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On Wednesday, July 28th, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that Miami-Dade County would reinstate a mask requirement at all Miami-Dade County government facilities due to the steep rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
On Saturday, August 2nd, the State of Florida recorded its highest number of new positive COVID-19 cases for a single day since the beginning of the pandemic over a year ago at 21,683. The CDC has not published any data for Florida since Saturday.
However, the Florida Hospital Association said that 10,389 individuals had been hospitalized in the state on Sunday, the second day in a row where over 10,000 were hospitalized.
On Monday, Gables Insider learned that the City of Coral Gables has also instituted a mask mandate at City government facilities. All residents, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times within City facilities.
The vaccination rate in Florida has remained under 50%. As of Monday, 49.1% of Florida residents over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The US reached a 70% vaccination rate on Monday.
Vaccines are currently available for anyone over the age of 12, with most places allowing for walk-ups. If you are interested in getting vaccinated, you can find a list of locations on the Florida Department of Health’s website by clicking here.
A Fox13 Tampa Bay story on Sunday quoted the CEO of the Florida Hospital Association, Mary Meyhew, stating that 96% of those hospitalized are unvaccinated.
The majority of patients are suffering from the Delta variant of the virus, which has become the prevalent strand of the virus in the United States. The CDC reports that approximately 86% of all COVID-19 cases in the US were of the Delta variant as of July 17th.
Reports are that the Delta variant is showing a higher rate of contagion. Additionally, unlike the beta version of the virus, Delta is no longer only serious for seniors and high risk individuals. Delta is having serious effects and causing death in younger patients without preexisting conditions. Mayhew stated in the interview referenced by FOX13, that “50% of the people hospitalized are between ages 25 and 55.”
Vaccines And The Delta Variant
The Mayo Clinic recently posted the following regarding the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines in defense against the Delta variant:
“While research suggests that COVID-19 vaccines are slightly less effective against the variants, the vaccines still appear to provide protection against severe COVID-19. For example:
- Early research from the U.K. suggests that, after full vaccination, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 88% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant. The vaccine is 96% effective at preventing severe disease with the COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant. The research also showed that the vaccine is 93% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 virus caused by the alpha variant.
- Early research from Canada suggests that, after one dose, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is 72% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant. One dose of the vaccine is also 96% effective at preventing severe disease with the COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant.
- The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is 85% effective at preventing severe disease with the COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant, according to data released by Johnson & Johnson.”
University of Miami
The University of Miami has announced that it is requiring all faculty and staff to be vaccinated. The deadline for staff to present their evidence of vaccination to be on campus for the fall semester was August 1st.
“Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows employed by the University of Miami are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic year, subject to certain exceptions, including medical and religious exemptions. Employees should receive their final vaccine dose by Aug. 1 to be fully vaccinated by the start of the fall term.” in a communication sent to staff on June 1st.
Coral Gables Numbers
Throughout the 2020 and early 2021 portion of the pandemic, Gables Insider had been providing you with daily numbers of positive tests in the City. Many of you have asked why we stopped providing this information. The State of Florida is no longer providing the data. We have made numerous requests for updates, but the requests have gone unanswered.