Florida News that impacts you – February 17th, 2021
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- Florida’s improved trend for new COVID-19 cases continued on Tuesday. A day after the FDOH reported the fewest new COVID cases since October 31st, 6,297 new cases were reported on Tuesday. That total brought the weekly average trend for cases down to 6,600 – the lowest since November 17th. However...
- Florida continues to struggle with a dearth of new vaccines making their way into our state. While over 33,000 vaccination took place on Monday, fewer than 17,000 first doses were available for use. Florida’s population adjusted percentage of vaccines has declined by 66% under the Biden administration. Related...
- Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said a Moderna shipment of 208,000 vaccines set to arrive in Florida this week has been delayed due to the winter storms throughout the country. He said the delay could last several days.
- According to Visit Florida, total tourists visiting Florida in 2020 dropped 34% due to the pandemic. The total of just under 87 million visitors was the lowest since 2010, although a strong fourth quarter helped prevent a sharper drop-off.
- Spring Training baseball is back with 15 teams opening camp with pitchers and catchers reporting. This includes the St. Louis Cardinals opening camp at Roger Dean Stadium today along with the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The Miami Marlins open camp tomorrow.
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