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A sign reading "Still Open" hangs outside of a restaurant.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An executive order signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis loosens the criteria for restaurant employees with coronavirus to return to work.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, holds up a graph concerning COVID-19 cases in Florida as he speaks about opening businesses.
John Raoux / Associated Press

A Jacksonville-based data scientist says the way Florida presents COVID-19 data to the public is misleading, and he worries it’s being done deliberately to help support efforts to reopen the state.

A "social distance zone" sign in a Neptune Beach neighborhood.
David Luckin / WJCT News

Florida law allows the state Surgeon General to enforce the isolation or quarantine of individuals believed to pose a threat to public health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State public health officials are warning everyone who swims in Florida’s lakes and rivers this summer to be aware of the potential danger from a rare amoeba that attacks the brain.

The Naegleria Fowleri amoeba enters the body through the nose and can cause what’s called Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis.  Death typically follows five days after infection.

To protect yourself against this deadly parasite, the Florida Department of Health recommends not playing around in bodies of warm freshwater or hot springs.