It’s Monday. Hope you all had a nice long weekend! 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.
A quick note: The Florida Department of Health did not release reports over Memorial Day weekend, so these numbers reflect multiple days of data.
- New cases: 5,937
- New deaths of Florida residents: 95 (36,869 total)
- New hospitalizations: 280 (95,210 total)
- Total cases: 2,326,755
- Total vaccinations: 8,322,901
- Daily percentage positivity rate: 3.89%
- As always, you can access more of the latest updates in Florida here.
Here’s what’s happening around the state
- Cruise ‘restart plan’: Florida Today reported that Carnival Corp. has received the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s acceptance of a special agreement with Port Canaveral — an agreement that is a key step toward the cruise company’s resumption of sailings. But hurdles between the CDC and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over how much control the CDC has in restricting the cruise industry still need to be cleared. Here’s the full story, for subscribers.
- Where does Florida rank this week? Florida ranked 16th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. The state ranks 23rd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 49% of its residents at least partially vaccinated.
- Rebekah Jones: A former Florida Department of Health employee has received whistleblower status a year after being fired for repeatedly violating the agency’s policy about communicating with the media.
- Why colleges are requiring, or bribing, students to get vaccines: Hundreds of colleges plan to require students to receive COVID-19 vaccines for the fall semester, despite conservative lawmakers’ criticism. Here’s what you need to know about the requirements — and exceptions to them.
The good news
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Megan’s note of the day: It’s the first official day of hurricane season. As a Florida native, I’d like to consider myself an expert, but this quiz was difficult! Test your knowledge here to see how much you *really* know about hurricanes. Oh, and here’s what else is happening with the coronavirus in Florida today.
— Megan Kearney, firstname.lastname@example.org