11am update:  March 24th

  • 338 Cases in Miami-Dade County
  • 1,412 Cases in Florida

As of 11pm, on March 23rd, the Florida Department of Health was reporting 278 cases of Coronavirus in Miami-Dade County.  The good news is that we have had zero fatalities so far from COVID-19 in the county.

The State of Florida has 1,227 reported cases of Coronavirus with 17 deaths.  That puts the Florida fatality rate at 1.4%.

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CORONAVIRUS TESTING

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Hard Rock Stadium (Drive-thru Testing)
East Parking Lot – 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Who can get tested here:

  • Individuals, 65 years of age or older, who have COVID-19 symptoms
  • All first responders and healthcare workers, even without symptoms
  • You will not be permitted to exit your vehicle.
  • No bicycles or mopeds will be allowed.

Nurses will screen clients to determine their eligibility for testing. Those who do not meet the criteria will be turned away. Those tested will be instructed to wait 48 – 72 hours for notification of results from a health representative.

What to bring

  • If you meet these criteria, be sure to bring your ID. You must have it to be tested.
  • First responders and healthcare workers bring your agency ID

Things to consider

  • There are no bathrooms
  • Each person who needs testing must be seated next to a working window
  • All passengers must stay inside vehicles from arrival to departure
  • Try to limit the people in your vehicle to those needing testing
  • There may be significant wait times

Note: This is not a full list of COVID-19 testing locations. Check with your health care provider or the Miami-Dade County Department of Health for a more comprehensive list of testing sites. You can also call the Department of Health 24/7 COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121.

For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you may have COVID-19.

Additional Testing Options

LOST YOUR JOB / LAID OFF?

The Coronavirus quarantine and shut down of many businesses has created temporary displacement of thousands of South Floridians.  For help with unemployment, please visit: http://www.floridajobs.org/

SMALL BUSINESS HELP

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to apply.

Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

BLOOD SHORTAGE

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The Coronavirus has created a shortage in blood supply.  You can help save lives by giving blood. The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon. But please postpone your donation for 28 days following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea, or if you’ve been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. What to Know about Coronavirus and Our Enhanced Blood Donation Safety Protocols

Learn more at: https://www.redcross.org/

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