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Your Wednesday Coronavirus Update: Florida Reports 5,178 New Coronavirus Cases, 76 Additional Deaths

Photo: JG Gellidon
Photo: JG Gellidon

Florida reported 5,178 new coronavirus cases today for a total of 2,222,546 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. 

According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and analyzed by NPR, the average daily caseload has remained around 5,566 cases a day. 

That’s a 18 percent decrease from last week’s average daily caseload, and a 4 percent decrease from the average daily cases two weeks ago. 

The state also added 76 new coronavirus-related deaths for a death toll of 35,030 residents. More than 90,000 people have been hospitalized. 

Some 8,684,024 people have been vaccinated so far in the Sunshine State.

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COVID-19 Has Hit The Amish Community Hard. Still, Vaccines Are A Hard Sell

Despite deaths and high infection rates, the parts of Ohio where the Amish live have the state’s lowest vaccination rates. Most Amish aren’t getting vaccinated; the few who do aren’t open about it. Read more here.
As Opioid Deaths Surge, Biden Team Moves To Make Buprenorphine Treatment Mainstream

With the deadly opioid fentanyl pushing overdose deaths to record levels, federal officials hope buprenorphine will save lives in parts of the country where the drug is rarely prescribed. Read more here.
CDC: If You’re Vaccinated, You Don’t Need To Mask Outdoors (Unless You’re In A Crowd)

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Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.