Florida News that impacts you – July 31st
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- All state emergency management and first responder teams are on standby if needed during the potential impact of Hurricane Isaias. The state has 20 million masks available for Floridians and seven search and rescue teams have been activated for deployment if needed.
- According to the Florida Public Service Commission, approximately 600,000 Floridians are behind on paying utility bills, about half of which are FPL customers. While FPL has isn’t turning off power as of yet – there's concern when the determination is made to do so. Customers struggling to pay power bills are encouraged to contact their providers to discuss options moving forward.
- Norwegian Cruise lines has canceled all cruises through October. This is longer than the current federal mandate and is likely to be followed by other companies.
- A UCF study suggests the pandemic in Florida will peak in August and gradually decline through the fall and winter. This comes on back of Florida reporting a new daily high for COVID deaths, 252, but with fewer than 10,000 new cases reported for a fifth consecutive day. Florida’s current average of daily cases are the lowest since July 12th and the daily trend has been dropping since July 17th. All COVID-19 testing at state labs is suspended as hurricane Isaias passes Florida and will resume no later than next Wednesday.