“Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors,” reports the Associated Press. “The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the U.S.”
“The latest numbers were recorded on Friday and released on Saturday on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. The figures show how quickly the number of cases is rising in the Sunshine State: only a day earlier, Florida reported 17,093 new daily cases. The previous peak in Florida had been 19,334 cases reported on Jan. 7, before the availability of vaccinations became widespread.”
“The Florida Hospital Association said Friday that statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations are nearing last year’s peak, and one of the state’s largest health care systems, AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, this week advised it would no longer be conducting nonemergency surgeries in order to free up resources for COVID-19 patients.”
The news came on the same day that many Florida news outlets reported on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s executive order to ban mask requirements in Florida’s public schools, as part of an apparent Florida GOP effort to use Covid19 as a bio-weapon to attack the state’s teacher’s unions by trying to increase the number of their members who die of the Covid19 Delta variant.