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By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida saw a decline in coronavirus deaths and new cases on Sunday, with 77 reported fatalities and 6,229 reported new cases.

That compares to 187 new deaths and 8,502 confirmed cases reported Saturday. Still, the average number of deaths reported over the last seven days is 158.

And the number of hospitalizations due to the virus crept up slightly. The state reported 6,857 patients were being treated in hospitals because of the virus, compared to 6,836 the day before. Miami-Dade County had the most hospitalizations with 1,510, followed by Broward County with 909.

As the state grappled with the pandemic, hundreds of early voting sites were open across the state. On Saturday, more than 40,000 people cast ballots in person ahead of the Sept. 18 primary. In the county hit hardest by the virus, Miami-Dade, nearly 23,000 have cast ballots in person since early voting began Monday.

But voting was light in many areas, and there's been a significant increase in vote-by-mail ballot requests. In Glades County, a rural area to the west of Lake Okeechobbee, 52 people had cast in-person ballots as of early Sunday afternoon, compared to 882 that had cast ballots by mail.

And some of the state's school districts were set to reopen Monday despite a lawsuit filed by the Florida Education Association seeking a delay.

Republican state Rep. Randy Fine is one of at least three Florida lawmakers who have tested positive for the virus. In a Twitter post over the weekend, he shared his lung X-rays compared to healthy lungs as a message about how serious the virus is.

“Here are your lungs. Here are my lungs with 30 percent Covid damage. (White cloudy is bad). Any questions? I can answer one — this ain’t the flu. And ‘recovery’ is a very subjective, and long-term, question,” Fine tweeted.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis had no public events scheduled Sunday.

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'SNL' parodied the Village People telling Trump to stop playing 'YMCA' at his campaign rallies

"Saturday Night Live" cast members appeared as the Village People to say they don't support Trump using their music. Saturday Night Live/YouTube

  • "Saturday Night Live" cast members appeared as the Village People on the "Weekend Update" portion of the show to tell Donald Trump to stop playing their song "YMCA" at his rallies.
  • "YMCA" has been played at many of Trump's campaign rallies where he has been seen dancing to the song.
  • "SNL" cast members replaced the chorus "YMCA" with "Cease and Desist" to tell the president to stop using their music.
  • In June, Village People singer and co-founder Victor Willis told Trump to stop playing the band's songs at his campaign rallies.
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"Saturday Night Live" cast members appeared as '70s disco group the Village People to tell Donald Trump to stop playing their song "YMCA" at his rallies.

The fourth episode of the show's 46th season was on Saturday night and was hosted by singer Adele.

The "SNL" Village People appeared on the "Weekend Update" portion of the show, which stars co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che.

 

"SNL" cast members dressed up as the five iconic Village People characters: soldier, construction worker, biker, cowboy, and cop.

They used the instrumental music of "YMCA," but sang new lyrics, replacing the "Y-M-C-A" chorus with "Cease-and-Desist."

"Stop it/Yeah, I'm talking to you/I said, stop it/This is long overdue/'Cause we never/said that we support you/You. Must. Pay. To. Use. Our. Songs," the cast sang.

They also sang about Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard professor who's represented Trump, and late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. 

Their lyrics also mentioned Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump.

"I promise you will we shave Ivanka's head" they sang, adding "I promise you she will look like Jean-Luc Picard," a captain from "Star Trek."

Trump has danced to "YMCA" at many of his campaign rallies.

 

He was most recently seen dancing to the song at rallies in Des Moines, Iowas on October 14; Phoenix, Arizona on October 19; Tuscon, Arizona on October 19; and Erie, Pennsylvania on October 21.

In June, Village People singer and co-founder Victor Willis told Trump to stop playing "YMCA" and "Macho Man" at his campaign rallies. 

In a Facebook post, Willis wrote that he disagreed with Trump's use of force to clear peaceful protestors so he could take a photo in front of St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, on June 1.

"Don't do it Mr. President! And I ask that you no longer use any of my music at your rallies especially "Y.M.C.A." and "Macho Man." Sorry, but I can no longer look the other way," Willis wrote.

The Village People aren't the only artists who have asked Trump to stop playing their music at his rallies.

In June, The Rolling Stones threatened to sue Trump's campaign for using their songs at rallies and events.

In July, Neil Young said he was "not OK" with his music being played at Trump's Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore.

In August, the estate of late Canadian singer Leonard Cohen said it was considering legal action after Cohen's song "Hallelujah" was played after Trump's acceptance speech for the Republican nomination.

And in mid-October, John Fogerty said he was issuing a cease-and-desist order to the Trump campaign to stop his music from being played at the president's events.

Representatives for the Village People did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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