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Now More Than 2-Million COVID Cases In Florida. Are Unmasked Restaurant Workers Contributing To Spread?

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Are unmasked restaurant workers, like this bartender at Salt 7 in Delray Beach, contributing the continued spread of COVID-19 in Florida?

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — It is another bad report from the Florida Department of Health. (News app readers access our full report here).

The positivity rate for the State of Florida on Saturday, released Sunday, is 7.65. That is the highest in the past 30 days, and tie for March 28th. By comparison, the positivity rate on March 11th was just 4.90 percent. The numbers are heading in the wrong direction.

The increase comes as the impact of Spring Break continues to be felt, and BocaNewsNow.com revealed area restaurants — like Salt 7 in Delray Beach — appear to be ignoring the Palm Beach County mask mandate still in effect. We published several photos yesterday, capturing non-mask wearing employees just days after the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation cited the restaurant for unrelated health issues.

Salt 7 did not respond to a request for comment from BocaNewsNow.com.

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As COVID-19 spreads in Florida, BocaNewsNow.com readers ask if unmasked restaurant workers are contributing rising positivity rates. This photo was taken at Salt 7 in Delray Beach on Saturday, April 10th, 2021.

Statewide, there are now 2,124,233 confirmed cases of COVID-19. At least 34,021 people have died from COVID in Florida.

In Palm Beach County, where the positivity rate is reported as 6.36 percent, at least 136,108 people have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,690 have died.

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