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Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases

BREAKING: Florida has reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to new federal health data. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus.

7/31/2021 11:49:00 PM

BREAKING: Florida has reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to new federal health data. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus.

ORLANDO , Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and along with the state Legislature, has limited local officials’ ability to impose restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. DeSantis on Friday barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month.

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The latest numbers were recorded on Friday and released on Saturday on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’swebsite. The figures show how quickly the number of cases is rising in the Sunshine State: only a day earlier, Florida reported 17,093 new daily cases. The previous peak in Florida had been 19,334 cases reported on Jan. 7, before the availability of vaccinations became widespread.

ADVERTISEMENTThe Florida Hospital Association said Friday that statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations are nearing last year’s peak, and one of the state’s largest health care systems, AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, this week advised it would no longer be conducting nonemergency surgeries in order to free up resources for COVID-19 patients.

Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld on Saturday became the latest theme park resorts in Florida to again ask visitors to wear masks indoors, with Universal also ordering its employees to wear face coverings to protect against COVID-19, which has been surging across the state.

All workers at Universal’s Florida park on Saturday started being required to wear masks while indoors as the employees returned to practicing social distancing. The home to Harry Potter and Despicable Me rides also asked visitors to follow federal and local health guidelines by voluntarily wearing face coverings indoors.

“The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority,” Universal said in a statement.Health officials on Friday announced that coronavirus cases in Florida had jumped 50% over the past week with COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state nearing last year’s peak.

SeaWorld on Saturday posted on its website that it was recommending that visitors follow recently updated federal recommendations and wear face coverings while indoors.The change in policy this week at the theme park resorts came after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

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Crosstown rival Walt Disney World started requiring employees and guests older than 2 to wear masks on Friday, but it also went a step further. The Walt Disney Company said in a statement that it will be requiring all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. who work on site to be fully vaccinated.

Disney employees who aren’t already vaccinated will have 60 days to do so and those still working from home will need to show proof of vaccination before returning. Disney said it was discussing the vaccine requirements with the union, and added that all new hires will be required to be fully vaccinated before starting work at the company.

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AlukardNY That article is a week old. They're averaging even higher since. It's a disaster down there. Outrageous ! Hold Gov. Ron responsible. Impeach! HugoCancio SOSCuba AcubaponleLibertad IntervencionHumanitariaParaCuba Did someone say Florida? Time for an apocalypse issue FloridaCovid gem Blancas13467087

Yet SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER death rate than NYC.... Why? 8/3 and now DeSantis refuses to release number of cases for past two days. DanielleCBS12 And watch this video because here is the cause: Democrats probably sent Airforce planes to Florida loaded with illegal immigrants with Covid. How about we recall DeSantis for his failure of leadership. recallDeSantis

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Rich3Dawg We’re number 1? 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Rich3Dawg And DeSantis abolished all mask mandates. Makes sense to me. harm reduction? MikeSchneiderAP LOL BS For the “governor” to see this with his own eyes and still do NOTHING to help the matter. Doesn’t seem like leadership to me. Keep em sick I guess.

Don’t forget to mention that 7000 of these cases were children. School starts in a few days. The governor has signed an executive order banning schools from requiring masks. What could possibly go wrong? Davidlaz fox5dc Hell thats worth 21,000 vaccinated people right? “Cases” are propaganda. Who cares!

Can we simply 'saw' the state off the mainland and set it adrift?

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Florida and Texas have idiots running them Oopsie Daisey Now say how many deaths. Stop trying to scare people That number needs to be broken down into vaccinated vs non-vaccinated, since vaccinated people can still get the virus. This headline is misleading! Not to worry, Gov. DeathSantis is fully vaccinated he’s no fool.

Then try and imagine its governor as our predident. JFC!! This is an emergency and WHO CDCgov this state will be avoided by all visitors from overseas. They’re tracking our numbers and it’s extremely dangerous for safe travel. Why are recreational parks even open!! KenTremendous Would you please inquire as to when Governor DeSantis might expect an apology?

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RichLowry the biden surge is out of control FLORIDA USES THE ELECTRIC CHAIR TO EXECUTE HATEFUL HOMOSEXUALS THAT WILL CROSS STATE BOUNDARIES SEEKING A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN THEY ARE DETERMINED TO KILL.... well maybe we shouldn't be having hella mega stadium tours :) The GQP. Killing their own constituents. Now, that's voter suppression.

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Tell the whole story. How many were vaccinated, how many were hospitalized, how many recovered, how many were fatal.

