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Another COVID-19 variant has shown up in Florida as Delta rages on

Subscribe to Fortune Daily to get essential business stories straight to your inbox each morning. While the Delta variant surges across the country, another mutation of COVID-19 is starting to spread among patients in Florida. Health care officials in Miami say the new variant—which is currently called B.1.621—now makes up about 10% of the cases there.
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Governor to bar schools from requiring masks

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he will issue an executive order barring local school districts from forcing students to wear masks when classes resume next month even as the state’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to skyrocket toward levels not seen since before vaccines became widely available.
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COVID alarm sounded over City Hall meetings

Wilton Manors is trying to make sure they aren’t dealing with a potential superspreader event. A maskless person at a Wilton Manors meeting at City Hall tested positive for COVID-19 and could have infected others, officials said Friday, so they’ve sent out an email blast telling people to watch for symptoms. City Commissioner Gary Resnick said there were “a lot” of people at two back-to-back ...
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Top Florida Pediatrician: Universal Masking In Schools Is 'Our Only Option' Amid Delta Surge

Florida’s latest surge in COVID-19 cases, fueled by the super-contagious Delta variant, is prompting local governments to reconsider their mask policies. Leaders of the Broward County school district had expected to lift a mask mandate for the upcoming academic year, but, facing the new onslaught of the virus, the school board voted earlier this week to keep it in place. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis responded swiftly with a threat to call a special legislative session to stop Broward and other districts from mandating masks. Then he said he planned to take care of it with an executive order.
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Gov. DeSantis outlaws mask mandate in Broward schools

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Friday that strikes down a mask mandate imposed this week by Broward schools, the only district in the state to require them. The order states that “a right of a normal education is imperative to the growth and development of our children and adolescents.” It gives parents the right to ignore any COVID-19 mask mandates in schools. Richard Corcoran, ...
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Hialeah Honors Doctors Jorge, Carlos Vallejo With Street Renaming

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The City of Hialeah is honoring the legacy of two renowned doctors in a big way. On Friday Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, Chairmain for District 12 Jose ‘Pepe’ Diaz and other elected officials paid tribute to doctors Jorge Vallejo and Carlos Vallejo by renaming West 18th Lane to West 84th Street in their names. The Vallejos are CBS4’s Jessica Vallejo’s late grandfather and uncle. A gesture both family and friends say will keep their memory alive forever. “We name a lot of streets sometimes. The mayor and I have that job, but I will tell you, this one is very special. Not only for the people sitting here in front of me but for the two gentlemen that this name and this street represents,” said Diaz. “The legacy he leaves behind is us me and my brother we’re both going to be doctors,my sister is going to be a nurse. We’re going to continue on his name and continue the Vallejo legacy,” said Charles Vallejo. Doctor Jorge Vallejo and Carlos Vallejo died just months apart after contracting the coronavirus last year.
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Office Incentives for Alton Road and Sunset Harbour in Miami Beach But No Hotel for Developer Ronny Finvarb

As expected, Miami Beach Commissioners approved new incentives for Class A office developments on parts of Alton Road and Sunset Harbour. The initiatives are part of the City's efforts to diversify its tourism dependent economy after several recent economic blows from hurricanes, Zika, and, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic. Approval of the Sunset Harbour Overlay, which includes a prohibition on hotels, could land the City in court, however, after Commissioners narrowly defeated an exception for developer Ronny Finvarb to build a hotel on a property he put under contract with a nonrefundable deposit prior to the prohibition being discussed.
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South Florida’s music venues, theaters and museums just received a $174.7 million lifeline

At least 209 pandemic-hit South Florida music clubs, theaters, museums and movie-houses have gotten the good news they had long awaited: a $174.7 million chunk of federal grants. For devastated entertainment venues, some in danger of closing, the big payout from the $16.2 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is the first optimistic sign in 18 months that fall cultural events, ...
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Florida coronavirus cases jump 50% as surge continues

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally, becoming the outbreak's epicenter. Friday's report by the Health Department came shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis barred school districts from requiring students...
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Dr. Barbara Sharief Condemns Republican Inaction over COVID

[MIRAMAR] – Today, Dr. Barbara Sharief, candidate for Florida’s 20th Congressional District, spoke out against Republican inaction in the face of soaring Covid infection rates throughout the state. “In times of crisis, we need strong leadership at every level of government to protect our communities–but Republicans here seem more concerned...