8/28/2020 6:34 p.m. EDT
Florida reported nearly 4,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday with 3,815 new cases, 88 new fatalities and 311 new hospitalizations.
A man accused of punching an elderly Publix shopper who made a social distancing comment has been taken into custody on a battery charge.
Infectious-diseases experts say the falling number of COVID-19 cases most likely reflects more mask-wearing but also insufficient testing.
Health care status
As of Friday evening, there were 4,007 patients currently hospitalized with coronavirus in Florida, according to the state Agency for Healthcare Administration. Also on Thursday, Florida reported 3,815 new COVID-19 cases and 88 new deaths.
Orange County varsity football players must either learn virtually or with their teammates if they want to play this fall, according to a new policy from the school district.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is cancelled this year due to the ongoing pandemic but Disney announced offer a fall festival until Oct. 31.
Businesses & facilities
The pandemic canceled many events in 2020, but Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining program begins Friday and hopes to offer a boost to businesses that suffered due to coronavirus fallout.
SunRail and Lynx remain operational as workers are thoroughly cleaning trains and buses during the pandemic. Service of the I-RIDE Trolley, which operates in Orlando’s tourist district, has been suspended indefinitely. Lynx announced that it will resume charging riders fares in September.
How to help
If you’d like to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a list of groups to which you can donate.
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