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Way to go RonDeSantisFL Amazing how these numbers grow so much and so fast and overnight even. Also just happens to be a State where the Governor has the BALLS to call out This FAKE administration Someone should tell Rick Desantis about this. Duh! What did you think was gonna happen?... I’m using the word think because that’s what you were supposed to do. Now, step down and let somebody who gives a damn take over.

A few things seem very odd about that banner sign saying “TEST SITE AT MAX CAPACITY”. Gee, I wonder if this has anything to do with the unvaccinated Covid positive illegal aliens bussed into Florida by Joe Biden? Coincidence? “Cases”. How many deaths? Such a awful virus DeathSantis hard at work killing Floridians.

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Why are we taking about cases? The vaccine, if effective, doesn't stop you from getting Covid, it stops you from getting severe symptoms, so you don't end up in We should be looking at hospitalizations and deaths, because that's what the vaccine is supposed to help prevent. RonDeSantisFL this is YOUR record 👏

Two soldiers behind Governor, “My Mama didn’t raise no fool!” perlitar1 gkatz You misspelled “global epicenter.” Here we go again Can anyone say Desantis? 🤦‍♀️This affects us all. (Did I use the right affects/effects 🤷‍♀️) DeSantisFailedFloridaAgain Imagine the ppl not getting tested. This is insane.

Lol yeah ok You cry babies are insane. Lol my family and I have been living life normally, fear free since the beginning of this hoax So Florida is Kerala of America But how Bhakt will find it Muslim appeasement in Florida 😂

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I don't care anymore. You have access to the vaccine. If you choose not to take it and get the virus, please stay home and root for your immune system. Don't go to the hospital and burden others with your choices. That's okay MAGA will suffer greatly. Let them go down the road of ignorance and defiance it's going to cost them in the end

CBCKatie Stop Florida is smart. Herd immunity. FOR REAL. Vacinne is a joke. I still got Covid 1 month after 2nd shot. You can't vaccinate against stupid. Arizona/ dougducey : Hold my beer How many Cancer & Heart Disease cases(more deaths than Covid) Geezus, Florida. I feel frustrated for the intelligent residents actually being safe and following science. Hang in there!

Hands down Florida wins

JonLemire GovRonDeSantis How can you possibly think you have a shot at the presidency! You can’t even manage your own states health and welfare? Florida GetVaccinated protectYOURSELF It’ll recede when Death Santis get the Covid variant and meets his maker way down there —very deservedly. Not to be outdone by other countries, DeSantis is working on creating the next deadly variant. America First!

Weren't you clowns telling us a few months ago how De Santis had 'won the pandemic'? Hire some actual reporters and fire all the stenographers you have on your payroll Ouch. Max capacity.....ffs....we need to be terrified. Don’t Fauci my Florida!

WildflowerSRQ What is this going to do to “Florida Was Right” t-shirt sales? Florida is maybe 1. Not an enviable 1 Time for the Trump cult to come up with new fairy tale about corona spread to explain this. Democratic aliens secretly landed in Fla to spread Covid? PowerBallLife How many unvaccinated illegals were released into FL?

Who's conducting this experiment on Americans? This is all RonDeSantisFL fault. When leadership is that ignorant and belligerent...people DIE!! If only there was a vaccine for this terrible disease!

We're going to have to rename Covid to the Conservative Flu. wtf r u doing up How laughably predictable. Uh sure, finally, Florida is the new epicenter of the pandemic, you must be happy. Ask Florida if it cares, I doubt it does. If only American States had borders. lockdown the naughty states lol. No one out without PoV

Congrats Florida! Wishing you more. Just go all out. No rules, No masks, Don’t care, just virus spreading. DeSantis is the greatest! Just make it happen sooner please. Delta needs Florida. Florida is the best. Seniors, Delta is available near you while supplies last. notice they don't mention deaths anymore, because it's basically nil.

Don't Blame Miami for the Rolling Loud Concerts I know which state I won't be vacationing in. Good job DeathSantis, good job! And those are only the ones we know about. Bet it’s actually 5-10 times higher. I think it’s time to Fauci My Florida.

I some of them are vaccinated, because if not it’s over. It was over before it started. Rip How many deaths? Lotta old people in FL... What was the name of that woman who was persecuted for reporting that Florida was mis- and under-reporting the numbers? Well Florida off the list for place to retire. Wow, so red states are doing Dying to own the Libs 2.0? They didn't learn their lesson the first time and chose to be irresponsible citizens AGAIN? Huh...I'm just glad my political party doesn't ask me to die to prove my loyalty. Wouldn't Kult-Kool-Aid be easier?

