Florida Still Sees Record COVID-19 Surge As School Year Begins, But DeSantis Digs In
The Republican governor won’t budge on his order banning mask mandates in schools, despite the delta variant causing severe infections among kids.
Florida recorded an alarming 157,388 new cases between Aug. 2 and Aug. 8, bringing the state’s total cases to nearly 2.8 million, according to data reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that same time period, the state saw 791 new deaths, bringing that total to 39,934.
More children were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Aug. 3 than in any other state, according to The Miami Herald. The federal government’s hospital capacity data shows that 46 pediatric patients were admitted to a Florida hospital with a confirmed infection that day, while an additional 22 were hospitalized with a suspected case.