Florida reports more than 21,000 COVID-19 cases every day – a new high
According to federal health data released on Saturday, Florida has reported 21,683 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day total in the state since the pandemic began.
The state became the new epicenter of the coronavirus, reaching a new record, accounting for about one-fifth of all new cases in the United States.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (Ron DeSantis) refused to wear masks and vaccine requirements and, together with the Florida legislature, restricted the ability of local officials to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. DeSantis banned the school district from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month.
The latest figures were recorded on Friday and published on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday. These figures show the rate of increase in the number of cases in the Sunshine State: just one day ago, Florida reported 17,093 new cases every day. Before vaccination became widespread, the previous peak in Florida was 19,334 cases reported on January 7.
The Florida Hospital Association said on Friday that the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state is close to last year’s peak. The central Florida section of AdventHealth, one of the state’s largest health care systems, recommended this week that no non-emergency surgeries should be performed in order to protect against COVID-19. -19 The patient releases resources.
On Saturday, Universal Studios Orlando and Sea World became the newest theme park resort in Florida. Visitors were again required to wear masks indoors. Universal Studios also ordered its employees to wear masks to prevent COVID-19.
On Saturday, all employees at Universal Studios Florida Park began to be required to wear masks indoors because employees resumed social distancing. Harry Potter and Despicable Me’s rides also require visitors to wear masks voluntarily indoors and comply with federal and local health guidelines.
“The health and safety of guests and team members is always our top priority,” Universal Pictures said in a statement.
Health officials announced on Friday that the number of coronavirus cases in Florida has increased by 50% in the past week, and the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state is close to last year’s peak.
Sea World posted on its website on Saturday that it advised tourists to follow the recently updated federal recommendations and wear masks indoors.
This week the theme park resort’s policy has changed. Previously, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Crosstown’s competitor, Walt Disney World, began requiring employees and guests over two to wear masks on Friday, but it has also gone a step further. The Walt Disney Company said in a statement that it will require all paid and non-union hourly workers in the United States to be fully vaccinated.
Disney employees who have not yet been vaccinated will have 60 days to vaccinate, and those who are still working at home will need to show proof of vaccinations before returning. Disney said it was discussing vaccine requirements with the union, adding that all new employees must be fully vaccinated before starting work.