Good for them. Bravo DeSantis! GovRonDeSantis There will be funerals. AP - Champion of fear mongering and woke virtue signaling. News with our substance. What population is getting sick? Are they vaccinated? What comorbidities did they have. AP writers clicking their heals with glee because Floridians implemented common sense practices.

How many deaths? How many hospitalizations? Cases don’t count for $hit if deaths and hospitalizations don’t follow. RonDeSantisFL, defending Floridians' freedom to die for no good reason at all, apparently. VoteBlue2022 VoteBlueToSaveAmerica voteblue2024 VOTEBLUEIN22 Democrats Dems4USA 💙🌊 💙🌊💙🌊GOPTraitors GOPBetrayedAmerica GOPLiesAboutEverything GQPDomesticTerrorists 🛑

and ron destanfis wants to run for president if we let him win then we r doomed If only someone hard warned them in time for them to do something about it. And to believe over 98% of them will survive....crazy lol. Well done GovRonDeSantis ! Your “brave” anti prevention measures seem to working well. Way to go !!!!!

Congratulations Florida! How

rockinhardygirl So it’s triple this then. If this is what he allowed to be reported chances are good it’s much worse. 8pcTenders Lol Yay! America! The land of the most deadly virus to all life on earth. Humans. How many deaths? Hospitalizations? I was looking at the numbers and the number of deaths is extremely low with only 108 last week. I can only assume Texas is the new hot spot because of the border.

Didn't they lock up the lady that was actually counting Florida's COVID-19 cases? So is this their 'We Fudged the Numbers to Look Good' statistic and the actual cases are even worse? Most probably vaccinated Not FLORIDA 🧐… Ohh I’m surprised (sarcasm) richarddeitsch I’m doing my very best to give hospital employees and doctors as much employment as I can! Our numbers are the best in this country!

Cases are going up again, but I don't see any social distancing, they've opened up all sports event's again, and people think it's all go? School's will be open again soon. seem's as if the vaccine and PLANDEMIC protocol is losing it's battle...ijs I'm just skeptical of it all! I don't hear about those brain eating amoebas down in Florida anymore, did they go extinct from starvation?

Yeah but freedumb Engdish What will it take for people to get a vaccine? Ron Deathsantis Much better headline than actually putting some real data out there fools. Sources like ap are the reason why we are stillin this madness. Do your job and cover the entire situation and quit putting out random numbers to get clicks assholes.

Slow clap….. 🙄 VonWolf9 because people won't keep their azz in their own state. lock them down & I bet Florida will have the least number of cases. What about this statistic that say's: 74% of vaccinated people are spreading the virus? Because they've been lied to by the so called medical expert's that had them to believe that once vaccinated and they couldn't catch or spread the virus; now they're being told to remask?😷🤷🏼‍♂️

What’s the cycle being used on the PCR tests? Is it higher or lower for unvaccinated people?

I wouldn't go to Florida at gunpoint. More importantly how many hospitalizations? nicoledelisle Under the stupefying leadership of DeathSantis & the GOPDeathCult To everyone saying the number of cases don’t’re WRONG! Covid causes after effects that can negatively impact your overall health. Had it in Nov 2020 and haven’t felt really good since! It’s in your best interest to try and avoid it.

MichaelEMann I lived in Florida working in construction among detestable, racist, white-trash morons. If you've never been anywhere but tourist Florida (Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Orlando, The Keys, etc.) you don't know redneck Florida, and why this is happening. It's like another country. Don't get on any cruise ships

Oh good glob Stop fighting them. Let covid take its corse with un-vaxxed. No goverment help with hospital bills or funeral bills. deathSantis Beach parties! Open Bars...denial doesn't make Covid go away!

ron desantis' Florida is a science experiment gone wrong. You can't just put out most of a housefire. Vote Death Santis OUT! Hey Florida, a Governor doesn’t have to mandate masks and vaccines, for people to use your common sense, get informed and stop listening to a man who couldn’t give a damn about you. Get vaccinated and wear a mask and save yourselves.

En Miami todos en fiesta y sin tapabocas así que ni quejarse Get off our dick bro So much Winning! This tracks Now show the percentages of asymptomatic vs symptomatic

Nobody gives a f**k about cases. How about deaths? You're not reporting that because it doesn't fit your fear-mongering narrative. 🤡🤡🤡 Florida is a super spreader state. This could have been avoided with competent leadership. Yep, epicenter of recovery. Liars. Literally no one is surprised by this I have a solution

The Delta variant is not nearly as deadly. India is over it already. Cases are irrelevant. richarddeitsch WINNING!! I say this AGAIN!!!!!!! UNVACCINATED PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE TESTED.

