TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Florida reported 16,038 new COVID-19 cases to the federal government on Tuesday, the highest number of new cases since Jan. 15, federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.
The Tuesday total was the seventh consecutive day in which Florida reported more than 12,000 new cases and came as the CDC issued guidelines advising fully vaccinated people to wear masks while indoors in public places. The increased numbers and new CDC guidance have come as the delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps across the nation and as many people remain unvaccinated.
With the increase in cases Tuesday, Florida’s seven-day “moving” average of new cases was 13,502. Florida also reported 92 deaths on Tuesday and had a seven-day average of 57 deaths, according to the CDC data.
Nationwide, an additional 80,701 new COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday, meaning Florida accounted for about 20 percent of the newly reported cases for the day. The 92 deaths reported in Florida were about 22 percent of the COVID-19 deaths reported nationwide.
The CDC’s new guidelines Tuesday advised people, including those who are fully vaccinated, to wear masks in schools and areas of “substantial or high” transmission. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters that “new science related to the delta variant” of the coronavirus prompted the change.
Here in South Florida, Broward County Public school students will be required to wear masks at the start of the new school year. Miami-Dade Public Schools will require masks on buses and are still deciding whether to mandate masks on campus and Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has mandated masks at all county-owned buildings.