Florida News That Impact You – October 20th, 2021


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On Tuesday, 2,122 new COVID-19 cases were reported. Florida’s weekly trend for cases is now 88% lower than peak levels in mid-August. Furthermore, there were 99 fewer Floridians are hospitalized with COVID-19 today. Entering Wednesday 2,535 people were hospitalized with the virus statewide.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said the state has now recovered 80% of the jobs lost due to the pandemic. Additionally, the state’s total workforce has reached a record high, exceeding the peak levels of February of last year, the last month prior to the impact of the pandemic in Florida. On a related note, Amazon is hiring 10,500 seasonal employees for the holiday season in Florida. The jobs pay between $15 to $17.50 an hour. This is in addition to the 8,000 full-time employees the company was already in the process of hiring in Florida. 

Lastly, Governor DeSantis is offering Florida’s ports as a part of a solution to ease the supply-chain crisis nationally. Following the announcement, several ships en route to the United States are said to be rerouted to Florida’s ports.

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