The state reviews 56 new COVID circumstances in Florida Keys on native information over the weekend

With anyone aged 18 and over eligible to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County reported 56 new cases of the coronavirus in the Florida Keys as of Friday, April 2.

The new cases bring the total number of keys to 6,531 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

Of the new cases in the county, 17 were reported in Key West, 10 in Big Pine Key, nine in Marathon, five in Tavernier and Islamorada, four in Key Largo, three in Cudjoe, two non-Florida residents, and one new case in Key Colony Beach.

So far, Key West has reported 3,068 cases, while Key Largo is getting closer to 1,000 cases at 990. Other areas with more than 100 cases are Marathon (737), Tavernier (480), Islamorada (227), Summerland Key (165), and Big Pine Key (152).

There have been 49 COVID-related deaths in the Florida Keys.

Nationwide, 2,081,826 cases were reported in Florida, resulting in 33,674 deaths.

There are currently five people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Monroe County.

The Florida Key’s positivity rate remains below the state; The state rate was 7.02% while Monroe County is 6.64%.

Starting Monday April 5, Governor Ron DeSantis extended vaccination availability to anyone 18 years or older in Florida.

More than 6 million people have been vaccinated in Florida, according to the state’s COVID-19 data and monitoring dashboard. In Monroe County, 25,155 people were vaccinated against COVID-19, which is roughly a third of the population of the Keys.

The Monroe County School District reported on its COVID-19 that 300 cases have been reported since the school year began in August. 223 of these cases involved students, 38 were teachers and 39 school staff.

Monroe County continues to be under a mask update as passed by the Board of County Commissioners. All individuals over the age of 6 are required to wear face-covering in a Monroe County store, according to the local health department. The mandate expires on June 1st.

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