Florida governor doesn't want cruise ship to dock in state
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he misspoke when he said he expects South Florida to be locked down for six more weeks. He said later Monday that he expects the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area to on lockdown until at least April 15, not May 15. He also said he doesn't want a cruise ship where four people died and others are sick to offload passengers for treatment. He says Florida can't treat outsiders right now. The cruise line says the passengers on board include 304 Americans. Speaking at a news conference, DeSantis said Holland America should send doctors to treat passengers on board.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-FLORIDA CHURCH
Pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials arrested a megachurch pastor after detectives said he held two Sunday services with hundreds in attendance and violated a safer-at-home order because of the coronavirus. Jail records show Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself into authorities Monday afternoon in Hernando County, where he lives. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says he told church leaders of the danger they are putting themselves and their congregation in by not maintaining appropriate social distancing. The county and governor’s orders require gatherings be fewer than 10 people to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. A live stream of Sunday's three-and-a-half-hour church service showed scores of congregants.
Tampa Bay Times changes print schedule, announces furloughs
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One of Florida's largest newspapers announced that it would temporarily change its print frequency to two days a week. The Tampa Bay Times based in St. Petersburg said Monday it will deliver newspapers to homes on Wednesdays and Sundays, the paper's largest circulation days. Times chairman and chief executive Paul Tash said the change is in response to the coronavirus crisis. He said businesses are cancelling retail and event-related advertising, and the paper earns the majority of its revenue through print ads. The paper will continue to post stories on its website and through its digital replica of the print paper. A news release said the Times will also enact eight-week furloughs for some staffers.
Sheriff: Man sprayed business with bottle labeled COVID-19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 50-year-old Florida man sprayed the contents from a bottle labeled COVID-19 around the door of a Jacksonville business. David Randolph White was arrested Sunday on a charge of attempted or threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction. Witnesses told investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that the man sprayed the substance and made comments to employees and patrons that they were now infected with COVID-19. In a Facebook post, the agency said a task force quickly identified White and he was questioned and arrested. The business quickly sanitized the area.
Gov. DeSantis, wife Casey announce birth of baby Mamie
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey are the proud parents of a baby girl named Mamie. The couple made the announcement Monday morning on Twitter. First Lady Casey DeSantis tweeted that Mamie was the smallest of their babies at 7 pounds, 4 ounces. She joins the other DeSantis children, Madison and Mason in the governor's mansion. The tweets didn't say when the baby was born, but the governor said Casey and the children are all doing well.
ABC's Karl calls Rubio's tweet on media outrageous, hurtful
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl is calling on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to apologize for a tweet condemning the media. Karl is head of the White House Correspondents' Association, and he said Monday that Rubio's tweet was outrageous and hurtful. Rubio had tweeted that some in the media “can’t contain their glee and delight” at the news that the United States had surpassed China in the number of coronavirus cases. Karl says Rubio should make clear who he was talking about, and the senator has not done so. The Florida Republican also suggested the Chinese have lied about the number of coronavirus cases in that country.
Officers rescue woman who crashed car into Florida canal
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff deputies in Florida jumped into a canal to pull a woman out of her car where she was sinking after a crash. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says the elderly woman was trapped in her car, which was slowly submerging into the water in a neighborhood in Boca Raton, Florida. Two sheriff deputies got in the water and pulled the woman out. Images of the incident show a red car almost fully submerged and a woman sitting on the banks of the canal after the rescue. The sheriff's office did not say what caused the crash
Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier
NEW YORK (AP) — Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers have walked off the job to demand greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders. The one-day strikes likely had a limited impact on consumers, but the unrest called attention to mounting discontent among low-wage workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic, serving the needs of those who can keep safe working from home. Whole Worker, a workers group for Whole Foods employees, is calling for a nationwide “sick out” on Wednesday.
CORONAVIRUS THREAT ARREST
Florida sheriff: Man coughs on deputy, says he has virus
STUART, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man is facing charges that he threatened and assaulted an officer after he coughed on a deputy and said he had the coronavirus. The Martin County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that 23-year-old Christian Perez was initially stopped for reckless driving when he claimed to have the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Sheriff William Snyder said such behavior would not be tolerated. Authorities said Perez was arrested and also faces charges of driving under the influence and driving without a license. The sheriff's office didn't say whether the man in fact was infected with the virus.
Authorities: Mom charged after leaving child in hot car