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Florida’s daily virus cases drop from last month



ORLANDO: Florida reported 11,275 new daily cases on Friday, about half the number from last month.
Florida was averaging more than 21,000 cases a day in August.
Epidemiologists say the state’s rates of vaccination has outpaced the national average, but it hasn’t been enough to keep the highly contagious delta variant at bay because of the Florida’s large elderly population and low vaccination rates among younger groups.
AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division says the number of Covid-19 patients at its hospitals stands at 850 people, several hundred patients fewer than this summer.
Florida has reported nearly 3.5 million confirmed cases and 51,240 confirmed deaths.
Elsewhere, a disaster relief organisation founded by actor Sean Penn is helping Georgia’s drive to vaccinate people against the coronavirus.
CORE, or Community Organized Relief Effort, has offered vaccines at hundreds of pop-up clinics around the state, including schools, farmers’ markets and meat plants.
Only 46% of the state is fully vaccinated, well below the national average of 54%.
CORE offers vaccines for free. Funding for community outreach comes from a foundation backed by the billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank, and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The group plans to spend more time offering vaccines to employees at work sites, where turnout is better, said Margaret Herro, CORE’s Georgia director.
CORE is also offering vaccines in Washington, D.C., Oakland, California, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles and a county in North Carolina. Penn started the organization in 2010 after a catastrophic earthquake killed thousands in Haiti.
Meanwhile, South Carolina is setting records for Covid-19 hospitalisations, and new cases are approaching the peak levels of last winter.
Since ending South Carolina’s state of emergency on June 7, Republican governor Henry McMaster has maintained that parents alone should decide if children wear masks in schools, even as the state’s new cases soared from 150 a day on average to more than 5,000.
Now teachers, students and parents are struggling with the fallout as more young people contract the Delta variant, forcing nearly two dozen schools and two entire districts back to online learning within a month of returning in person.
State health and education officials say the statewide mask ban in schools took away one of their best tools to stop the spread of the Covid-19. The state hit nearly 2,600 Covid-19 patients hospitalised in early September, a record.
“We spiked the football too early. Instead of continuing to listen to medical professionals and interpreting the data, he has been guided by Republican Governors Association talking points,” Democratic state Sen. Marlon Kimpson of Charleston said.
Some lawmakers from both parties are pushing for a special session to repeal the rule and allow local governments to make decisions. The state Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit over whether the mask provision is legal.



Source from timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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