Florida has 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.
The latest numbers were recorded on Friday and released on Saturday on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. The previous peak in Florida had been 19,334 cases reported on Jan. 7.
The Tampa Bay Times reported yesterday that the state has become the epicenter of a fourth wave of the pandemic as the infectious delta variant takes hold. But this is different than previous outbreaks.
While Florida accounts for nearly one out of every four new infections and hospitalizations in the country, according to federal data, the majority of people falling ill (and a large number of those falling seriously ill) are younger adults, particularly those who have not gotten vaccines.
Adults in their 20s to 40s account for 53 percent of infections and about 34 percent of hospitalizations, according to state data.
The state reported 409 deaths over the latest seven-day period. Some of those may have occurred a couple of weeks ago, with a lag in reporting. The death toll is less than one-third of highs from earlier this year and last summer, but an increase over more recent levels.
Walt Disney World has now announced it will require most of its employees to be vaccinated. Publix is asking workers to start wearing masks again.
Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld on Saturday became the latest theme parks in Florida to again ask visitors to wear masks indoors, with Universal also ordering its employees to wear face coverings to protect against COVID-19.
All workers at Universal’s Florida park on Saturday started being required to wear masks while indoors as the employees returned to practicing social distancing.
“The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority,” Universal said in a statement.
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