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: 3,590
- New deaths of Florida residents: 71 (36,000 total)
- New hospitalizations: 151 (92,893 total)
- Total cases: 2,286,203
- Total vaccinations: 7,415,135
- Daily percentage positivity rate: 4.15%
- As always, you can access more of the latest updates in Florida here.
Here’s what’s happening around the state
- Your mask questions, answered: The CDC announced new masking guidelines Thursday that carry welcome words: Fully vaccinated Americans, for the most part, no longer need to wear masks indoors. But the new guidelines can make mask etiquette confusing. What does it actually mean? Which COVID-19 restrictions are still active in Florida? And how are popular retailers responding?
- You can now get drinks-to-go in Florida. What does that mean? As we mentioned yesterday, it’s now legal to get alcoholic beverages with your take-out or food delivery in Florida. But how does that work, exactly? Can you grab your beer and hop in your car? Not exactly. Chris Bridges gives us a closer look at what the new law lets you do.
- In early, chaotic days of vaccine roll-out, how did concierge docs get thousands of doses? The Palm Beach Post reported that during the chaotic early days of the vaccine rollout, concierge doctors in Palm Beach County snapped up thousands of doses while physicians who serve less wealthy patients were left behind, recently released state records show. Here’s the full story, for subscribers.
- Task force creates millennial, youth-focused push: The Statewide COVID-19 Vaccination Education and Engagement Task force discussed Wednesday the new branches of the task force aimed at educating younger populations about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Some good news for your Friday
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Megan’s note of the day: Phew, what a week. But I have hope that all of the new guidelines issued this week mean a closer look at ‘normal’ again. Plus, who wouldn’t want a margarita to-go? Have a great weekend, folks! Here’s what else is happening with the coronavirus in Florida today.
— Megan Kearney, email@example.com