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Naples Daily News

What can Florida cities and counties do to control COVID spike? New law limits options

A Florida law allowing Gov. Ron DeSantis to invalidate local emergency orders is coming under fire as the state earlier this week lead the nation in new COVID-19 infections. A national advocacy group, Committee to Protect Health Care, said the governor has tied the hands of local governments which need more robust safety measures or people will die. Florida’s Democratic Congressional delegation is calling on the governor to rescind policies contained in SB 2006, which prevent local governments from instituting COVID-19 restrictions, according to a July 22 letter signed by the 10 Democrats in the delegation.

Tallahassee Democrat

Leon County to require COVID vaccine for all employees, may be among first in the country to do so

Leon County employees will now be required to get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as cases of the highly-transmissible delta variant spread rampantly throughout Florida.  In an interview, County Administrator Vince Long said he believed Leon County was the first in the country to require vaccinations of all employees.  A memo Wednesday from Long indicates all new and current employees have until Oct. 1 to receive a vaccination and provide verification to the county's internal Human Resources department.

WFLA

All Florida counties should mask up indoors, new CDC guidance says

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now/WFLA) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully-vaccinated Americans who live in areas with “substantial and high” transmission should wear masks in indoor public spaces in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said they had reviewed new data in recent days that showed fully-vaccinated individuals could spread the delta variant more easily than previous versions of COVID-19.