Sorry, FL. I wish more of you had wisdom and foresight. Remember when Politico said DeSantis had 'won the pandemic?' Attacking Florida is part of the plan from the media and Biden admin. They hate Desantis for telling Joe to pound sand. GovRonDeSantis won't let anyone infringe on his fellow Floridians religious or civil liberties! No matter the cost. Unfortunately it's lives he's playing those hands with. DontGambleOnCovid

Anti-mask & vaxers are helping nature rid the world of the human plague. The world burns & floods at the same time while a killer virus does its work. Trees will grow back. Their sacrifice temporary. There will be new animals. The human roar gone. Their Gods unknown We’ll see how deaths fair, but that’s not an encouraging sign. Depends on the demos of who’s getting sick

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Inevitable consequence of ignorance. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Again. What do they expect with their off brand Trump governor? He’s doing everything he can to keep the spread going and absolutely nothing to curb it. Go hide in your basements and double up on your masks. Us Floridians will tell you when to come up. Remember...wait for our signal.

We had 1 case here in Nova Scotia, Canada yesterday and 9 active cases…population of 1 million…I’ll leave the math to the experts. Oh yeah…we wear masks and 75% single dosed and 61% double dosed. DeathSantis thinks he is helping his corporate donor's businesses by letting people patronize those businesses without mask madates. Don't any of them realize how shortsighted that is? Those customers will be permanently unable to patronize. They'll be dead. MandateVaccines

thanks a lot RonDeSantisFL. you have proved again that you don’t care about floridians. i’m working on the covid floors (yes with an -s) a couple of days next week because our icu floors are full. we have nowhere to put patients. i’ve never seen a shittier governor. 😠 ClayTravis THE INTERNET AND THE UNVAXXED ARE TO BLAME!!!!! GET VAXXED PEOPLE OR THIS WILL NEVER END !

pattmlatimes It started as a virus and has mutated into an IQ test

Nothing to see here. Red State fail 😂😂😂 Oh, ap… you coulda saved space in your tweet. Hey GaryOldman… who knew it was Florida? Great work, GovRonDeSantis ! This is all on you. getwhatugive Will you please please take care of each other. Unbelievable when we have a vaccine. Our country is so screwed up.

Floridians wanted the government they have…. I hope all the voters in FL remember that their GOP governor GovRonDeSantis is endangering our youth with his reckless executive order. GetVaccinatedNow AGAIN The real meaning of mess around and find out

the drpreezy effect Holy shit people. FreeDumb I'm *everywhere* in Florida. DeSantis is a deliberate and extreme danger to America Let's open that border JustinTrudeau great idea Its probably much worse than that. De satanis hijacked the covid reporting processes early on in the pandemic to hide the truth from the public.

Why are they testing if they don’t believe in it? Should have listened to Fauci🤷🏽‍♀️

CaseyHinds I will never understand the reasoning behind the GOP wanting their base dead. It's a puzzle... Lololololo that’s such awesome news. Trumpees falling like flies. Lololololo Way to go Florida! The ppl and the governor never let us down!!👍🏻 I hate politics. It destroy lives. Kurdishgenocide KurdeGenocide

GeoffRBennett Sounds like too many. And schools, which can’t mandate masks, haven’t even opened yet. Again, if DeSantis were actively and openly trying to help Covid destroy as many lives as possible, what would he be doing differently? How many deaths stop the nonsense A random guy on Facebook told me that it's all fabrication though so I'm not sure who to believe.

Cases are irrelevant, report deaths & hospitalizations. GeoffRBennett This is probably what they mean when they talk about owning the libs... Wow, got to be proud Florida! We dont believe the lies anymore. How’s that no 😷 executive order looking DeathSantis GovRonDeSantis RonDeSantisFL? Ur hellbent on killing Floridians 2 OwnTheLibs. Do the right thing & allow local jurisdictions to make their own decisions mask mandates so you don’t end up w/ bunch of dead kids on your 🙌🏾 .

Texas and Florida have done way better than New York New Jersey Massachusetts Pennsylvania Michigan. Please grasp basic math concepts. TylerIAm Thanks RonDeSantisFL what wonderful leadership Again can we vote to get rid of Florida as a state and make them there own country Weird a game show host could not manage global pandemic