State sees 49 ad­di­tional virus fa­tal­i­ties

Florida’s death toll reaches 2,413; cases in­crease to 54,497

Orlando Sentinel - - Nation & World - Staff re­port

Florida on Fri­day re­ported an­other 49 coro­n­avirus fa­tal­i­ties for a new death toll of 2,413. The Florida Depart­ment of Health also re­ported an­other 1,212 cases for a to­tal of 54,497.

In Cen­tral Florida, Fri­day’s up­date added 137 cases for a to­tal of 5,769. That in­cluded 43 new cases in Orange for a to­tal of 1,945; 38 in Polk for 977; 16 in Vo­lu­sia for 725; 14 in Osce­ola for 688; seven in Semi­nole for 481; eight in Bre­vard for 409; and 11 in Lake for 291. With no new re­ported cases in Sumter, the case to­tal there stands at 253.

The num­ber of tests ad­min­is­tered since the out­break be­gan is 984,160, with 94% of those neg­a­tive.

Two new deaths were re­ported in Cen­tral Florida on Fri­day, a 50-year-old woman in Orange and an 89-year-old man in Polk.

The re­gion’s toll now stands at 208, with the most in Polk County at 55, fol­lowed by Orange with 41, Vo­lu­sia with 37, Osce­ola with 19, Sumter with 17, Lake with 15, and Semi­nole and Bre­vard with 12 each.

South Florida, home to 29% of Florida’s pop­u­la­tion, re­mains the hard­est-hit re­gion, ac­count­ing for 56% of cases with 30,381 to­tal. That num­ber in­cludes 574 new cases re­ported Fri­day among Mi­ami-Dade (17,641),

Broward (6,975), and Palm Beach (5,765) coun­ties.

South Florida also has the most deaths at 1,328, 55% of the state’s fa­tal­i­ties. The three-county re­gion logged an ad­di­tional 25 re­ported deaths Fri­day.

Na­tion­wide, there are over 1.7 mil­lion cases with over 102,000 deaths. World­wide, there are over 5.8 mil­lion cases and over 362,000 deaths, ac­cord­ing to the Johns Hopkins Uni­ver­sity & Medicine Coro­n­avirus Re­source Cen­ter.

Some Uni­ver­sal Or­lando ho­tels will re­open Tuesday: Sev­eral Uni­ver­sal Or­lando ho­tels are re­open­ing Tuesday, and they will give guests first dibs on vis­it­ing theme parks be­fore the at­trac­tions of­fi­cially open to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Uni­ver­sal Studios Florida and Uni­ver­sal’s Is­lands of Ad­ven­ture, as well as the Vol­cano Bay wa­ter park, re­open June 5 from the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. The first ho­tel guests will get ad­mis­sion into the parks two days ear­lier, on Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day, Uni­ver­sal said in a new up­date.

The Uni­ver­sal ho­tels open­ing back up Tuesday are: Hard Rock Ho­tel at Uni­ver­sal Or­lando, Loews Royal Pa­cific Re­sort, Loews Sap­phire Falls Re­sort, Uni­ver­sal’s Ca­bana Bay Beach Re­sort, Uni­ver­sal’s Aven­tura Ho­tel and Uni­ver­sal’s End­less Sum­mer Re­sort – Surf­side Inn and Suites.

The ho­tels are adding new safety rules for their re­open­ing, Uni­ver­sal said.

Guests, em­ploy­ees and ven­dors are re­quired to cover their faces in the ho­tels’ pub­lic ar­eas.

Get­ting into the ho­tel will re­quire tem­per­a­ture checks. Guests with tem­per­a­tures of 100.4 de­grees or higher can­not en­ter with­out med­i­cal clear­ance. Em­ploy­ees aren’t al­lowed to work if they have fevers.

Uni­ver­sal de­scribed “con­tact­less ex­pe­ri­ences for guests, in­clud­ing ho­tel tex­ting-ser­vices, ex­press check­out and con­tact­less room de­liv­er­ies,” ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

The ho­tels’ food and bev­er­age ser­vices could be lim­ited. You can also ex­pect to see more hand san­i­tiz­ers in the el­e­va­tor land­ings and the lob­bies.

Em­ploy­ees will take more clean­ing pre­cau­tions of guest rooms and the pub­lic ar­eas. Uni­ver­sal says the “fre­quent clean­ing” will in­clude ev­ery­thing from tele­phones, re­mote con­trols, door han­dles, light switches, el­e­va­tors, to table­tops.

“Plans for Loews Portofino Bay Ho­tel and Uni­ver­sal’s End­less Sum­mer Re­sort – Dock­side Inn and Suites will be an­nounced at a later time,” Uni­ver­sal said in the re­lease. “Guests who have booked reser­va­tions at these two ho­tels through Uni­ver­sal Or­lando or Uni­ver­sal Parks & Re­sorts Va­ca­tions will be con­tacted to mod­ify their reser­va­tion if it has been af­fected.”

Mean­while, some busi­nesses and restau­rants at Uni­ver­sal Ci­tyWalk re­opened ear­lier in May.

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