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5 Things To Know On Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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Posted at 5:52 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 05:52:01-04

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1. 75,000 coronavirus tests dumped by Quest Diagnostics in one day
Florida’s newly reported coronavirus cases spiked to 7,569 Tuesday, but nearly 4,000 of them were dumped into the system by Quest Diagnostics in one day.

Exactly six months after the first two coronavirus cases were announced by the state on March 1, the Health Department said 3,870 cases came from tests processed by Quest dating back to April, with the majority in mid-June to late July.

The state to severed all ties with the private lab.

75,000 coronavirus tests dumped by Quest Diagnostics in one day

2. Is it time for PBC to move to Phase 2? It's up to the governor now
In a 4-to-2 vote, Palm Beach County commissioners agreed to send a letter to Governor DeSantis requesting to make the move to Phase 2 in five steps.

Every county in Florida except for Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade county has entered Phase 2.

Facial coverings and social distancing will still be required, but more businesses and schools will be able to open in time. For more information on what Phase 2 would change, click the link above.

Plan is in place for the county to move forward with Phase Two

3. In even more coronavirus news: Florida set to resume visits to long-term care facilities
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday during a roundtable discussion he is set to approve a plan to resume visits to long-term care facilities for the first time since the spring.

Last week the state task force tabbed with reopening facilities to visitors sent a plan to DeSantis with guidelines for limited visitation.

Click here to read the full 14-page list of recommendations released by the task force to allow visits to long-term care facilities in Florida.

Florida set to resume visits to long-term care facilities

4. One last coronavirus thing: Fla. school districts posting COVID-19 case numbers, offering more transparency than state
A state report detailing hundreds of COVID-19 cases on campuses and daycare centers in August was abruptly taken down from the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

It remains unclear how many Florida students and teachers in total have been exposed to coronavirus since the start of the new school year.

More and more school districts are taking it upon themselves to post COVID-19 cases on campus, offering the public more transparency right now than Florida’s Department of Health.

More Fla. school districts posting COVID-19 case numbers, offering public more transparency than state

5. Army promises changes after 26 soldiers die in one year at Fort Hood
The U.S. Army has announced previously-scheduled leadership changes at Fort Hood as well as an investigation into the chain-of-command actions surrounding the case of Spc. Vanessa Guillen.

There are currently several investigations underway at Fort Hood. The Army says those investigations are tasked with reviewing a wide range of topics and concerns.

Fort Hood officials report 26 soldiers died this year in accidents, suicides, homicides, illness and pending cases; one addition soldier died in Iraq. So far this year they say five have died in a homicide

Death investigation underway after Fort Hood soldier found unresponsive near Stillhouse Hollow Lake

Today's Forecast
Highs in the low 90s, feels like temperatures in the triple digits. Lots of sunshine with low rain chances.

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On This Day In History
On Sept. 2, 1945, aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrenders to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II.

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