MAY 3, 2020
Two of our neighbors have been pronounced dead in the last 24 hours. As of May 3rd, 2020, there have been a total of 369 deaths due to coronavirus across Miami-Dade County. May those who have fallen to the pandemic rest in peace.
Total number of cases (Miami-Dade County): 12,775
Total number of hospitalizations: 1,650
Total number of deaths: 369
New cases in the past 24 hours: 143
New deaths in the past 24 hours: 2
Greetings my fellow Miami-Dade neighbors,
The coronavirus pandemic followed in its path of destruction for another day, continuing a growth in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths throughout the local and national level. The total number of cases within the United States grew to 364,885 today, with a total of 10,859 deaths. In Miami-Dade County, there were 265 new cases as of April 5th, suggesting a decline in the growth rate of new cases within our community. However, Miami still has 4,626 cases of coronavirus with 283 hospitalizations and 41 deaths.
These numbers present an increasingly dire situation for South Florida residents, one that will most likely get worse before improving. In times like these it is important to really llook towards helping all members of our community, regardless of their circumstance. There are those that are particularly vulnerable to the virus, such as inmates within the Miami-Dade jail system and individuals held in ICE detention centers, that deserve to not be treated as expendable.
Yesterday a new federal lawsuit was brought against the Miami-Dade Corrections Department in hopes of providing members of these systems the proper treatment and facilities required for a chance at survival. In times of great uncertainty, it is more important than ever to nurture the fundamental aspect of humanity, community and cooperation.
This is our daily update for today, April 7, 2020. Let’s hope tomorrow brings better news.
ON THIS DAY
Today, about 40 protesters rallied outside the Freedom Tower to ask South Florida government officials to lift coronavirus restrictions, allow businesses to reopen, and allow guests in natural areas and parks. They waved American flags and bore signs that read slogans like “facts over fear” and “our constitutional rights are essential.”
One protester, Chris Nelson, said “The rest of Florida went to CDC phase 1 but Miami and Broward and Palm Beach Counties have been held back and we were wondering why because we flattened the curve, the cases are down, the testing is up.”
He adds the protest is to send a message to Mayor Gimenez and County Commissioners on reopening South Florida now.