BLOG: Coronavirus updates from Thursday, March 26

Posted at 5:04 AM, Mar 26, 2020

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 Thursday, March 26. For today's updates, visit Don't forget we are in this together!

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  • Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried released a statement saying Gov. DeSantis needs to issue a stay-at-home order for all state residents.

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4:49 PM

  • Pasco County Schools will expand the number of student feeding sites from 7 to 25 starting Tuesday, March 31. Locations have not been released.

4:26 PM

  • Citrus County Government announces the Lecanto Government Building is temporarily closed to the public beginning Friday, March 27, 2020.

4:04 PM

  • Stocks surge again on Wall Street after Senate passes coronavirus aid bill, bringing S&P 500 index up 17% since Monday.

3:22 PM

  • Italy reports 6,153 new coronavirus infections, taking global total over 500,000.

3:16 PM

  • The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed from May to Aug. 23.

2:59 PM

  • DOH Sarasota announces drive-thru specimen collection For COVID-19. The site, located at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning Friday, March 27. To make an appointment, call (941) 861-2883.

2:30 PM

  • St. Pete Grand Prix expected to be rescheduled for 2020. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date when announced

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11:54 AM

  • No more appointments will be made for the drive-through test site at Raymond James Stadium until further notice due to the limited number of test kits available. The Hillsborough County call center has made appointments for 900 residents since opening lines this week for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

11:24 AM

  • According to the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, a 69-year-old Hillsborough County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 passed away at home on March 25. This is the first person to die in the county while diagnosed with COVID-19.

11:00 AM

  • There are now 2,355 positive COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths reported in Florida. Of those cases, 2,235 are Florida residents and 120 are non-Florida residents.

10:50 AM

  • Four Tampa General Hospital employees test positive for coronavirs. TGH says the employees were both clinical and non clinical and were exposed thru community spread or travel.

10:00 AM

  • A student from USF Tampa who had been traveling abroad tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to the U.S. This student, who has not been on campus this semester, is self-isolating in another state and will continue to be monitored by health officials.
  • An employee in USF Innovative Education on the Tampa campus has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is being monitored by health officials, following guidance established by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The employee has not been on campus since March 13.

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  • Worldwide infections from the coronavirus are soaring toward half a million people as health care systems struggle to keep up.

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  • US deaths top 1,000 as $2.2 trillion in virus aid approved.

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