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Miami-Dade Reacts to Spike

Two days after Florida reported a single-day record of 11,458 cases of COVID-19, and hours after the Department of Health confirmed more than 6,300 new cases (bringing the state’s total to 206,447 cases), a local mayor took steps to curb the coronavirus spike.

Carlos Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade County, signed an executive order that restaurants and gyms once again would close due to the rise in positive cases. The order takes effect on Wednesday.

In his statement, Gimenez noted that various outdoor activities would remain open, “including condominium and hotel pools with strict social distancing and masks rules, as well as summer camps and child daycare centers with strict capacity limits, requiring masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet.” Beaches in Miami-Dade were slated to reopen Tuesday (July 7), but Gimenez cautioned that they would close if proper social distancing was not followed.

Florida’s 11,458 confirmed cases on Saturday broke New York’s single-day high of 11,434 cases, set in mid-April. As of Monday, Miami-Dade County has 48,992 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,051 deaths (highest in the state); Broward County has 21,856 cases and 414 deaths; and Palm Beach County has 17,242 confirmed cases and 543 deaths.

At his Monday press conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis pointed to the total number of tests being done (more than 2.2 million, roughly 10 percent of the state’s population) for the increase in positive cases. DeSantis also noted that the fatality rate based on positive cases (3,778 deaths; 1.8% of positive cases) is lower than many states around the country. The fatality rate in Florida (17 per 100,000 people) is 26th in the nation (tied with Nevada and Missouri); New Jersey ranks first with 171 deaths per 100,000 people.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.