The Point, July 19, 2021: Cases Rise, Vaccines Fall: Delta Variant Helps Shift Florida’s COVID Numbers


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Today’s top Florida stories

• CBS Miami: Florida Accounts For 20% Of All New COVID-19 Infections. “Cases are rising across the nation as the more transmissible Delta variant spreads and ends months of steady decline that began when widespread vaccinations became available. In Florida, the number of vaccinations administered per week has fallen by almost 80% since April.”

• News4Jax: No turning back: Florida counties will not return to mask mandates, even as others do. “An executive order put in place by Governor Ron DeSantis banning local governments from requiring masks will not be reconsidered, even as hospitals teeter on the edge of capacity for COVID-19 patients.”

• New York Times ($): Collapse Raises New Fears About Florida’s Shaky Insurance Market. “Insurers were already skittish after losses from repeated hurricanes. The recent condo collapse has brought new insecurity. How long will Florida’s coast be insurable?”

• Miami Herald ($): No new Surfside collapse victims identified Sunday, as recovery and cleanup nears end. “Two cranes dug deep into what was left of the rubble at Champlain Towers South on Sunday, as the difficult work to identify the remains of the last known victims of the partial collapse slowed to a crawl. Of the total 97 people believed by Miami-Dade County authorities to have been unaccounted for in the collapse, 95 have been identified.”

• NPR News: Mystery Surrounds Florida Company Suspected In Assassination of Haiti’s President. “CTU Security billed itself as a kind of one-stop shop for providing security to VIPs, training in using handguns and rifles, and access to military-style equipment, including armored vehicles and bomb disposal suits. Its name — an acronym for Counter Terrorist Unit — suggested the company, which is based in the Miami suburb of Doral, Fla., could bring elite-level competence to any situation.”

• WUSF: Red Tide Is Sticking Around Tampa Bay Area, FWC Report Shows. “A report on Friday from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows that a red tide bloom that has been plaguing the greater Tampa Bay region hasn’t gone anywhere.”

• Spectrum News: Red tide fish kills turned into electricity. “The Pinellas County Department of Solid Waste has received more than a thousand tons of dead fish killed by red tide since early June, and a portion of the debris has been turned into electricity.”

• Politico: Appeals court allows CDC to enforce plan on resuming cruises. “A late-night order from a federal appeals court Saturday dealt a major setback to Florida’s effort to lift restrictions the federal government imposed on the cruise ship industry in order to prevent outbreaks of the coronavirus.”

• Florida Politics: Ron DeSantis at the border: Majority of ‘criminal aliens’ are Florida-bound. “The Governor visited the border and state law enforcement officers, whom he deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border late last month at the request of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. During a news conference at the border town of Del Rio, Texas, DeSantis and Abbott highlighted the record number of people arriving at the border while blaming President Joe Biden and his administration’s immigration policies for that and a rise in crime because of ‘open border policies.'”

• Associated Press: How Florida Is Struggling To Get Aid To Tenants. “Florida is one of several states that enacted a moratorium last year halting eviction proceedings. Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed his executive order to expire at the end of September, leaving only the CDC moratorium in place. When the federal protections are lifted, landlords in Florida must give tenants a minimum of three days to pay back rent before they can initiate the eviction process.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Gainesville considers permanently legalizing public drinking. “People in Gainesville would be legally able to drink the alcoholic beverage of their choice from the container of their choice on city property or right of way without getting ticketed for an open-container violation under a proposal the Gainesville Commission is voting on Monday.”

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From NPR News

• Health: U.S. COVID Deaths Are Rising Again. Experts Call It A ‘Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated’

• Health: With The Delta Variant Spreading Fast, Is It Time To Mask Up Again?

• Health: Alcohol Use Linked To Over 740,000 Cancer Cases Last Year, New Study Says

• World: A Week Before The Opening Ceremony, Coronavirus Turns Up At Tokyo’s Olympic Village

• Business: The Federal Reserve Says Higher Prices Will Be Temporary

• Politics: The Biden Administration Vows To Appeal A Federal Ruling Deeming DACA Unlawful

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