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May 29, 2020

This Monday marks the start of the six-month long Atlantic Hurricane Season. With COVID-19, that means health care providers are preparing to respond to two emergencies at once. The situation is forcing providers to make tough decisions about which emergency is more pressing: a natural disaster or a pandemic? Amarica Rafenelli with the aid group Direct Relief has that story.

With the impending start of hurricane season, forecasters expect above-average activity between now and December. Also above average, the difficulty of potentially juggling the demands of the need to evacuate and the need to shelter-in-place as we hear from WMFE’s Amy Green.

People going to get tested for the novel coronavirus could come away with more than just a diagnosis. They might get a bill, too. This despite the federal goverment’s effort to make COVID-19 testing and treatment free for insured and uninsured patients. So why are some people still being charged? Lynn Hatter looked into it.

Relations between Governor Ron DeSantis and State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried were already simmering. Then came this week’s Cabinet meeting and the tension only escalated. The two clashed during Thursday’s meeting. Fried is the only statewide elected Democrat and as Steve Bousquet reports, she’s been critical of the State’s COVID-19 response.

Florida’s general revenue collections for April missed expectations by almost 900-million dollars, thanks to the pandemic shutting down businesses and tourism. Now a government watchdog group is pushing ideas to recoup that money as Gina Jordan reports.

As new graduates prepare to enter the workforce, some are finding their plans flipped upside down, courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic. As companies brace for the economic downturn and unemployment rates climb nationwide, some graduates are struggling to find jobs in their chosen field. Others question if this could be a repeat of the hurdles that faced those who graduated during the Great Recession. But Robbie Gaffney reports it might be too soon to draw comparisons between the two time periods.