Miami-Dade County Latest To Re-Up Mask Requirements Amid Delta Variant Surge

by Jeremy

Miami-Dade County will require all residents to wear masks inside county facilities, effective immediately, amid the surge in COVID-19 cases linked to the highly virulent delta strain of the coronavirus. Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said the new mandates come amid an “alarming” rise in COVID-19 cases across the region, including an uptick in positive test results and hospitalizations. The Democratic mayor said almost all of the admissions are among unvaccinated residents.

“The facts are clear: The vast majority of those who are now ending up in the hospital due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated, and many are otherwise healthy young people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s,” Levine Cava wrote on Twitter. “We have come too far and sacrificed too much to turn back now. Our economy is just beginning to rebound, and we must build on the progress we have made. We all must do our part to control the spread and to keep our loved ones safe, and our community is moving forward.”

Every state in the nation is seeing a rise in coronavirus cases, despite months into a mass vaccination campaign. A vast majority of those cases, 83% as of last week, are linked to the delta variant, which has upended reopening plans and prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend masks in some regions across the nation again, regardless of vaccination status.

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