MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – Florida Health officials said infection and mortality data on its online Covid-19 dashboard is no longer updated daily, but instead is updated weekly.
The state health ministry cited declining cases in an increasing number of people vaccinated to stop the daily reports.
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As of Friday, the dashboard reported 2.3 million COVID cases in Florida since the outbreak began more than a year ago, with nearly 37,000 Floridians dying.
The Miami Herald reports that weekly data will focus more on vaccinations, including data on what percentage of people over the age of 12 have been vaccinated.
“More than 10.3 million Floridians have been vaccinated – that’s more than half of Florida’s eligible population. 85 percent of Florida seniors are vaccinated. Florida’s case positivity has been below 5% for more than three weeks. Cases in seniors 65 and older are the lowest since the pandemic began, “Florida Department of Health director Weesam Khoury told the Miami Herald.
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The surge in vaccination rates and other health improvements related to the virus outbreak resulted in Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady allowing the courts to lift masking and social distancing requirements during trial.
Canady said in a press release that jury trials, especially criminal trials, take precedence over in-person trials. Many hearings continue remotely to ensure resources can focus on these attempts.
The order allows top judges across the state to begin dropping mask and spacing requirements starting June 21 and August 2 at the latest.
State testing sites were closed last month and state vaccine sites are slated to close by the end of June, the newspaper reported. Florida’s plan is to leave vaccine distribution to the county health departments and local providers, including doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and clinics.
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