Coronavirus: Florida reports 4,115 new cases Wednesday, 66 new deaths

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JASON: WELCOME BACK. THIS YEAR EVERYBODY IS THINKING ABOUT WHAT THEY SHOULD DO FOR THE HOLIDAYS. SHOULD YOU FLY OR DRIVE? THE PANDEMIC LAST US — LEFT US ALL WITH A LOT OF QUESTIONS. AIRLINES HAVE CREATED MULTIPLE PLAYERS OF SAFETY TO KEEP PASSENGERS AND CREW MEMBERS SAFE. HERE TO TALK ABOUT IT IS REBECCA SPICER JOINING US LIVE FROM AIRLINES FOR AMERICA. GOOD MORNING. REBECCA: GOOD MORNING, IT IS GREAT TO BE WITH YOU, WISH I COULD BE IN FLORIDA. JASON: IT IS SUNNY AND WARM. I AM NOT SURE WHERE YOU ARE, BUT IT IS A GOOD SPOT TO BE. WHAT ADVICE FOR PEOPLE IF THEY LOOK TO DO SOME AIR TRAVEL OVER THE HOLIDAYS? REBECCA: GO AHEAD AND PLAN AHEAD. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT THEY KNOW THAT AIRLINES ARE FLYING ABOUT 50% FEWER FLIGHTS THAN LAST YEAR, BECAUSE NO SURPRISE, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN HIT HARD. KNOW THAT THAT IS MORE REASON TO PLAN AHEAD, BECAUSE THERE MAY NOT BE AS MANY FLIGHTS GOING TO YOUR DESTINATION AND THEY MIGHT NOT BE EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK, SO LOOK AT YOUR OPTIONS, LAN AHEAD, AND WHEN YOU ARE PREPARING TO WALK OUT OF THE DOOR AND GET IN THE CAR AND GO TO THE AIRPORT, MAKE SURE TO TAKE YOUR MASK. GO AHEAD AND PUT IT ON INSIDE YOUR HOUSE AND GET IN THE CAR WITH IT ON. GO TO THE AIRPORT AND YOU WILL SEE THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS WEARING THEM. THEY ARE REQUIRED ON AIRLINES AND AIRLINES ARE ENFORCING THAT. JASON: WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE MASS POLICY, AND WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER THINGS AT THE AIRLINE IS DOING. WE SAW SOME THE CLEANING. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO KEEP PASSENGERS SAFE WHEN WE GET ON A PLANE? REBECCA: SOME OF THOSE CLEANING EXAMPLES THAT YOU ARE SHOWING IS EXACTLY PART OF THE LAYERED MEASURED APPROACH THAT U.S. CARRIERS ARE TAKING. SINCE THE EARLY DAYS OF THIS PANDEMIC, CARRIERS HAVE SAID THAT THE TOP PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF THE PASSENGER AND THE CREW MEMBER. THAT IS WHY THEY HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT SCIENCE AND LEANING INTO SEE HOW WE MAKE SURE WE ARE PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF ANY VIRUS OR BACTERIA. THEY ARE USING NOT JUST MORE CLEANING, ESPECIALLY ON TOUCH POINTS LIKE SEAT BELT BUCKLES AND TRAY TABLES IN THE BACK OF OTHER SEATS OR OVERHEAD VENTS, CALL BUTTONS, AND THE LABORATORY. THEY ARE USING HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT THAT KILLS VIRUSES AND BACTERIA RIGHT THERE ON THE SPOT BEFORE YOU GET ON THE AIRPLANE. ONE OTHER THING THAT YOUR VIEWERS SHOULD KNOW IS THAT IF YOU ARE CHECKING IN, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO FILL OUT A VERY SIMPLE HEALTH FORM. IT IS QUESTIONS LIKE DO YOU HAVE A FEVER? HAVE YOU BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID RECENTLY? IT MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK THAT IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT, THAT THE CDC AND AIRLINES ARE BOTH SAYING GO AHEAD, STAY HOME, GET THE APPROPRIATE MEDICAL TREATMENT AND TRAVEL WHEN YOU ARE HEALTHY AGAIN. JASON: THERE IS NO RESEARCH ABOUT THE SAFETY OF AIR TRAVEL. WHAT ARE THE SCIENTISTS SAYING AND WHAT IS THE RESEARCH TELLING US? REBECCA: SINCE THE EARLY DAYS AIRLINES HAVE BEEN LEANING ON SCIENCE TO GUIDE DECISIONS AND THEY HAVE BEEN UPDATING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AS WE LEARN MORE INFORMATION. JUST THIS WEEK, RESEARCHERS AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY ISSUED A NEW REPORT LOOKING AT THE COMPLETE IN-FLIGHT EXPERIENCE, AND WHAT THEY FOUND WAS A FEW THINGS, THAT THESE PLAYERS OF MITIGATION, LAYER SOME PROTECTION IN PLACE REALLY DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IN FACT, THEY ARE SAYING THAT BECAUSE OF ALL OF THIS COMBINED AND ESPECIALLY WITH MASKS AND AIR FILTRATION SYSTEMS, THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION ON AN AIRPLANE IS QUITE LOW. THEY SAID THAT BECAUSE OF ALL OF THESE LAYER’S THAT REALLY — ALL OF THESE LAYERS, THAT REALLY BEING ON AN AIRPLANE IS SAFE IF NOT SAFER THAN GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE. JASON: I HAVE A COUPLE OF KIDS SO I KNOW THE PLANE IS A LOT CLEANER THAN THE CAR. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. REBECCA FROM AIRLINES FROM AMERICA FOR S

