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Florida sees 17,589 new COVID cases, 4th highest jump in state's pandemic history

Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald on

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After the CDC recommended all people, vaccinated or not, should be wearing masks indoors and in areas of high transmission, governments, schools and businesses have been reviving mask policies.

On Wednesday, Walt Disney World announced that starting Friday all guests — vaccinated or not — over the age of 2 will have to wear masks while indoors and on Disney transportation. Masks still won’t be required outdoors, it said.

This came after Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings had reinstated a state of emergency in the county due to high rates of COVID-19 transmission on the same day, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Also on Wednesday: The Broward School Board voted unanimously to institute a mask mandate for all students, teachers and staff when school begins on Aug. 18.

In Miami-Dade County, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava mandated masks at all county facilities on Wednesday, including libraries and recreational centers. She is also urged businesses to require facial coverings indoors.


Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach is also reversing policies starting Friday, saying it will not allow visitors at its medical center or physician locations, while having limited visitation at its emergency centers in Miami Beach, Aventura and Hialeah.

Jackson Health System suspended visitations to most of its inpatient units in early July with exceptions for rehabilitation, pediatrics, the neonatal intensive care unit, maternity ward and non-COVID end-of-life cases. Visitors are also not allowed in all adult emergency departments.

Miami-Dade County, Orange County and 64 other Florida counties are considered areas of high transmission by the CDC. The state has 67 counties.


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