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COVID-19 | Orlando Accident & Injury Blog - Part 2

Freedom Square of Seminole Reports Highest Coronavirus Numbers in Florida

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on May 18, 2020

The latest reports from the Florida Health Department paint a grim picture in the ongoing battle that elder care facilities are facing in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. According to these shocking statistics, only 6% of the state’s 700 nursing homes and 3,100 assisted living facilities have been tested. The Freedom Square of Seminole in Pinellas County is currently suffering from one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks, with 24 of its residents having already succumbed to this deadly disease.

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Coronavirus Outbreaks Devastate Two Broward County Elder Care Facilities

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on May 17, 2020

Multiple states from around the nation, including Florida, have started the process of transitioning into the “new normal” admist the coronavirus pandemic by phasing in the reopening of beaches, restaurants, gyms, hair salons, and other recreational businesses. And while a majority of residents appear to be in agreement with this decision, many more are still struggling with whether or not this move is too soon for the Sunshine State’s elderly population.

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Congress Moves Forward with Carnival Cruise Line Coronavirus Investigation

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on May 14, 2020

In yet another serious setback for the already-frail and failing cruise ship industry, the United States Congress announced earlier this month that they have started an investigation into the Carnival Corporation & PLC, owner of the Princess-line of cruise ships, which has suffered an incredible amount of coronavirus cases since the outbreak began back in March.

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Florida Nursing Homes Receive FEMA Assistance During Coronavirus Pandemic

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 30, 2020

These certainly are some strange times we’re living in. On April 28th, 2020, the United States reached one of the most abysmal milestones in history, with over one million people testing positive for the novel coronavirus. And as multiple governors across the country prepare to strategically reopen their states, including Governor Ron DeSantis, many of us are left with more questions than answers.

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CDC Denies Entry to Cruise Ship Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 29, 2020

On March 14th, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a “no-sail” order for the entire cruise ship industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details from this report indicate concerns from the director of the CDC who “has reason to believe that cruise ship travel may continue to introduce, transmit, or spread COVID-19.” This drastic, but necessary move by government health officials was to be expected – especially if you consider how contagious this deadly disease is, combined with the fact that cruise ships are typically stuffed to the brim with passengers. It was only a matter of time before these luxury liners became breeding grounds for the coronavirus.

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Criminal Investigation Launched into Coronavirus Outbreak Aboard Ruby Princess

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 28, 2020

After months of fighting the novel coronavirus, most cruise ships in the industry have finally reached their final destinations all over the world. One vessel in particular, the Ruby Princess, has been docked in Australia since March after it was stricken by this deadly disease, with most of its staff remaining in mandatory quarantine until just a few days ago. And although many passengers have recently spoken with news outlets alleging that major cruise lines mishandled the COVID-19 outbreak, hundreds of crew members and workers have been seriously overlooked – including those aboard the Ruby Princess.

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Florida Resident Dies After Contracting Coronavirus Aboard Cruise Ship

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 26, 2020

Despite being financially impacted in a devastating way, other facets of the travel & tourism industry including airlines and hotels, were able to get an early grip on the COVID-19 outbreak without compromising the safety of their guests and patrons. The cruise ship industry appears to have not been so lucky. For the past few weeks, reports from previous passengers have been steadily flowing in to the media alleging gross negligence and mismanagement from the world’s largest cruise lines, including Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

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Costa Luminosa Suffers Coronavirus Outbreak While on Trans-Atlantic Trip

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 25, 2020

As countries and communities across the globe continue to grapple with the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, many major cruise lines throughout the industry have been facing incredible backlash over their alleged mishandling of this deadly disease. The Carnival Corporation & plc has no-doubt been hit the hardest, with multiple cruise ships including the Diamond Princess, the Grand Princess, and now the Costa Luminosa, suffering serious outbreaks.

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Orange County Nursing Homes Among Those Hardest Hit by Coronavirus

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 23, 2020

On Saturday April 18th, officials with the Florida Health Department released a comprehensive list of elder care facilities that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to this latest information, there are 303 long-term care/assisted living centers and nursing homes that have had positive tests for this incredibly deadly disease, including 37 in Central Florida alone.

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Tampa Bay Nursing Homes See Spike in Coronavirus Cases

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 23, 2020

On Saturday, April 18th, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees released the names of elder care facilities throughout the state that have been affected by COVID-19, with the Tampa Bay area being deemed the latest “hot-spot” for outbreaks, especially within assisted living communities. This announcement comes as a reversal in stance by Governor Ron DeSantis, whose initial decision was to keep this type of information confidential and quiet from the public.

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