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Miami-Dade Mayor Mandates COVID Testing For Unvaccinated Workers

Daniella Levine Cava speaks in front of multiple microphones while wearing a face mask
The Miami Herald
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava ended the county’s last local mask rule, which required facial coverings in county-owned buildings. The announcement on May 13, 2021, followed new guidance from the CDC declaring fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks.

With more than 1,500 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Miami-Dade and the number of new patients growing daily, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the top administrator for the county’s public hospital, Jackson Health System, announced new policies on Thursday intended to persuade more of their employees to take the vaccine.

Beginning the week of Aug. 16, Levine Cava said, the county will require weekly COVID testing of all Miami-Dade employees, a workforce of about 29,000 people. Those employees who wish to opt out, she said, can show proof of vaccination.

“This policy that we are announcing today will help ensure we are doing our part to maintain a safe, healthy workplace,” Levine Cava said, “and that county employees are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID across this community.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

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