Florida News That Impacts You – April 29th, 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 trend for new COVID-19 cases continued for a seventh straight day on Wednesday as 5,178 new cases were reported by the Florida Department of Health. Florida’s weekly trend for cases has dropped below 5,500 as is the lowest Since April 4th.
- Vaccination rates are lower this week than last despite the re-launch of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine reflecting waning demand for vaccinations. Just under 8.7 million Floridians, or about 40% of the state’s population has been vaccinated with at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 6 million Floridians having now completed a vaccine series.
- After having died in committee as stand-alone legislation, the State Legislature passed an amendment to a charter schools bill including the so-called “ban on transgender sports participation”. Under the provision, which now heads to Governor DeSantis, athletes would have to compete in their biological gender.
- Today is the day Monroe County’s Mosquito Control is set to begin to release genetically modified mosquitos into the Florida Keys. The lab-created mosquitos created by the British firm Oxitec, are sterile males designed to attempt to breed out mosquito populations. The plan was approved last year by Florida’s Agriculture Department.
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