ORLANDO, Florida. – Many students are returning to the classroom in the coming days as several school districts grapple with the parameters of Governor Ron DeSantis’ ordinance that bans COVID-19 assignments and empowers parents to choose whether to have their child in school wearing a mask.
The governor’s office told News 6 that it is working with state education and health officials to set rules for school districts regarding masks.
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âWe’re finalizing the Emergency Health and Education Rules this week that don’t ban masks in schools but give parents the right to refuse their children. The school districts are expected to make that choice, âthe statement said.
The school districts of the Seminole and Orange districts introduced the mask requirement for their employees from Friday. In Orange County, district employees must wear masks for at least 30 days.
Hospital stays in central Florida continue to rise, forcing hospital systems to revise visitor policies and postpone non-emergency surgeries to suit their patients. Across the AdventHealth system in central Florida, officials said they are treating a record number of COVID-19 patients, 1,350 of whom were hospitalized after Thursday’s update.
“If you look back on wave one and wave two, this is the highest number of patients we have treated with COVID to date,” said Dr. Eduardo Oliveria, managing medical director of AdventHealth’s intensive care unit. âIt definitely puts a strain on the system in terms of our ability to care for all of these patients. We have succeeded very well so far, but the numbers are pretty high. “
As of Friday, Florida has had 12,864 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized nationwide and continues to break state pandemic records. Florida first posted a new pandemic record of hospital admissions on Sunday, with over 10,200 hospital admissions. The state also saw its highest one-day total last weekend, with 21,683 new cases since the pandemic began.
Orange County is feeling the pressure on its hospitals and the economic impact of COVID-19 as any conference or convention has been canceled. Mayor Jerry Demings said at least four of these events at the Orange County Convention Center have canceled dates.
The county’s health officials are also predicting an increase in the number of COVID-19 deaths in the coming weeks as the surge continues. With companies making decisions about masks or vaccines in many cases, the governor reiterated this week that he will not impose any restrictions or mandates. President Joe Biden has urged leaders of the republic, including DeSantis, to “get out of the way” of vaccine regulations aimed at containing the more communicable and dangerous variant of COVID-19.
Moderna announced that its vaccine remains 93% effective six months after the second dose and is also testing a possible booster.
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Below is a breakdown of the Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Aug. 6.
The Florida Department of Health on Friday reported 134,506 new cases that appeared in the past week, bringing the state’s total to 2,725,450 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020. That’s average 19,215 reported new infections per day. This is the highest daily average for a 7-day period in the state of Florida since the pandemic began.
Florida reported 175 new virus-related deaths on Friday from last week, but the cumulative death toll of 39,695 actually shows that 616 new deaths have been added to the state’s total. The state did not provide any information about the timing of these deaths.
The state no longer reported the number of non-residents who died in Florida using its new weekly reporting method.
The State Agency for the Administration of Health Care has deleted its current COVID-19 hospital database and the state no longer reports how many patients have been hospitalized with the virus. However, Florida is still required to report this information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the CDC continues to publish this information online. The current hospital numbers are as follows:
The DOH reported that the percentage of positive results from coronavirus tests was 18.9% however did not report how many people were tested in the past week. Health officials say the rate should stay between 5% and 10% to prove that a community is in control of the virus and containing infections.
The Florida Department of Health began publishing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines being administered across the state in December 2020. In the new weekly reports, the country combines the vaccination data with the COVID-19 infection numbers.
FDOH reports 10.174.993 People are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These people either received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine or received a series of two vaccinations.
In the last week 278,375 have new people received at least one dose a coronavirus vaccine.
Central Florida region
The state will no longer offer a breakdown of deaths or hospital admissions by county as of June 3. in some counties by more than 1,000 cases.
For example, when Orange County was 3.
Below is the Central Florida area breakdown of new cases and new vaccination counts between July 30th and August. 5, 2021.
|district||Total number of cases as of August 5th||New cases since July 30th||Total number of people vaccinated||Percent of those over 12 years of age vaccinated|
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