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: 2,327
- New deaths of Florida residents: 66 (36,647 total)
- New hospitalizations: 149 (94,550 total)
- Total cases: 2,316,142
- Total vaccinations: 8,091,013
- Daily percentage positivity rate: 3.54%
- As always, you can access more of the latest updates in Florida here.
Here’s what’s happening around the state
- Florida teachers will soon receive bonuses: As one of the most difficult school years Floridians have ever experienced comes to a close, Gov. Ron DeSantis toured the state Wednesday to tout $1,000 bonus payments for teachers and principals who juggled the challenges of educating students during the pandemic.
- Florida emergency management crews balancing pandemic with storm season: Florida emergency-management workers aren’t approaching this year’s hurricane season as anything basic, but they are looking forward to what the new state director calls the ABCs — “Anything But COVID.”
- COVID-19 smell loss: Smell loss afflicts the majority of COVID-19 patients. A new understanding is emerging about what causes it, and eventually, how it might be treated.
- One step closer to cruising: Royal Caribbean International is the first cruise line to receive approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for one of its ships to do a test sailing in U.S. waters.
The good news
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Megan’s note of the day: Did anyone catch the super flower blood moon and total lunar eclipse early this morning? I missed it. If you did too, here’s a look at some spectacular photos. And here’s what else is happening with the coronavirus in Florida today.
— Megan Kearney, firstname.lastname@example.org