County & City Re-institute Mask Requirements At Facilities; UM Requires Staff Get Vaccinated

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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.

Coral Gables

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.

Delta Variant

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.


12 thoughts on “County & City Re-institute Mask Requirements At Facilities; UM Requires Staff Get Vaccinated

  1. Selfishness and Hate I see in people’s comments, attitudes & behavior. Blaming “illegals” when the real culprits are the rowdy tourists & young TRASHY Northeasterners, who have relocated to Florida, because we are too lenient here with curfews/ lockdowns & mask policy. The police are tougher elsewhere. We are so eager for their dollars/ increased tax revenue that we bend over with a smile. My parents moved here from NY 50 years ago. As an honest gringo, the new arrivals from the North, the tourists from the neighboring South, the Hispanics already here, the few Wasps left, are more at fault than the few illegals. Florida attracts people who do not want to live by the rules, who get upset about t shirt mandate for joggers in Palm Beach, or showing underwear prohibition in Opa Locka. Their bad attitude extends to there desire to INFECT/ SPREAD the disease to others; I’m vaccinated, I’m protected, I don’t want the mask, so F***k Thy Neighbor! As my cousins say: we are surrounded by chusma. The scum are winning. Greedy people in hospitality business who cater to low-lifes/ selfish morons are also to blame. They need the money for their vices, luxury cars, expensive homes, etc We have a degenerate society. God help us!

  2. FL leads the nation in new Delta cases @ 20% of all cases. Gov. Desantis handling of COVID-19 is a joke & 100% politically motivated. He has even tried unsuccessfully passing laws to allow cruise ship owners board passengers with no proof of vaccine. His business first attitude is sickening.

  3. Individuals that were vaccinated back in January and February are no longer at 96% efficacy. Sweden and Israel are already administering booster shots starting with those most vulnerable. Just because you are vaccinated does not mean you cannot spread the virus. I know of one breakthrough case that is now deceased. The Delta variant is requiring well over 80% herd immunity. The more people wait to get the vaccine the higher the chance of a stronger strain. I happily wear my N95 having two jabs of Moderna. I can still get mildly sick if I get the Delta variant but I can also kill an unvaccinated person if I spread it.

  4. People are fed up with this mask mandate for vaccinated people. We were told the vaccines are effective. Either they are or they’re not.

  5. So confusing! Reading that in Colorado, vaccinated people with a covid diagnosis is a rapidly increasing group- now more than 20% of cases. In Massachusetts, 75% of the party goers who got covid were vaccinated, and 4 out 5 of the hospitalizations were vaccinated people. We need some reliable, non political source to give us the real truth. Fauci, the CDC, the WHO, Biden, have all lied to us. Even the NYT and Washington Post have lied, but I give them credit for exposing documents about breakthrough cases that the CDC covered up. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of unvaccinated illegal immigrants are being sent to all corners of the US. The bungled response to covid is becoming very obvious.
    I am vaccinated but I will go back to staying out of public indoor spaces, mask or no mask.

  6. I guess Herd Immunity isn’t real if we’re already at 78% of everyone over 12 years old by the account of Daniela Levine Cava. We’re doomed because at almost 80% vaccinated cases are surging big time. Also, breakthrough cases to those already vaccinated must be a lot higher than media is suggesting. Something doesn’t add up as usual here.

  7. So, Daniella wants the little people to mask up? And disciple Lago obliges!
    This is the height of hypocrisy. Has Daniela forgotten her pandemic pics with Francis Suarez whooping it up at a lobbyst’s event WITHOUT MASKS?
    Masks don’t work. This is all about domination by authoritarians Daniela and Lago.

  8. If the flow of illegal immigrants would be stopped from entering the country, allowed to go to any state, the numbers would not be so high! President Biden save our country!

  9. According to the WHO, “there is no sound science for general populations to be wearing masks”; yet here we ago again with city/county mask mandates not based on science and date but fear and hysteria. Widespread use of masks is not supported by the WHO nor are there any peer reviewed medical studies published stating masks work. Zero. With the FOIA release of Dr. Fauci’s emails, the truth was evident in the public statements last year and his emails confirmed that at one point Dr. Fauci was stating the evidence, which was that the masks were not able to contain this virus and that’s not what the masks are for, even in a medical setting, because the virus goes through the mask. The virus goes around the mask, and, he knew it, he explained it in detail apparently in one of those emails to somebody; but publicly he pushed for masks, obviously for political reasons not medical. Shame on any elected leader to insist on wearing masks!

  10. Greetings! Thanks for covering this critical issue. Want to share that Miami-Dade now has a 78% vaccination rate for those over 12, truly amazing, compared to 61% statewide. No doubt some tourists have local addresses and got in that number, but even so. And still, vaccines and masking clearly are required for all. Thank you. MiamiDade.Gov/vaccine also includes our dashboard with available data.

  11. I live in a condominium in Coral Gables. So far our condominium has not reinstated mandatory mask wearing in common areas (lobby, elevators, laundry room). I am hoping that mask wearing now will be reinstated. Can you give me information on this.

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