Treasure Coast Covid 19 update May 22 2020
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for an unprecedented Memorial Day weekend.
The unofficial start of summer comes with added safety challenges as people want to get out of the house and celebrate in the mix of COVID-19 related rules and restrictions.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is stepping up staffing and spreading out resources to make sure celebrations do not get out of hand in areas like beaches, sandbars, and restaurants.
Sheriff William Snyder says Memorial Day is a busy weekend for law enforcement any year, but the COVID-19 pandemic will make for more challenges.
“The restaurant owners, they know the law, they know the regulations, they know the rules,” Snyder said.
His deputies will also be keeping a close eye on beaches and sandbars.
Sandbars are closed to the south, so he anticipates busy waterways in Martin County. Six boats from Martin County, Stuart Police, and Jupiter will be on the water.
25 extra deputies will be on beaches.
He is urging people to follow the rules on their own so law enforcement does not have to step in.
Florida’s coronavirus death toll is up to two-thousand-144. Another 48 deaths were reported yesterday.
Closed since the pandemic began, Universal Orlando Resort is planning to reopen its theme parks to the public on June 5th.
Universal Chief Administrative Officer John Sprouls says temperatures will be taken and everyone- theme park workers and guests must wear masks. The plan was given unanimous approval by Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force, but still needs to be approved by the county’s Mayor and the governor’s office.
Florida has more than 390,000 unemployment claims that can’t be processed.
Some of them are duplicates, while others have errors or lack crucial info like identity verification. ID verification makes up a hefty portion of the backlog, state officials claim.
Currently, if authentication of identity is needed, applicants must get in contact with one of the state’s 6,000 call operators. That hasn’t been easy for some to do.
As unemployment continues to rise, many may run into tax trouble.
Some don’t realize unemployment income is taxable!
The Florida agency responsible for overseeing unemployment claims said a data breach affected some applicants for reemployment assistance.
According to a statement Thursday from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, residents impacted by a “data security incident” have been notified.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity spokeswoman Paige Landrum said the issue was addressed within an hour after becoming aware of the incident. She said the agency, “in an abundance of caution,” was making identity protection services available to affected individuals “at no charge” to them and “advised them to report any unauthorized activity on their financial accounts.”
“At this time, we have not received any reports of malicious activity,” she added.
Landrum didn’t say how many people were affected by the breach.
After learning of the data breach, state Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, sent a letter to Florida Department of Management Services Secretary Jonathan Satter questioning the transparency of the DEO for failing to disclose this information on its website.
The agency has already come under fire for its failures to handle the volume of unemployed Floridians seeking assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus outbreaks in meat plants continue to plague the nation’s meat industry, as another outbreak struck a Tyson Meats plant in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
On Wednesday, Tyson announced that 570 of its 2,244 employees and contractors tested positive for COVID-19. The tests were taken from May 6 through 9.
Tyson said that the majority of those who tested positive did not show symptoms at the time of the test, and otherwise would not have been identified as COVID-19 positive.
The tests were part of an effort to improve safety procedures at meat plants nationwide. A number of meat plants closed last month due to localized outbreaks of the virus.
The outbreaks prompted President Donald Trump to issue an executive order to keep meat plants open amid the spread of the virus, provided resources for operators to protect employees while absolving the plants from liability for staying open.
The meat plant closures prompted a disruption in the meat supply, resulting in a number of grocery stores throughout the US to limit meat purchases.
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