Read It in the Morning Paper: COVID Deaths, School Testing

  • COVID DEATHS: New data from the CDC shows that Polk County experienced 96 COVID-19 deaths in the week ending Sept. 14. In all, 1,941 people have died from COVID in Polk, according to a compilation from USF epidemiologist Jason Salemi. | LINKS: CDC county data | Salemi’s dashboard
  • SCHOOL TESTING: Polk School Board members and the head of the local teachers union express cautious optimism about Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislative proposal to replace high-stakes testing in public schools with progress monitoring.