MAY 7, 2020

Twenty-two of our neighbors have been pronounced dead in the last 24 hours. As of May 7th, 2020, there have been a total of 454 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):

Total number of hospitalizations: 1,920

Total number of deaths: 454

New cases in the past 24 hours:

New deaths in the past 24 hours: 22


Miami-Dade residents are in a fight to change county law and require sick leave for employees of private companies. These employees function as security guards at Miami International Airport and Miami-Dade’s transit system, along with workers for contractors across county government. Now during the coronavirus pandemic, their argument has only strengthened.

Later this week, commissioners will get to vote on whether to kill new legislation that requires contractors to provide at least 7 days of sick leave pay a year but only applying to new contracts of companies larger than 15 employees. In a press conference headed by the SEIU this week, workers shared their grievances in feeling compelled to turn up to work while sick when they don’t have the option to call out.

“When coupled with health threats such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presenteeism poses the potential for grave public health consequences,” a report from the auditor’s office of the County Commission said. “In light of the current pandemic, paid sick leave has come to the forefront of national concern given that many employees without paid sick leave cannot afford to stay home when sick, increasing the likelihood of contagion.”