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BLOG: Coronavirus updates from Friday, May 8

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Posted at 6:11 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 04:43:36-04

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, May 8. For today's updates, visit www.abcactionnews.com/virus. Don't forget we are in this together!


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  • As of May 7, about 495,000 Floridians have received unemployment benefits, according to DEO.

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  • 87 veterans have died at a Massachusetts nursing home.

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  • Apple is planning to reopen some stores next week.

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  • One more Hillsborough County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died. This brings the number of deaths to 37.

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  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) announces it will reopen to the public again on Friday, May 15, after being closed for 60 days.

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  • Bars and restaurants in Alabama will be allowed to reopen Monday as long as it follows social distancing guidelines.

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  • A member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff tests positive for coronavirus.

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  • The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through May 15 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Sarasota County opening Humphris Park and the South Jetty point, Jetty Jack’s concessions at the South Jetty, and the Venice Fishing Pier on Monday, May 11. Social distancing guidelines must be followed.

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  • Sarasota County opening dog parks Monday, May 11 at 6 a.m.
  • Sarasota County opening Turtle Beach Campground Monday, May 18 at 50% occupancy.

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  • China, South Korea see new virus cases as world lockdowns ease.
  • Portugal PM laments international fight for medical equipment during outbreak.
  • Chancellor of Austria won't play the “blame game” about responsibility for spread of virus.

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  • TSA to require employees to wear 'facial protection' at screening checkpoints.

Important updates from Thursday, May 7

Important updates from Wednesday, May 6

Important updates from Tuesday, May 5

  • Florida Aquarium will re-open on Friday, May 15 with strict limits on attendance and programming and is implementing new standard operating procedures and enhanced health and safety measures to safeguard guests, staff, and animals. Tickets must be reserved in advance starting on May 7 here.
  • Three more Hillsborough County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. This brings the number of deaths to 32.
  • WestShore Plaza reopening on Friday with limited hours.
  • To view more updates, click here.

Important updates from Monday, May 4


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