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Pinellas County’s COVID-19 case count was up to 21,964 on Sept. 26 with Florida Department of Health adding 119 more to the total. Two more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 744.

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Florida’s restaurants are the biggest beneficiary of the new order that allows them to open at full capacity. In addition, DeSantis will be issuing an executive order that requires local governments to allow restaurants to operate at a minimum of 50% capacity. Restrictions that reduce operating capacity below 100% must be justified.

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Plato Academy Palm Harbor, a charter school, has reopened after a brief shutdown after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

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Pinellas County’s COVID-19 case count grew by 81 on Sept. 23, bringing the total to 21,701. Florida Department of Health also reported that seven more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 736.

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LARGO — With the first month of school having passed, nearly 100 Pinellas County Schools students and staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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When Nancy Velardi met with Pinellas County School officials last week, she hoped an agreement about the controversial practice of simultaneous teaching could be reached. She left disappointed. “We did not see eye-to-eye,” said Velardi, who is president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association.

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Florida Department of Health continues to report an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County, adding 81 more on Sept. 19 to bring the count to 21,440. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 721.

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For the second consecutive day, Florida Department of Health reported more than 100 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County, adding 105 on Sept. 18 to bring the count to 21,359. Five more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 720.

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For the first time since Sept. 11, Florida Department of Health reported more than 100 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County, adding 102 on Sept. 17 to bring the count to 21,254. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 715.

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CLEARWATER — After listening to about three hours of public comment for and against the local state of emergency and an ordinance requiring facial coverings in indoor places, Pinellas County commissioners unanimously approved extending orders they say protect the public’s health until Sept. 25.

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Florida Department of Health added 71 new COVID-19 cases to Pinellas County’s total on Sept. 16, bringing the count to 21,152. Four more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 714.

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For the first time in nearly three weeks, Florida Department of Health reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas on Sept. 11. The count grew by 140 to total, 20,795. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 698.

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CLEARWATER — Despite an organized effort on Sept. 10 by about 20 members of the public opposed to Pinellas County’s ordinance that requires wearing of facial coverings in indoor places, commissioners unanimously approved extending the local state of emergency until Sept. 18.

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Florida Department of Health reported on Sept. 9 that 15 more Pinellas County residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 693. Another 62 COVID-19 cases were added to the tally, bringing the count to 20,588.

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"These teachers are being expected to do multiple teachers jobs, be tech support, the janitor, mask police and more," said parent Amanda Loeffler. "The expectations put on them is just ridiculous. It's creating an unsafe, unhealthy and inequitable learning environment and work environment."

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Florida Department of Health added 70 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas on Sunday and 49 on Monday, bringing the count to 20,474. Two more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus. DOH reported one new death on Sept. 6 and one on Sept. 7, upping the death toll to 673.

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Pinellas County Schools on Tuesday reported that eight more employees and three more students tested positive for COVID-19 between Saturday and Monday. Since the first day of school, four teachers have retired, 18 have resigned and 36 have taken a leave of absence, according to the school district.

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Florida Department of Health reported 75 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Sunday and 41 on Monday, bringing the count to 19,929. No deaths were reported on Aug. 30 but DOH announced on Aug. 31 that eight more residents had died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 658.

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