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  • Every household in Florida’s Palm Beach County will receive two reusable masks as coronavirus cases in the state rise, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported on Friday.
  • Florida set its single-day record for new coronavirus cases on Friday.
  • The state reported just under 9,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, a single-day record for the state and the highest number for any state since April 15.
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Florida’s Palm Beach County will send two reusable masks to each of its households as coronavirus cases in the state rise, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported on Friday.

The county will reportedly send out 1.3 million of the 1.5 million masks it ordered, while holding the rest for households that need more than two or did not receive their initial shipment. While Mayor Dave Kerner said he wasn’t sure when residents would begin receiving the masks, he said he would be “pushing the pedal to the metal” in an effort to distribute them quickly, according to the Sun Sentinel’s report.

Kerner cited the county’s high proportion of senior citizens as a reason for the initiative, the Sun Sentinel reported. The county began requiring that residents wear masks on June 24.

In 2019, President Donald Trump moved his residency from New York’s Trump Tower to his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach County. The decision was made “primarily for tax purposes,” The New York Times reported in October, citing a person close to Trump.

Florida reported just under 9,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, a single-day record for the state, and the highest number for any state since April 15. The state began to reopen on May 4 and was allowing restaurants, bars, concert venues, movie theaters, and similar businesses to operate at half their capacity.

“More people are out and about,” Mary Jo Trepka, an epidemiologist at Florida International University, told CNN on Wednesday. “That has most likely contributed to it.”

The US also hit its single-day record for new coronavirus cases on Friday, passing 40,000 for the first time. The virus has so far killed over 124,410 people in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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