8/4/2020 6:27 p.m. EDT
Florida on Tuesday reported a low number of new infections, compared to the trends the state has seen over the past month, but a near-record high of new deaths. There were 5,446 new cases and 247 new deaths, the third highest amount reported in a single day.
Florida’s agriculture commissioner unveiled a public awareness campaign that urges Floridians to keep their distance and wear masks to lower the risk of coronavirus infections.
Dr. Raul Pino, of the Florida Department of Health, answered a News 6 question about when mask mandates will no longer be necessary. According to him, that won’t be until months after a vaccine is available.
Health care status
As of Tuesday evening, 7,857 patients were receiving treatment in a Florida hospital. FDOH numbers show there were 586 new patients since its last report who are now receiving treatment for the virus. Since March, 27,952 people have been hospitalized because of COVID-19.
A Seminole County principal took News 6 on a tour to show what classrooms will look like come fall, pointing out new safety measures such as spaced out desks and more PPE. In Lake County, the district announced it will provide rapid testing to students and staff before the semester begins.
Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday reported that its net income fell dramatically in the three-month period that ended in June when most of its theme parks were shuttered and theatrical movie releases were postponed.
Businesses & facilities
Bar and restaurant owners in DeLand are hoping the commission will consider allowing open containers in the street in an effort to drum up business.
SunRail and Lynx have said workers are thoroughly cleaning its trains and buses to keep the services operational during the pandemic.
How to help
If you’d like to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a list of groups to which you can donate.