Florida’s positivity rate was about 7.3 percent Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,948 infections and 68 deaths per day over the past seven day.
About 38 percent of all U.S. adults are fully vaccinated and 55 percent have received at least one dose. But 8 percent skipped their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
A ban has powerful foes, would take years to implement and would face legal challenges from the tobacco industry.
But that return to normalcy depends on finishing the nation’s herculean vaccination campaign.


  1. A customer exits a corner market while wearing a protective mask in the retail shopping district of the SoHo neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York, Friday, May 14, 2021.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to say whether he will change his state’s mask mandate in light of new federal guidance that eases rules for fully vaccinated people.
  2. St. Petersburg officials figured out a way to preserve the expanded outdoor restaurant seating on street parking spots.
  3. Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.5 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  4. The state revoked the license for Picket Fence Manor, a St. Petersburg assisted-living facility, last week. The sign in front of the building was taken down.
  5. When 76-year-old Geri Russo, of Pinellas Park, began her transition from male to female two years ago, a doctor told her she was too old. Russo is among those who stand to benefit from the Biden administration's decision, announced this week, to restore protections against discrimination in health care for gay and transgender patients.
  6. Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.6 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  7. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky.
  8. The entrance to the one of the vaccine rooms at a Pinellas County health department site in April. The department has begun scheduling appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for kids as young as 12.
  9. Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a news conference in November. DeWine unveiled a lottery system on Wednesday to entice people to get COVID-19 shots, offering a weekly $1 million prize and full-ride college scholarships in a creative bid to overcome the vaccine hesitancy.
  10. Even before Wednesday's final approval of the Pfizer vaccine for kids 12 and up, some jurisdictions were giving out shots to that age group. Middle school student Elise Robinson receives her first coronavirus vaccination on Wednesday in in Decatur, Ga., where hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center.
  11. Tampa Bay added 718 cases and five deaths Wednesday.
  12. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, far left, and  Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, far right, listen as Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  13. Groups of younger people make their way through the parking lot and to the entrance at the FEMA-run vaccination site located at the Tampa Greyhound Track, on the first day the eligibility age dropped to 18 and up, Monday, April 5, 2021 in Tampa.
  14. A Florida woman authorities allege used the personal information of a Massachusetts resident to fraudulently obtain a pandemic-related federal loan that she then used for a private flight to California and stays at luxury hotels has been arrested, federal prosecutors said.
  15. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks during a press conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, on Monday, April 19, 2021.
  16. A pedestrian walks past the Leading Insurance Agency, which offers plans under the Affordable Care Act on Jan. 28, 2021 in Miami, Florida.
  17. Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  18. Trudy Berlin looks at a book during her weekly Zoom session at the Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton.
  19. During a federal audit, investigators reviewed a sample of 100 Medicare claims from The Hospice of Florida Suncoast Inc. and concluded that 49 did not comply with requirements. Suncoast disagreed with all but two of the questioned claims.
  20. Doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are prepared at Illinois State University on April 15, 2021. Shots could begin as soon as a federal vaccine advisory committee issues recommendations for using the two-dose vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds, expected Wednesday.
  21. Florida recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus cases Monday
  22. Florida added more than 3,000 coronavirus cases on Sunday.
  23. A general view of National Stadium during an athletics test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, Sunday, May 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)