Tuesday’s Coronavirus Updates: Bars to close for 30 days; students to learn from home until April 15

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As of Wednesday morning, there are 216 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. This number includes 21 cases of non-Florida residents diagnosed in the state. There are seven total deaths in Florida.

One person has died in Manatee County who tested positive for COVID-19, FDOH confirmed Tuesday.

In Southwest Florida, there are 15 total cases, with one in Charlotte County, seven in Lee County and seven in Collier County.

The most recent COVID-19 case in Lee County, announced Tuesday morning, is currently being cared for at Gulf Coast Medical Center, according to Lee Health.


Macy’s, Inc. announced the closure of all of its stores nationwide starting at closing time Tuesday through March 31. This includes all Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet and Market by Macy’s stores.

Sephora also announced the closure of all of its stores beginning Tuesday through April 3.

Nordstrom announced on Monday that they’d be closing all of its stores beginning Tuesday for two weeks.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced all Florida bars and clubs will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed for 30 days.

Restaurants are limited to 50% capacity. Seating needs to be staggered by at least six feet and take-out must be encouraged. Restaurants should also screen employees, DeSantis said.

As recommended by the governor, starting Tuesday, remote instruction will continue through the end of the spring semester at each state university and students who can return home should return home. Though not required at this time, state universities should consider using remote instruction for the early summer terms.


All K-12 schools will remain physically closed to students until April 15, and students will do independent learning online until that time.


Lee Collier and Charlotte counties have all declared a state or local emergency.


County commissioners plan to close libraries, recreation centers, dog parks and little league activity at the end of the day Tuesday. However, Lee County parks including beaches and conservation 20/20 lands will stay open.


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