“In Pinellas, between one in five and one in six patients who develop COVID-19 are hospitalized and in Pinellas between one in four and one in five of those patients who are hospitalized go on to die,” Fineman said. “Right now the mortality rate of people who develop COVID-19 and test positive is 3.7 percent. You have a three times greater chance of dying from COVID-19 than you do from open heart surgery. To me that’s terrifying.”
Kriseman announced that the employees of all St. Petersburg businesses would be required to wear masks while in areas of the business open to the public. The order is intended for all businesses, including restaurants, bars, gyms, retail establishments, salons and barbershops. It goes into effect at 5 p.m. Friday.
The current “soft opening” at the St. Pete location, 136 4th St. N., includes the entire second floor; the building’s third floor is also part of the WorkLodge experience and will debut at the official grand opening, expected this August.