JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida confirmed 10,177 additional COVID-19 cases on Friday, representing two consecutive days above 10,000, for the first time since the third week of July.
According to the Ministry of Health, the state reports a total of 1,039,207 COVID-19 and 19,236 deaths. Duval County added 537 and St. Johns 122 cases.
Another 124 deaths were confirmed in Friday’s report. Of these, three deaths occurred in Columbia County, one in Jacksonville and one in Alachua County.
Daily cases in Florida and Duval County have been reported since June 1
At least 56,095 hospitalizations have been attributed to the new coronavirus since the coronavirus reached Florida. On Friday afternoon, 4,334 people were hospitalized in the state with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 – 229 in Jacksonville. In Duval County, only 17% of intensive care beds were available on Friday, and in Clay and Nassau counties only 12% were available. In Columbia County, all 20 ICU beds were occupied on Friday.
Of the Thursday test, the nationwide positivity was 7.49%. The 14-day mean positivity rate was 7.5% and the 7-day mean was 8.1%. None of Northeast Florida counties were above 10% positive for the first time in the week, although most were above the state average.
The state received guidance this week from the White House coronavirus task force, in which it suggested many residents assume they were infected if they gathered outside their homes for Thanksgiving.
On Wednesday, Florida updated its report on COVID-19 in schools and showed that more than 1,000 elementary and high schools in South Florida reported infection in the past three months.
Governor Ron DeSantis said he believed the first coronavirus vaccine approval would begin in the U.S. next week and would encourage the Florida population to take the vaccine when it was available, but said he would not reintroduce restrictions and does not require a mask, although it encourages people to wear them and social distance. He believes that the economic and social damage caused by the restrictions outweighs the risk posed by the virus.
– I oppose orders, right. I don’t think they work. “DeSantis said at his most recent public performance on Nov. 30.
Cindy Prins, of the University of Florida, and Jason Salemi, of the University of South Florida, epidemiologists said Friday that because of the lifting of restrictions, some have stopped proven and effective precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing. Many wanted to return to normal wheel cutting.
“You’re sick of all these things, you’re sick of COVID, and that’s why I think you’re starting to relax,” Salemi said.
According to Salemi, DeSantis has emphasized the protection of vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, “but that certainly doesn’t work. The average daily number of Florida residents aged 65 and older reported a new infection has increased 81% in the past month.
As virus cases caught during Thanksgiving are likely to show up next week and Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Day are coming, Prins and Salemi fear Florida will soon return to July levels and exceed them.
“When we get together with our family during the holidays, there are undoubtedly high-risk elderly people – our parents and grandparents. They will get infected, ”Salemi said.
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