• Florida Chamber COVID-19 Update: Aug. 14, 2020

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    August 14, 2020
     
     
    Included in Today's Update:
     
    Latest COVID-19 Numbers • Cyber Threats On the Rise Amid COVID-19 Crisis
    • Congress Adjourns for August As Phase 4 COVID Stimulus Legislation Negotiations Hit A Wall 
    • Your'e Invited -- Primary Election Night Virtual Event
     
     
    COVID BY THE NUMBERS: FLORIDA'S DAY 165
     
     
    For the past several weeks we have been seeing a downward trend in the number of daily average cases. On Day 165 I can now report that despite daily increases in reported hospitalizations, in actuality, the number of those currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 is also trending downward. The chart below shows that the current number of those hospitalized in Florida due to COVID peaked on July 21 with 9,520 and has trended downward with current hospitalizations at 6,325 as of yesterday. The chart also shows the increase following the much busier Fourth of July Weekend and the steady decrease since the peak.
     
     
     
     
    The Chamber continues to follow the facts, and not the fear, and these actual numbers of current hospitalizations is a good example of the difference in reported and current figures. Much of the data that is presented daily is cumulative and it is important to keep in perspective the number of those currently infected with COVID, hospitalized with COVID, and deaths due to COVID - which are reported in many cases weeks from their actual occurrence.
     
    The number of daily average cases and hospitalizations could go back up which is why we all need to continue wearing masks, social distancing and washing our hands. Positive results are a product of good, safe practices as we reopen our economy, and we should keep leading by example as we protect our most vulnerable.
     
    Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish and our research team continue to analyze COVID-19 data and report on it daily at www.TheFloridaScorecard.org with the goal of keeping you informed of the facts as we unite Florida business for good. 
     
     
    Please find the latest COVID-19 numbers on Day 165 below:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    • Florida Cases: 557,137 (+ 6,236)
    • Avg. Daily New Cases: 6,839.9 (- 265.7)
    • Hospitalized: 32,537 (+ 590)
    • Total People Tested:  4,128,584
    • Percent Positive: 13.5% (+ 0%)
    • Florida Deaths: 8,913 (+ 148)
     
    Want to know how your county is trending?
    Our COVID-19 County Level Tracker is free and available 24-7, and is based on the latest data available.
     
     
     
    CYBER THREATS ON THE RISE AMID COVID-19 CRISIS
     
    RB Advisory is providing information on the growing threat of cyber attacks as more and more people are turning to apps and other online platforms as they work from home. Cyber breaches have increased exponentially since February 2020. Phishing emails and breaches to virtual communication apps like ZOOM have caused the biggest spike. This pandemic has provided many more layers of exposure that will require new approaches. READ MORE> or watch below.
    COVID-19 and Cyber Threats
     
     
     
    CONGRESS ADJOURNS FOR AUGUST AS PHASE 4 STIMULUS LEGISLATION NEGOTIATIONS HIT A WALL
     
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate for recess until September 8 yesterday afternoon as negotiations between White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer remained deadlocked. McConnell announced from the Senate floor that the Senate would have rolling pro-forma sessions and senators would receive 24 hours’ notice prior to any votes taking place should talks resume and create an avenue for a deal. The Senate’s scheduled recess had previously been delayed a week in hopes of finalizing a stimulus package. Speaker Pelosi has insisted that she will not resume negotiations until Republicans double their proposed coronavirus aid to upwards of $2 trillion.
     
    The House had already extended its August recess until September 14, making any future deal likely to hinge on a funding extension that will become necessary with the approach of the federal government’s fiscal year end on September 30. Despite initial agreement over another round of direct stimulus checks, differences on funding for state and local governments, liability protections for businesses and schools, jobless aid and school funding remain sticking points. Those issues could become subject of negotiations over a Continuing Resolution to provide stopgap funding for the government in late September following the August recess and party nominating conventions. A scaled down bill with a dramatically lower price tag and duration of relief could also materialize to supplement the President’s recent executive actions on jobless aid and evictions.
     
    The Florida Chamber will continue to keep you informed of any developments, or lack thereof, out of our nation’s capital.
     
    ELECTIONS MATTER -- DON'T FORGET TO VOTE AND JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL FLORIDA PRIMARY ELECTION COVERAGE
     
    Florida’s Primary Election is just a few days away on Tuesday, August 18. As COVID has severely impacted Florida's business community, the Chamber remains committed to endorsing candidates that are pro-business and believe in the need to keep Florida competitive with the 17th largest economy in the world. Remember to check out and share the Florida Chamber’s Election Center to stay up-to-date on our endorsements, and track early voting and Constitutional Amendments.
     
    As a Chamber member, you are invited to our Primary Election night virtual viewing event – Decision 2020: A Deep Dive into the Florida Primary. Coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m.
    This complimentary virtual event will help you stay updated and informed with our in-depth analysis from our Chamber political team.
     
    You can RSVP here. 
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    2020 Virtual Future of Florida Forum
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    Relaunch & Reimagine Florida's Future
    Stronger Together, Reuniting Business For Good
     
     
     
    This year has been unlike any other in our history and while COVID-19 may have temporarily diverted the course, our mission remains focused on securing Florida’s future. It is more important than ever.
     
    Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for 9 hours of content over the span of three days! The Forum will feature engaging presentations, unique networking opportunities, and insight from the leading voices in Florida and across the nation.
     
     
     
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    Florida is stronger when business is united. The Florida Chamber and U.S. Chamber have continued to advocate for much needed liability protections as a result of COVID-19. You can help us protect Florida businesses in one click. Click here, simply enter your zip code and help tell your representatives that you are counting on them to protect businesses from needless litigation when they are trying to do the right thing and protect customers and employees. #JobsNotLawsuits
     
    Thank you for placing your confidence in the Chamber and the dedicated team who is here to serve you. Please continue to read and share this update with your executive team, family and friends, and encourage them to sign-up to receive their personal copy. If you have any suggestions or questions at any time, I invite you to email me directly at mwilson@flchamber.com.
     
     
    My best,
     
    Mark Wilson
    President & CEO
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Florida Chamber of Commerce www.FloridaChamber.com/Coronavirus
     
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