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Florida Covid Deaths On The Rise

Florida's COVID-19 cases continued to increase, as the state's vaccination rate remained below 60%.

The Florida Department of Health's COVID-19 Situation report shows the state's positivity rate was at 7.8%, a big jump from mid-June when it had dropped to 3.3%

The state's death total is at 38,157.

Over 11 million people 12 and older have been vaccinated in the state, and South Florida's vaccination rate is higher than the state's, with about 73% vaccinated in Miami-Dade, 66% in Broward, 68% in Monroe and 62% in Palm Beach.

President Joe Biden called for a renewed urgency to get more Americans vaccinated as a variant of the virus is contributing to case surges in parts of the country.

"We can't get complacent now," Biden said. "You can do this. Let's finish the job."

Biden said that his administration will focus from mass vaccination sites to a smaller, more community-based approach, getting vaccine supplies to local pharmacies, primary care doctors and pediatricians, a continued push for door-to-door vaccinations, mobile clinics and workplace vaccination events.

Biden said he was also mobilizing groups made up of experts from FEMA, the CDC, as well as other federal agencies, to help states with low vaccination rates "prevent, detect and respond" to the spread of the delta variant.

Areas with low vaccination rates have seen a recent increase in cases, as the delta variant, is more transmissible and linked to more severe illness in younger adults.

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