It’s Friday. Welcome to today’s edition of the Florida Coronavirus Watch Newsletter. Let’s get you up to speed with the latest news of the day from the USA TODAY Network — Florida.
- New cases: 2,338
- New deaths of Florida residents: 41 (36,774 total)
- New hospitalizations: 163 (94,930 total)
- Total cases: 2,320,818
- Total vaccinations: 8,187,878
- Daily percentage positivity rate: 3.06%
- As always, you can access more of the latest updates in Florida here.
Here’s what’s happening around the state
- Memorial Day weekend in Florida is upon us: With coronavirus infections dropping and 50% of American adults fully vaccinated, many people in the nation are looking forward to Memorial Day weekend. This weekend will be a test of whether the U.S. can avoid the spikes in infections and hospitalizations before vaccines were widely available.
- ‘Pack your patience’: If you’re heading out of town via plane this weekend, many travelers who haven’t flown during the pandemic are sure to be rusty. Here’s what passengers need to know about flying this summer.
- Cruise confusion continues: Cruise lines plan to sail from Florida and have been approved to do so by the CDC. Will a ban on vaccine passports stop them? The answer is unclear.
- More young adults in Florida getting infected with COVID-19: The Fort Myers News-Press reported that medical professionals are urging parents to get their kids aged 12 and older vaccinated as summer arrives. State data shows more young people in Southwest Florida are getting infected with COVID-19 compared to six months ago. Here’s the full story, for subscribers.
Non-COVID news for your Friday
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Megan’s note of the day: What are your plans for this long weekend? Whether you’re planning to fire up the grill at home or see a little more of the state than you have over the past year, here’s what to expect weatherwise across Florida over the holiday weekend. Have a good one, folks! Here’s what else is happening with the coronavirus in Florida today.
— Megan Kearney, firstname.lastname@example.org