Florida counties fight coronavirus surge by closing beaches, mailing out masks – NBC News

On Tuesday, the county government voted unanimously to mandate facial coverings, following demonstrations and what Kerner called “a great deal of passionate perspectives on both sides of the concern.”

” Whats not in disagreement is that facial coverings and masks help stop the spread of COVID-19,” Kerner stated.
In Palm Beach County, there have actually been 12,498 cases with 490 deaths. On Thursday alone there were 650 brand-new COVID-19 cases, Kerner said.
Statewide, there have been almost 123,000 cases and more than 3,300 deaths, according to the state health department.
Miami-Dade County needs masks when inside in businesses. Some cities in Miami-Dade County, consisting of Miami, North Miami Beach and Hialeah, have actually also needed masks to be used in public places.

The Florida Department of Health recommends that all locals wear masks in public and keep their distance from others, but there is no statewide mask required.
Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked Friday at a press conference why there was no statewide mask requirement and he stated, “were going to continue to put out the guidance, and were going to trust individuals to make great choices.”

Florida on Friday prohibited the usage of alcohol at bars statewide in action to the increasing numbers of cases, although bars had actually not yet been permitted to reopen in Miami-Dade and some other South Florida counties.

In the middle of increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in Florida, all beaches in Miami-Dade County will be closed for the July 4 weekend, the countys top executive stated Friday.
Beaches and parks will likewise be off-limits for public viewing of fireworks, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said in a statement. “Fireworks screens need to be viewed from ones home or parked lorry,” he said.

In Miami-Dade County, more than 30,100 cases have been verified with 946 deaths, according to the state health department. There were 1,528 brand-new cases reported there Friday, which are cases through Thursday.
Gimenez order will also prohibit any gathering, consisting of parades, of more than 50 individuals “for whatever factor” from July 3 to 7.
In Palm Beach County, which is north of Miami, the mayor on Friday stated that multiple-use face masks will be mailed to all 660,000 houses there.
The county bought 1.5 million recyclable masks which will be mailed to every house in the county, County Mayor Dave Kerner said.

Gimenez stated he will sign the order Saturday closing beaches July 3 to July 7.
” As we continue to see more COVID-19 positive test results among young people and increasing hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to tamp down this recent uptick is to punish leisure activities that put our overall neighborhood at greater threat,” Gimenez said,
Florida is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. When 5,508 new cases were reported and then set a new high Friday when 8,942 cases were reported, the state broke its single-day record on Wednesday.
Beachgoers take benefit of the opening of South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida on June 10, 2020. Cliff Hawkins/ Getty Images file
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Phil Helsel

Phil Helsel is a press reporter for NBC News.