South Florida Not Included In Governor’s Plan To Reopen Florida

TALLAHASSEE —Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida will start lifting stay-at-home orders starting Monday. In a plan he’s labeling, “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step,” DeSantis said Wednesday that the state will take a “very slow and methodical approach” to reopening in order to convince the public it’s safe. The orders won’t apply to…

A Staggering Toll: 30 Million Have Filed For Unemployment

Updated at 8:38 a.m. ET The telephone lines are still jammed at the nation’s unemployment offices. Another 3.8 million people filed claims for jobless benefits last week, according to the Labor Department . While that’s down from the previous week’s 4.4 million, a staggering 30.3 million have applied for unemployment in…

Virus Outbreak Poses Political Challenge For Republican In Key Senate Race

In what could be one of the closest Senate races this fall, the coronavirus pandemic has scrambled some of the usual political lines. North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who’s facing re-election to a second term, has found himself on the same side as the state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper (who’s…

A Next-Generation Coronavirus Test Raises Hopes And Concerns

States clamoring for coronavirus tests in recent weeks have been talking about two different types. First, there’s a PCR test that detects the virus’ genetic material, so can confirm an active infection. And then there’s an antibody test, which looks at the body’s reaction to that infection, so is useful in…

Civilian Mariners Say Strict Navy Coronavirus Restrictions Are Unfair

The Navy has ordered members of its Military Sealift Command — a group of civilian mariners who supply military vessels around the world — to stay on their ships in an effort to prevent outbreaks of the coronavirus. A “gangway up” order enforcing the lock-down was issued on March 21. But…

Tell Us: What Will Your New ‘Normal’ Look Like?

After weeks of stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, many states are looking at loosening restrictions and allowing some businesses, beaches and other places to reopen. If your state reopens, are you planning to resume your old routine? Will you go back to work, socialize with friends, eat at a restaurant, or allow…

South Korea Reports No New Domestic Coronavirus Cases

South Korea, which waged an early battle against COVID-19 after the disease emerged from China, said on Thursday that it had no new domestic cases for the first time since a surge nearly ten weeks ago. The country experienced its first case on Jan. 20, but didn’t see infections ramp up…