ST. Petersburg, Florida. – As Florida enters the peak summer tourism season, the largest cities and counties in the state are closing beaches, setting up masks and suspending business, hoping that these measures will slow the sharp rise in coronavirus cases.
Many new cases have occurred among young people. This is attributed to relaxed social activities in parties and bars. Last week, drinking was banned to prevent the spread of the virus. When these patients rested in hospital beds, their condition was not as severe as those of those infected during the deadliest outbreak in the state.
However, there are still concerns that as Florida continues to reopen through theme parks, major sports events and Republican presidential nomination celebrations to start its economic development will put more vulnerable groups at risk.
Experts say that in every population, there will be asymptomatic people, many of whom refuse to wear masks and sow infections, which will cause more serious diseases in the coming weeks.
“Whenever you have these reopenings, you depend on people acting on the right things to comply with the rules. I think this is where the weakness is.”
She warned that things might get worse before they get better.
Prince said: “It’s two weeks away to really control this.”
In the past week, newly confirmed cases have increased dramatically. The Florida Department of Health reported more than 6,012 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. In the three days late last week, more than 8,000 new cases were processed every day. There are currently 152,434 confirmed cases and 3,500 deaths in the state.
Michelle Chason, 58, tested positive on Monday. Residents of Tallahassee said she has been very cautious, only going out when necessary, and always wears a mask. But someone coughed at her at the grocery store, and she thought she might have been exposed there.
To date, the number of new cases diagnosed in Florida has surged, and it has not been translated into serious hospitalization throughout the state. State and hospital officials said the cases were mild and included patients hospitalized for other reasons, who were positive on routine scans.
Despite this, hospital intensive care units are still being filled in the worst-hit South Florida. According to the Florida Department of Health Care, the number of ICU beds in Miami-Dade County is approximately 23%, although only one of the 82 ICU beds in the Baptist Hospital, one of the largest facilities in Miami.
Health officials say the next few weeks will be critical to Florida’s success or failure. On July 4, the reopening of Walt Disney World and the arrival of the Republican National Congress are full of hope.
After Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, refused to guarantee that the event could be held in Charlotte without public health restrictions, the Republicans and Trump moved the nomination portion of the convention to Jacksonville. Now, Republicans in Florida say they will develop safety precautions, including branding masks.
“I think we can do this in a way that can follow the existing social norms but still successfully organize events,” said the party’s chairman, State Senator Joe Grutus. “I will tell you that the Florida Republican Party will provide masks for our entire delegation.”
The beaches of South Florida will be closed on the busy weekend of July 4, and the Commissioner in Southwest Florida, Naples, voted on Tuesday to close the beach for most of the weekend until further notice.
Theme parks in central Florida are another issue. Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando have been open for weeks. Two of Disney World’s four parks are scheduled to open on July 11, and the company says that guests and staff need to wear masks.
Before Disneyland reopened, tens of thousands of Walt Disney World workers began to work this week. The resort has been closed since mid-March.
Krysta White, who works in Animal Kingdom Park, said that because of all the agreements implemented, she is safer in Disney World than grocery stores.
White said in a video discussion with the Facebook Union Union: “I’m still nervous, but I think they have made every effort to make it as safe as possible.”
Also on Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis extended an executive order for the third time, freezing evictions and collateral redemptions. The freeze is scheduled to end on Wednesday, but will continue until August 1. The original order was signed on April 2 and then renewed on May 14 and June 1.
Associated Press reporters Mike Schneider of Orlando, Kelli Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale and Brendan Farrington of Tallahassee contributed to this report.
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