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Florida Cases Top 11,500; El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Dies From COVID-19; NWSL Extends Training Moratorium; WrestleMania In An Empty Arena; : Your Coronavirus Update For 4/4

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Florida case data is updated at approximately 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily.

Update: 6:25 p.m.

Florida cases top 11,500, death toll nears 200

Florida cases continue to climb, with 11,545 positive cases now reported in the state. 195 people have died from COVID-19. 1,470 people have been admitted to hospital.

Orange County has the most cases in Central Florida, with 657 cases. 87 people have been hospitalized and 8 people have died from COVID-19.

Hover over the map for the latest case numbers in other counties.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy dies from COVID-19

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy has died from COVID-19. 41 year old Jeff Hopkins had been with the sheriff’s office since 2001.

Earlier today the Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of a 39-year old deputy, Shannon Bennett, from COVID-19.

National Women’s Soccer League extends training moratorium

The National Women’s Soccer League has extended its training moratorium through May 5th.

In a statement, the league said it would work with its medical task force, government health authorities and ownership group to target a start to the season at the end of June.

The Orlando Pride plays at Exploria Stadium in downtown Orlando.

Update: 12.03 p.m.

Seminole County reports first coronavirus death

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Seminole County has reported its first coronavirus death. Seminole County has 167 coronavirus cases. 37 people have been hospitalized.

Florida adds 800 new coronavirus cases overnight

Florida’s coronavirus cases have climbed to 11,111, up from 10,268 on Friday night. 191 people have died and 1,386 people have been hospitalized.

Miami-Dade  continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic in Florida, with 3,667 positive cases, 236 hospitalizations and 30 deaths.

Orange County’s cases climbed to 631 overnight. 84 people have been hospitalized and eight people have died from COVID-19.

Sumter County, home of the Villages retirement community, now has 71 cases and 24 hospitalizations. Three people have died.

Lake County has 89 cases, 16 hospitalizations and two deaths.

Other Central Florida Counties:

  • Osceola- 207 cases
  • Brevard- 65 cases
  • Volusia- 129 cases
  • Polk- 138 cases
  • Marion- 39 cases

The biggest bad guy at WrestleMania is coronavirus

The Associated Press

While real sports have shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, WWE has pressed.

It is set to run this weekend its first WrestleMania in an empty arena. WWE stood firm that the show must go on and largely moved a card highlighted by stars Brock Lesnar and John Cena to its performance center in Orlando, Florida.

WWE also spread the card for the first time in WrestleMania history over Saturday and Sunday to make room for roughly 16 matches.

WWE executive and wrestler Paul Levesque says to his knowledge no performer has tested positive for the virus and the company has adhered to social gathering and CDC guidelines.

Miami-Dade to release 18 jail inmates because of coronavirus

The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Officials say Miami-Dade County is releasing 18 inmates early from its jail as a response to the new coronavirus.

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced an agreement Friday between her office, the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, an Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida judge and the head of the county jail.

Fernandez Rundle says they hope to reduce the chances that COVID-19 could spread among the officers, staff and inmates.

The jail will release the inmates within 48 hours if they have no other holds.

The Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department operates the eighth-largest jail system in the country, incarcerating more than 4,000 people on any given day.

Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy dies from coronavirus

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says one of its deputies has died due to COVID-19. Shannon Bennett had been a deputy with the sheriff’s office for 12 years.

Bennett was 39.

“It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce the passing of Deputy Shannon Bennett due to COVID-19,” BCSO announced in a post on their facebook page.

“I ask that you keep Shannon’s family members in your prayers, but keep Shannon within your heart. His legacy will be carried on in our performance,” said Sheriff Tony Gregory.

Broward County has 1,598 cases. 190 people have been hospitalized in Broward County and 22 people have died from COVID-19.

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About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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