Florida’s latest COVID-19 stats are showing another surge is underway. The state Department of Health is reporting a 51% increase in new cases last week compared to the previous week and the delta variant is now the dominant strain in Florida.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Vaccinations are the key to beating the pandemic; 55% of Floridians are at least partially vaccinated. But you don't hear much about it from the Governor anymore. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is running for Governor next year, says Ron DeSantis should be doing everything he can to encourage people to get their shots.
— During a speech to the Democratic Club of The Villages, Fried also accused DeSantis of trying to rewrite the history of Florida's COVID-19 response to make himself look better.
— It's back to Zoom for employees at the Miami-Dade Courthouse. In the aftermath of the Champlain Tower condo collapse in Surfside, engineers recommended emergency repairs at the courthouse, so employees are back to working at home.
— And finally, a Florida Man walks the beach with a loaded gun on his back just hoping to be stopped by police.