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Coronavirus: Florida reports 4,115 new cases Wednesday, 66 new deaths

Florida health officials announced more than 4,100 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as the number of patients hospitalized for the disease also ticked upward over the past few days.The Florida Department of Health also confirmed 66 new deaths Wednesday, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 to 16,571.The 4,115 additional cases announced Wednesday brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 790,426 since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations have risen recently after remaining flat for about a month.Florida Headlines- 790,426 cases in Florida- 16,571 deaths of Florida residents- 151,565 cases in Central FloridaCOVID-19 map of Florida: Coronavirus cases by countyTracking curve of coronavirus cases, deaths in FloridaCentral Florida cases•Orange County: 45,755 cases, 549 deaths•Osceola County: 14,114 cases, 202 deaths•Seminole County: 10,188 cases, 241 deaths•Volusia County: 12,670 cases, 318 deaths•Lake County: 8,580 cases, 227 deaths•Brevard County: 11,318 cases, 368 deaths•Sumter County: 2,882 cases, 87 deaths•Polk County: 22,852 cases, 615 deaths•Marion County: 10,795 cases, 348 deaths•Flagler County: 2,115 cases, 38 deaths•Alachua County: 10,296 cases, 74 deaths

Florida health officials announced more than 4,100 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as the number of patients hospitalized for the disease also ticked upward over the past few days.

The Florida Department of Health also confirmed 66 new deaths Wednesday, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 to 16,571.

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The 4,115 additional cases announced Wednesday brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 790,426 since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations have risen recently after remaining flat for about a month.

Florida Headlines

– 790,426 cases in Florida

– 16,571 deaths of Florida residents

– 151,565 cases in Central Florida

COVID-19 map of Florida: Coronavirus cases by county

Tracking curve of coronavirus cases, deaths in Florida

Central Florida cases

•Orange County: 45,755 cases, 549 deaths

•Osceola County: 14,114 cases, 202 deaths

•Seminole County: 10,188 cases, 241 deaths

•Volusia County: 12,670 cases, 318 deaths

•Lake County: 8,580 cases, 227 deaths

•Brevard County: 11,318 cases, 368 deaths

•Sumter County: 2,882 cases, 87 deaths

•Polk County: 22,852 cases, 615 deaths

•Marion County: 10,795 cases, 348 deaths

•Flagler County: 2,115 cases, 38 deaths

•Alachua County: 10,296 cases, 74 deaths

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