As the number of coronavirus cases continues to dramatically increase, Florida has now been deemed the new “epicenter” of the pandemic, recording a whopping 15,299 positive cases in a single day. Many are blaming the surge on a plethora of reasons, including haphazard government leadership, disjointed closures, and just a sheer unwillingness to abide by proper social distancing guidelines – all of which has put an entire population of people with immuno-compromised systems, such as the elderly, at risk.
It is understandable that many of us would like to get back to some sense of normalcy, especially since the end of the coronavirus pandemic appears to be nowhere in sight. For the past few weeks, the number of positive cases has skyrocketed around the country, with Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas being the hardest hit. And even as Disney World opens its doors this week, residents of our great state are starting to wonder if the rush to reopen perhaps wasn’t the best decision.
According to the daily statistics from the Florida Health Department released early Friday morning, a record-breaking 8,942 new coronavirus cases have been documented in the state, which is nearly double the amount from the previous day. And as this deadly disease continues to wreak havoc across the country, many nursing home residents are left wondering if the endless days of quarantine will ever be over.
As Florida quickly closes in on 100,000 confirmed positive tests for COVID-19, Disney World has just announced their plans to begin a “phased reopening” of its amusement parks next month. The popular Orlando tourist destination was forced to close its doors back in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak that has since swept the world with devastating force.
For over two weeks now, the daily amount of positive coronavirus cases has skyrocketed to alarming numbers in Florida, with many experts fearing that the state is quickly becoming a new epicenter for the deadly disease. And as residents prepare themselves for this potential “second wave”, thousands of cruise ship workers have yet to see any sort of relief from the first round of outbreaks.
The latest reports from the Florida Health Department paint a grim picture in the ongoing battle that elder care facilities are facing in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. According to these shocking statistics, only 6% of the state’s 700 nursing homes and 3,100 assisted living facilities have been tested. The Freedom Square of Seminole in Pinellas County is currently suffering from one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks, with 24 of its residents having already succumbed to this deadly disease.
Multiple states from around the nation, including Florida, have started the process of transitioning into the “new normal” admist the coronavirus pandemic by phasing in the reopening of beaches, restaurants, gyms, hair salons, and other recreational businesses. And while a majority of residents appear to be in agreement with this decision, many more are still struggling with whether or not this move is too soon for the Sunshine State’s elderly population.
In yet another serious setback for the already-frail and failing cruise ship industry, the United States Congress announced earlier this month that they have started an investigation into the Carnival Corporation & PLC, owner of the Princess-line of cruise ships, which has suffered an incredible amount of coronavirus cases since the outbreak began back in March.
These certainly are some strange times we’re living in. On April 28th, 2020, the United States reached one of the most abysmal milestones in history, with over one million people testing positive for the novel coronavirus. And as multiple governors across the country prepare to strategically reopen their states, including Governor Ron DeSantis, many of us are left with more questions than answers.
On March 14th, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a “no-sail” order for the entire cruise ship industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details from this report indicate concerns from the director of the CDC who “has reason to believe that cruise ship travel may continue to introduce, transmit, or spread COVID-19.” This drastic, but necessary move by government health officials was to be expected – especially if you consider how contagious this deadly disease is, combined with the fact that cruise ships are typically stuffed to the brim with passengers. It was only a matter of time before these luxury liners became breeding grounds for the coronavirus.