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Miami-Dade will begin requiring weekly COVID-19 testing of county employees amid a spike in hospitalizations and cases, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Thursday.
Beginning Aug. 16, all non-union employees will be tested on a weekly basis. Employees who are vaccinated can opt out if they provide proof of their vaccination status, and exceptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, Levine Cava said.
Levine Cava said the move is being made as the county’s positivity rate has jumped to over 13%. She said as of Wednesday, nearly 1,500 people were hospitalized with Covid in the county, with about 88% of them unvaccinated.
“Our community and the state are continuing to combat a grave and worsening Covid spike,” Levine Cava said.
Levine Cava said the spike is being driven primarily by people who are unvaccinated as well as the more contagious delta variant.
The mayor said around 17% of the county’s employees – over 5,000 – responded to a recent survey about whether they were vaccinated, with 83% of those saying they were.
Levine Cava also announced Thursday that the county has hired former Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz as a special advisor on Covid strategy.