Florida News That Impact You - Dec. 4th

This is a recap of some of the biggest news from around the state that impact you in South Florida. Florida’s daily COVID case count, with nearly 10,900 cases reported Thursday, was the highest reported since July 25th. Florida’s peak day for cases occurred on July 12th with 15,400 cases reported.

A new University of Florida study on COVID-19 published in the medical journals Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, showed the potential for OTC drugs to combat the spread of the virus. According to their findings, of more than 250,000 COVID patients, antihistamines were shown to lessen the chance of COVID-19 infecting cells. Making those taking antihistamines less likely to contract the coronavirus. The study is now moving to human testing.

In other news, according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, unemployment insurance will more than double for businesses paying the minimum rate required under law due to the spike in unemployment payouts this year. The minimum rate per employee will rise from $7 in 2020 to $20.30 in 2021.

Lastly, the good news on the jobs front continues in Florida as the state’s weekly unemployment claims reached yet another new low since the pandemic began. Florida’s unemployment rate at 6.5% is already lower than the national average of 6.9% and will likely continue to decrease based on the recent unemployment filing trends.

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