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1. Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations break the record again this week:
The COVID surge in Florida continues with 16,935 new cases reported on Wednesday and 140 additional deaths.
The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida rose to an all-time high with 12,408 patients, according to data the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday.
Florida breaks record again with 12,408 COVID-19 hospitalizations
2. Palm Beach County schools update mask policy…as much as they’re allowed:
Interim Palm Beach County Superintendent Mike Burke said Wednesday that he intends to exercise the authority to amend the current protocols that call for facial coverings to be optional for students, staff and visitors.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order last week blocking mask mandates in the state’s schools, leaving the decision as to whether children wear masks up to the parents.
Burke said student policy 5.326 would be changed to shift “optional face coverings” to “strongly encouraged face coverings.” Staff policy would also be changed to “strongly encouraged” and visitors to school campuses will be required to wear…