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At the height of the summer tourist season, Florida’s largest cities and counties are closing beaches, ordering masks to be worn, and stopping business reopenings because of a jump in coronavirus.

“When we saw those first 9,000 cases pop up at the end of last week, that was a warning sign or red flag to a lot of us that we were sort of already at that point of its gotten worse,” said Dr. Cindy Prins, an epidemiologist and medical professor at the University of Florida.

And she’s warning that things, in fact, are likely to get worse before they get better.

City of Pensacola

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson used much of his weekly virtual news conference Monday, to elaborate on his decision to make face coverings mandatory in businesses inside the city proper.

On Friday, the mayor issued state of emergency 20-03, which requires both staff and customers to wear a mask.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is again rejecting the notion of a statewide mandatory use of face masks to protect against the coronavirus – despite a massive increase in such cases.

For the fifth time in six days, Florida has topped the 3,000 mark in new COVID-19 cases.  As of Wednesday, Escambia County recorded a massive jump overnight, increasing 88 positive cases for a total of 1,312. Santa Rosa increased 16 cases, bringing its total to 371.

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Florida is reporting nearly 3,500 new cases of the coronavirus, a dip from the record-breaking numbers of recent days. However, there are no changes on the horizon when it comes to Pensacola’s reopening schedule.