together!


10:17 PM

  • A Pasco County firefighter left AdventHealth in Dade City after eight days of recovering from COVID-19.

9:26 PM

8:10 PM

  • An employee at the Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19

7:16 PM

  • President Donald Trump is urging his supporters to “LIBERATE” three states led by Democratic governors, in effect encouraging protests against the stay-at-home restrictions to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

6:30 PM

  • President Trump directed USDA to craft $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of the food supply chain and to ensure Americans continue to receive and have access to food they need.

5:36 PM

  • Department of Health reports 24,753 positive COVID-19 cases, the death toll is at 726

5:18 PM

  • Manatee County extends curfew until at least Tuesday.

4:00 PM

3:45 PM

  • Former Manatee County Commissioner Dr. Gwen Brown dies after battle with coronavirus. She served the county from 1994 to 2010.

3:24 PM

  • Sarasota extends citywide public health emergency to April 24

3:05 PM

  • More than 1,000 crew members of a French aircraft carrier and its escort ships have tested positive for COVID-19.

2:43 PM

  • Hillsborough County urges the public to wear face covering "in community settings." They clarified the recommendation saying "Medical grade masks are not needed for the general public" and that a simple cloth face coverings should get the job done.

2:27 PM

  • A New York state survey details the deadly toll the coronavirus had on nursing homes, with 19 facilities reporting 20 or more deaths.

1:30 PM

  • San Diego's Comic-Con has been canceled due to the pandemic

1:20 PM

  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Venice, FL recently donated meals to more than 200 healthcare providers and essential workers.

12:49 PM

  • Tyson Foods says four of its poultry workers in Georgia have died after becoming infected by the coronavirus.

12:25 PM

  • New York state report reveals deep COVID-19 crisis at nursing homes: 19 have each had at least 20 deaths

10:54 AM

  • DOH reports 779 new positive cases in Florida and 18 new deaths.
  • Total cases: 24,119
  • Total deaths: 686
  • Total tests: 236,503
  • Total hospitalizations: 3,507
  • U.S. recoveries: 56,257 according to Johns Hopkins.

10:45 AM

  • Britain’s virus death toll reaches 14,500.

9:34 AM

7:39 AM

5:00 AM

  • Illinois has its deadliest day yet.
  • Michael Cohen released from prison early.

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