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COVID Variant Spike: Florida hits all time high

Ron DeSantis
Health care workers wear personal protective equipment as they stand in front of a mobile testing lab during a news conference at a COVID-19 testing site at Hard Rock Stadium, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida recorded it’s biggest one-day spike in COVID-19 infections on the last day of July due to the Delta variant. The CDC says Florida reported over 21,600 cases on Saturday.

The spike is a 12% jump over the previous record in January, which was Florida’s worst month during the pandemic.

July looks like the start of Florida’s third COVID-19 peak and accounts for over 21-percent of the country’s new COVID cases. Florida also reported 108 COVID-related deaths on Saturday.

The CDC reports not only is the Delta variant extremely transmissible, but another variant originating in Colombia is also being brought freely over the Southern Border by migrants.
Health officials are on high alert as cases of a Covid-19 variant discovered in Colombia are rising in South Florida.
Variant B.1.621 now accounts for about 10 per cent of coronavirus patients in Miami, according to Carlos Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health System.

West Palm Beach joins Palm Beach County, and several other municipalities in mandating mask-wearing in government buildings.