Florida News that impacts you – February 11th, 2021
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- Florida had 7,537 new diagnosed COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday according to the Florida Department of Health. The total is slightly higher than the prior Wednesday, placing the weekly average trend of cases at around 7,600 cases – on par with where we were on November 28th.
- The flow of COVID vaccines into Florida continues to be challenged. According to the state’s daily vaccine report – only 17,558 first doses of vaccine were administered on Tuesday. The total is less than half the already decreased totals from the prior week and Florida has now administered more second doses than first doses for 11 consecutive days.
- Today is the day Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie stores are added to the vaccine distribution chain within Florida. A total of 162 stores will begin to receive vaccines as part of the federal government’s new Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. There are participating Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart locations in Broward and Miami-Dade – there aren’t any within Palm Beach County. Each location will receive up to 210 vaccines to administer per day.
- A new/old invasive mosquito species has been identified in South Florida. State and local researchers confirmed the Aedes scapularis mosquito in Broward and Miami-Dade. The species is native to South America and part of the Caribbean. It was last identified in Florida 75 years ago. And lucky us...this species is more aggressive than native mosquitos.
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