Yesterday was the first day of loosened restrictions on the State of Florida, per the governor, even as many residents remained hesitant about the risks of going out, watching the total number of COVID-19 cases inch closer and closer to 40,000 and the fatalities exceed 1,500. Under Phase One of Safe, Smart, and Step by Step, the Plan for Florida’s Recovery
, only a few things were permitted to change, such as restaurants opening to 25% capacity inside and more breathable revenue possibilities outside if they have the tables and chairs to make it work. Local hair salons and barber shops had to hold for the governor’s okay, which was expected to come later in the week.
Among the major benchmarks for reopening, the Florida Department of Health has introduced new metrics for syndromic surveillance, epidemiology and outbreak decline, and health care capability. Syndromic surveillance is about tracking data in various towns and cities and counties across the state looking for unusual trends and possible outbreaks for the virus. A study of outbreak decline would specifically analyze positive results to counterbalance the negative. And health care capability is meant to ensure hospitals are not only in full readiness mode, but that they are consistently capable of sustaining that readiness.
The most prominent cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been across South Florida with the exception of Orange County at fourth on the list, with more than 10,000 case shy of the county with the highest confirmed cases, at 11,570. Seminole County comes in at number 15, with less than 400 cases so far and one of the lowest fatality counts in Central Florida.
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