With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, August 27 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.
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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, Superintendents in South Florida now considering the reopening of schools, Jamaica’s political parties end physical campaigns and Retired sprinter Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID-19.
Now for the news in the detail
Public school superintendents in Miami-Dade and Broward counties said on Tuesday that they are both considering reopening school buildings sooner than previously thought. The timing of the decisions, they said, will reflect a reduction trend in coronavirus testing positivity rates in each district. Miami-Dade is on its 8th day of reporting a testing positivity rate below 10% while Broward has had two weeks of rates being below 10%. Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said that the school board is confident they will be able to move the reopening of schools to the middle of September at the latest, while Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie said that if the downward trend continues, Broward schools will reopen sometime this fall. He said the timing will require a positivity rate of 3% to 5% for 14 consecutive days.
Also in Local News, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced on that he will allow for the easing of some safety measures in the county, as the COVID-19 cases continue to decline. As of next week Monday, indoor dining will be allowed once again at restaurants, but there will be a 50% capacity. The capacity limits also include a requirement that no more than six people be allowed to sit in each table. Gimenez also said face mask requirements will continue inside and outside of restaurants and officers will also be encouraging restaurants to always keep the air conditioner running and open windows to increase air circulation. Additionally, the county’s public beaches will not be closed during Labor Day weekend next month, unlike what happened during the fourth of July weekend.
Now for Caribbean News, Jamaica’s two main political parties, The Jamaica Labour Party and the People’s National Party have suspended physical campaigning as COVID-19 cases spike on the island. From Thursday, August 20 to Monday, August, 24- a four day period, Jamaica saw an increase of 420 COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths. In the last two weeks, the island’s active cases has more than doubled, moving from 213 on August 10 to 705 active cases on August 24. The spike has been blamed on parties and other large gatherings, including motorcades and political rallies. Residents at home and abroad have suggested that if the COVID-19 cases continue to trend upwards, the government should consider postponing the elections. The Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, Earl Jarrett, said he has heard the concerns and is today expected to make a decision on whether to advise the Government to postpone the September 3 polls.
In the meantime, Retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after celebrating his 34th birthday. The legendary sprinter, who turned 34 on August 21, said he took a COVID-19 test on Saturday. The test returned positive on Sunday. Over the weekend, Bolt had celebrated his birthday with a massive party in Kingston. The birthday bash was attended by international Jamaican football stars Raheem Sterling and Leon Bailey, cricketer Chris Gayle, reggae singer Christopher Martin, dancehall artiste Ding Dong, among others. Residents had expressed concern over Bolt’s party after videos of the bash surfaced on social media, showing no masks being worn and no social distancing. It is not clear if anyone at the party was sanitized upon entry. The Jamaican sprinter said he has isolated himself and is not showing any signs of the virus. It is not yet known if Bolt had spread the virus to his 4-month old daughter, Olympia Bolt. Bolt said he has instructed everyone who had been at the party to get tested and self-isolate.
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