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Florida adds more than 7,100 new cases, 62 new deaths
Updated Friday at 3:35 p.m.
Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 7,121 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday. According to the state’s Department of Health, the state has a total of 2,111,807 confirmed positive cases.
Friday’s update also included the announcement of 62 deaths from new residents, bringing the nationwide number of Floridians who died to 33,968. Including non-resident deaths, the death toll from COVID-19 is 34,626.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties account for 11,283 of the reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 49 deaths from COVID-19.
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Vaccination frenzy dwindles as cases skyrocket by nearly 8,000
Updated at 6:30 a.m. on Friday
With vaccination sites popping up daily in shopping malls, churches and parks across South Florida, the urgency to reach as many people as possible was underscored Thursday when nearly 8,000 COVID-19 cases were counted across the state.
The 7,939 cases reported by Florida health officials are the largest increase since 8,525 on February 11.
Another 517 cases were reported in Palm Beach County, the second highest daily jump since February 25.
– By Jane Musgrave / The Palm Beach Post
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Is your Coral Gables trash collection delayed? That may be the reason
Updated Friday at 6:19 am
COVID-19 infections among plumbing workers across Miami-Dade County have caused delays in servicing some businesses, apartments and condominiums in Coral Gables in recent weeks, according to the city and contractor Waste Management.
Coral Gables and the company spokespersons say the city’s bi-weekly garbage collection has been rolled back after two garbage disposal teams were withdrawn due to coronavirus infections and exposures, adding some security to the operation.
The contract workers take care of garbage and recycling for all commercial and apartment buildings in the city. Waste Management doesn’t care about single family homes in Coral Gables town.
– By Samantha J. Gross / The Miami Herald
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