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🏥 Jackson Memorial Hospital has amended its visitation policy in light of surging COVID-19 case numbers. Effective as of 7 a.m. today, the number of visitors allowed in hospital emergency departments and patient rooms will be limited to try to reduce spread of the no-longer-so-novel coronavirus.
Per a Local 10 article detailing the revised guidelines, “Outpatient guests will be required to stay in the waiting room or lobby and only one ‘healthy’ guest will be permitted.” The story adds input from experts like Florida International University infectious disease expert Dr. Aileen Marty; according to her, South Florida is in for tough days ahead amid lagging vaccination rates and the absence of enforceable public health measures.
“As cases go up, people start to use their public health measures, that halts the spread and then they see ‘Oh, things are going down’ — their behavior changes again and that brings another upswing,” she said. Last week, Miami-Dade reported more than 7,000 new infections, the largest caseload increase documented in months.
In other news…
🇨🇺 The Biden administration is reportedly re-examining federal policy concerning Cuba. The internal review follows recent demonstrations against the Cuban government in Miami, Washington D.C., and the island itself. According to an unnamed White House official who spoke with the Miami Herald, changes are being considered with regards to staffing at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the ability for Americans to send remittances to loved ones still in Cuba, and facilitating internet access on the island. (Miami Herald)
✍️ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law allocating $400 million for environmental conservation funds on Monday. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Act seeks to create a corridor of public and private spaces across the state where critical landscapes and wildlife can flourish. It’s worth noting that the bill was passed with rare bipartisan support in the state legislature earlier this year. (WPTV)
💰 A new report has found that it’s impossible for anyone making minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market prices in Florida. Unfortunately, this grim reality is true for every state in the country; the chasm between wages and housing prices just happens to be particularly wide in the Sunshine State. 👎 Per the 2021 Out of Reach report shared by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Floridians need to make $24.82 an hour — or if you prefer, $51,619 annually — in order to afford a two-bedroom place without having to stress about addressing other living needs. Some system we’ve got here, huh? (WSVN / Orlando Sentinel)