MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida reported much than 75,000 cases of COVID-19 implicit the week, continuing a driblet from summertime highs erstwhile the authorities battled a fierce surge successful infections fueled by the delta variant, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The figures released Friday brought the state’s regular mean for the week to much than 10,800 cases, though determination were 11,275 caller cases reported connected Friday. A period ago, Florida was averaging much than 21,000 cases a day. The regular mean for the past week was the lowest since the extremity of July.
The full fig of COVID-19 cases successful Florida since the commencement of the pandemic successful aboriginal 2020 is conscionable shy of 3.5 cardinal cases, according to the CDC.
Despite the diminution successful caller cases, Florida marked a somber milestone successful the past week, surpassing 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began. As of past Thursday, Florida had 51,240 COVID-19-related deaths.
Epidemiologists accidental the state’s rates of vaccination has outpaced the nationalist average, but it has not been capable to support the highly contagious variant astatine bay due to the fact that of its outsized colonisation of aged radical and debased vaccination rates among younger groups they interact with.
Among those refusing to get vaccinated are astir 600 Orange County Fire Rescue workers successful the Orlando country who are resisting Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings’ mandate to get vaccinated for COVID-19 oregon hazard losing their jobs. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has threatened to good section governments similar Orange County requiring employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
“It surely is not my tendency to terminate immoderate of our employees and we person not to day terminated immoderate of our employees due to the fact that they garbage to instrumentality the vaccine. I anticipation that we don’t get to that point,” Demings said Friday. “But careless of what you deliberation astir the vaccine, wherever you onshore arsenic an individual, there’s inactive immoderate lawful authorization that we person arsenic an employing entity implicit the employees that we are straight liable for.”
Meanwhile, 1 of cardinal Florida’s largest infirmary systems transitioned backmost to mean operations aft respective weeks of restrictions connected elective surgeries and different efforts to conserve resources due to the fact that of the surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division said the fig of COVID-19 patients astatine its hospitals present stands astatine 850 people, respective 100 patients less than earlier this summer.
“We recognize that COVID volition beryllium with america and we are going to request to recognize however to attraction for COVID patients portion we besides attraction for others that request attraction successful our community,” Dr. Neil Finkler, main objective serviceman for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, said Friday.
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