Today teachers unions and parents in Florida sued Governor Ron DeSantis over his emergency order that schools reopen fully in August despite the state’s surging coronavirus cases and deaths, the New York Times reported. In the first known suit of its kind in the United States, the plaintiffs accused DeSantis of breaking a state law mandating “safe” and “secure” schools and asked the court to give jurisdiction over reopening to local school superintendents and health departments. The positive testing rate in Florida rose to 14.7%, the highest in a week, up from 5% in May. Public health experts have urged school districts to delay in-person schooling if their region has a positive testing rate higher than 5%. Today, Florida recorded another 10,347 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 360,394, as well as 92 more deaths, for a total of 5,183, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. At least 2,400 deaths (46.3%) have occurred in long-term care facilities. While today’s death count did not approach the Jul 16 record of 156, it did continue an upward trajectory indicating that deaths are gaining on numbers of new daily cases. There were 9,475 hospitalized patients today, up from 9,351 yesterday, pushing capacities to the brink, with the highest numbers in Miami-Dade County, followed by Broward and Palm Beach counties.

 

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