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Over 21,000 COVID-19 Cases Are Filed In Florida On A Daily Basis, Making It The State With The Highest Daily COVID-19 Case Count.
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Over 21,000 COVID-19 Cases Are Filed In Florida On A Daily Basis, Making It The State With The Highest Daily COVID-19 Case Count.


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

The state has emerged as the virus's new national epicenter, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all new cases in the United States.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has opposed mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and has limited local officials' ability to impose COVID-19-related restrictions. DeSantis barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month.

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

The Florida Hospital Association reported Friday that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state are approaching last year's peak, and one of the state's largest health care systems, AdventHealth's Central Florida Division, announced this week that it would no longer perform non-emergency surgeries to free up resources for COVID-19 patients.

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

On Saturday, all employees at Universal's Florida park were required to wear masks while indoors as the company resumed social distancing. The home of Harry Potter and Despicable Me rides also asked visitors to follow federal and local health guidelines by voluntarily wearing face coverings indoors.

Universal said in a statement, "The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority."

According to health officials, coronavirus cases in Florida have increased by 50% in the last week, with COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state approaching last year's peak.

On Saturday, SeaWorld announced on its website that visitors should follow recently updated federal recommendations and wear face coverings while inside.

The policy change at the theme park resorts this week came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors.

On Friday, Walt Disney World began requiring employees and guests over the age of two to wear masks, but the Walt Disney Company also announced that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the United States who work on site will be required to be fully vaccinated.

Employees who have not yet been vaccinated will have 60 days to do so, and those who are still working from home will be required to show proof of vaccination before returning. Disney said it was discussing 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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