Florida's Board of Education unanimously voted to consider penalties for schools that go against Gov. Ron Desantis' executive order issued July 30.
Florida—with only 6.5 percent of the U.S. population—accounted for 19.1 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the nation, as of Monday.
The state's education commissioner said he found "probable cause" that Alachua County and Broward County Schools "acted contrary to the law."
Data from the CDC showed a total of 5,003 children aged between 0-17 had been admitted to hospital between August 1 and August 13.
Florida's recall law doesn't pertain to elected state officials, such as the governor, nor elected federal officials, such as members of the state's Congress.
Mayor Carlos Hernandez, who represents the city of Hialeah in Miami-Dade County, has criticized DeSantis for banning local officials from making decisions on how best to protect their citizens amid the pandemic.
The petition criticizes the Republican governor's stance on the pandemic, as well as how the state has treated the unemployed.
"A greater threat to freedom is being paralyzed in a drug-induced coma on a ventilator in the ICU," said Dr. Jonathan Reiner.
"Health care providers feel we are fighting this fire without any leadership from Gov. Ron DeSantis," the physicians warned.
"Protecting the community during an emergency is a duty, not an option for government leaders," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Tuesday as the Texas county plans legal action against the mask mandate ban.
They included an elementary and a high school teacher, according to Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco.
The percentage represents an increase of 8 points from a similar survey taken four days earlier.
The governor's office had threatened to dock the pay of superintendents and school board members in districts that are defying his executive order.
The Centers for Disease Control was accused of inflating the number of COVID infections in the Sunshine State.
"We want everyone to realize that this is serious. It happened in three days. It can sneak up on anybody," said Cindy Dawkins' son, Tre Burrows.
In July, DeSantis' PAC drew in donations from all 50 states. DeSantis has not said if he pans to run for another term as governor.
DeSantis reiterated previous claims that whether children wear masks in school is "a decision for the parent to make," despite a recent COVID-19 surge in the state.
The request has made "to replace expended state stores," but it wasn't clear how the ventilators would be allocated across the state.
"I am not going to back away from that with the threat of him withholding my salary," Alachua County School Board Vice Chair Tina Certain told Newsweek.
At least two school districts will require students to wear masks this fall, going against an executive order making face coverings optional across the state.
"This is the highest number of patients Memorial has ever seen....There are only so many beds, so many doctors, only so many nurses," Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marc Napp said.
Health First officials said the presence of the refrigerated trailer outside Viera Hospital should "neither cause alarm nor speculation."
Florida has set new records for the number of COVID cases several times over the past month, as it attempts to tackle the highly contagious Delta variant.
"The Establishment is trying to DESTROY President Donald Trump's legacy. I refuse to let that happen," wrote Anthony Sabatini.
"The State Board of Education could move to withhold the salary of the district superintendent or school board members...who led to the violation of law."
"Masks are important so we can continue to enjoy in-person school and not have to hurt families and staff by this terrible virus," Lila Hartley wrote.
The state has recorded record-breaking COVID figures multiple times over the past month, as the Delta variant continues to spread across the country.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law in May that prohibited businesses operating in the state from requiring proof of COVID vaccination.
Hurricane prognosticators have predicted a busier-than-normal season for storms in the second half of hurricane season, which happens as COVID cases hit record levels.
The GOP governors face mounting criticism over policies banning local municipalities and schools from implementing mask mandates.