FLORIDA — COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida with 151,415 new cases reported Aug. 6-12, according to the latest COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report from the Florida Department of Health.
During that period, the new case positivity rate was 19.3 percent and the state saw 1,071 deaths from coronavirus, according to state data.
Hospitalizations have increased significantly as well. The Florida Hospital Association reported 15,441 COVID-19 related hospitalizations Friday. That’s 152 percent higher than Florida’s previous pandemic peak during the week of July 23, 2020, FHA said.
The CDC reported more than 28,000 coronavirus cases each day last Saturday and Sunday. The Florida Department of Health said those numbers aren’t accurate.
Parents who feel their students are being bullied for wearing face masks or declining to wear face masks at school this year will be able to apply for a voucher to move their students to another school on the basis of “COVID-19 harassment.”
Face masks will be required indoors at Catholic schools located in counties with a new COVID-19 case positivity rate of 10 percent or higher, Bishop Frank J. Dewane with the Diocese of Venice said in a letter sent to parents and guardians about its school reopening plan Thursday.
After exposure to someone with COVID-19 landed unvaccinated Miami Dolphins tight end Adam Shaheen on the team’s reserve list, he said he has no plans to get vaccinated and spoke out against the NFL’s pressure on players to get inoculated against the virus.
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