A look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 22 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

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To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Coming up in the newscast, Governor Ron DeSantis appoints special committee to reopen businesses in the state, COVID-19 spreads throughout South Florida’s senior living facilities, and Jamaica’s borders closed until May 31st.

Now for the news in the detail

Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis is considering reopening businesses in the state very soon and has appointed a special committee to come up with ways to do so. Appointed on the committee are several Disney executives and county leaders including Broward’s Mayor Dale Holness. The committee will meet this week and make their recommendations on Friday as to which businesses can be reopened in the coming weeks. The appointment of the committee comes just days after Governor DeSantis controversially announced that beaches in the state could reopen. Other states in the U. S., namely Texas and Georgia, both announced this week that they have reopened for business.

In the meantime, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties have reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in its senior care facilities. A list published by Governor DeSantis shows all the elderly-care facilities in Florida that have confirmed cases of the coronavirus. A total of 303 facilities were listed. While the number of cases per facility was not provided, they were labelled by county. Miami-Dade County has the highest number of 54, followed by Broward County and Palm Beach County with 39 each. In total, there have been 1,785 cases of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, resulting in 175 deaths as of Sunday. To view the complete list of facilities, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com

In Caribbean News, one month after Barbados health officials revealed that the United States had blocked shipments of their COVID-19 test kits, the country is reporting a shortage of equipment. Barbados health minister recently revealed that the country is facing a shortage of COVID-19 testing swabs which have affected the island’s testing operations. However, he has sought to assure residents that supplies of swabs were expected “within a week”, and once they arrived, health teams would be able to increase the number of tests done daily. As of April 21, Barbados had 75 COVID-19 cases including 5 deaths.

In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the island’s borders will remain closed to incoming passengers until May 31. The announcement is as a result of the island entering the first stage of community spread of the coronavirus. Holness said that the government will soon announce plans for a controlled re-entry of Jamaicans stuck overseas but advised that all those who enter the island will have to be tested and quarantined. As of April 21, Jamaica had over 220 confirmed cases of COVID-19, representing a tripling of the number of cases the island reported last week.

For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.

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