National Guard plans flyover of Orlando area hospitals
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Florida National Guard's 125th Fighter Wing will fly over Orlando to honor health care workers and first reponders for doing their part in the battle against the coronavirus. The flyover is expected to begin around 11:35 a.m. Wednesday and should last about 15 minutes. The two F-15Cs will pass over a number of hospitals in the area. The National Guard is urging people to view the planes from their homes or workplaces and not to travel to see them. They also urge people to practice social distancing. The unit is from Jacksonville.
TEENS RUNS OVER DAD
Teen learning to park truck runs over dad, killing him
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old girl accidentally drove over her father as he was teaching her to park the vehicle. The man died at the scene on Tuesday evening. Tarpon Springs police told news outlets the 46-year-old man had gotten out of the truck to let the girl park it by herself. She “unintentionally" hit the accelerator while the truck was still in drive. It lunged forward over a curb and hit the man before striking a tree. When police arrived at the Tarpon Springs park, the girl was tending to her father. Their names haven't been released.
POLICE CHASE-FATAL CRASH
2 suspects fleeing police crash into car, killing woman
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police in Orlando say a car carrying two men suspected in a fatal shooting in Daytona Beach crashed into a car while fleeing police and killed a woman. Orlando's police chief says the car was driving recklessly Tuesday as it fled officers. They had tried to disable it with stop sticks but the car got around them. The woman, who was in her 70s, died in the crash. The Florida Highway Patrol says multiple charges are pending against the men. Authorities say the men were involved in a fatal shooting in Daytona Beach on Monday night.
1 injured in boat crash off Star Island near Miami Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says one person was injured when two boats collided near Star Island off Miami Beach. The crash happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Officials say one person was thrown from the boat during the crash. He was located in the water by divers from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. They took him to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was in serious condition. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the crash. No additional details were immediately available.
Florida's 2 biggest counties preparing to reopen
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's two largest and hardest-ht counties are making plans to reopen from the coronavirus economic shutdown. Miami-Dade and Broward counties are hoping to begin reopening Monday, joining the rest of the counties that began last week. The current Miami-Dade and Broward plan would mirror the rest of the state. Restaurants and retailers would have to keep crowds to 25% of capacity. Schools and youth activities, theaters and sports venues would remain closed. Nursing home and hospital visitations would still be prohibited. Florida has had nearly 42,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,779 confirmed deaths from the disease since the first cases were reported in early March.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-FLORIDA-ER DROPS
Florida ER visits plummet, virus scares patients from care
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Emergency room visits have dropped by almost 50% across Florida since the pandemic began and hospital officials are warning that patients suffering from heart attacks and strokes are delaying or refusing care because they are afraid of hospitals. In Broward County, twice as many people were already dead by the time first responders arrived in April, compared to a year earlier. UF Health Jacksonville recently started public service announcements assuring residents it’s safe to seek treatment after ER visits recently dropped 40%. Broward Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joshua Lenchus says “People are waiting to come to the hospital until it’s too late and then they die.”
VIRUS OUTBREAK-FOSTER CARE
Pandemic piles new pressures on foster children, caretakers
NEW YORK (AP) — Foster children have enormous challenges even in the best of times. The coronavirus pandemic has threatened to throw them into even greater turmoil. The social restrictions imposed to control the virus's spread have isolated them from adult supervisors and friends and made it harder to move on to new lives — either with biological or adoptive families, or as newly independent adults. Advocates are working hard to keep them connected with support networks and ensure they have stable places to stay. Federal officials and the American Bar Association, meanwhile, are urging that technology be used to process cases while courthouses remain closed.
PREGNANT MANATEE RESCUED
Injured manatee rescued in Florida gives birth at SeaWorld
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Crews from multiple agencies worked together to rescue an injured pregnant manatee over the weekend. The manatee was taken to SeaWorld in Orlando, where it gave birth to a calf on Tuesday. The mother and baby are being monitored. Calls came in regarding a distressed manatee on Saturday and a biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and a Sarasota police officer responded. They were later assisted by others in getting the manatee onto a boat. It was taken to SeaWorld in a transport truck. Officials say the baby is healthy and the mother is being treated for her injuries.
Limited reopening for Universal's entertainment district
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After being shuttered for almost two months, Universal Orlando plans to allow the reopening of some restaurants and shops on a limited basis in the theme park resort’s entertainment district this week. Company officials say about a half-dozen restaurants and eateries, as well as two retail shops and some merchandise carts, will reopen at Universal Orlando Citywalk on Thursday. It's a sign of the baby steps Orlando’s theme parks are taking to get back to business after they closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Next week, Walt Disney World will allow some third-party shops and restaurants in its Disney Springs entertainment district to reopen.
Man charged with starting 343-acre Florida wildfire