The virus is raging absolutely out of control in Florida. The reaction of the store brand Trump who was elected the state’s governor is to keep his head down and keep ensuring that more and more people remain dead:
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday defended his decision to reopen the state despite the months-long surge in new cases, suggesting that Florida’s “flatter curve” meant that although the virus had abated, it hung around longer.
At a news conference in Orlando, DeSantis was asked about comments by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who said Thursday that Florida had “jumped over a couple of checkpoints” and opened too early, leading to the surge in cases in every county in the state.
“We had very, very low prevalence, particularly in the 64 counties outside of southern Florida, and we did put southern Florida on a different pathway,‘’ the governor told reporters, referring to the lower numbers of people testing positive in May and early June. “So I think there was really no justification to not move forward.”
A Miami Herald analysis, however, showed that new cases and positivity started rising in early May, even prior to reopening. By the time the state entered Phase 2 of its reopening on June 5, the numbers were showing what experts called “leading indicators of a resurgence” of COVID-19 in Florida. That resurgence began within two weeks of initial reopening, the analysis shows — the amount of time experts say it takes to see the impact of policy decisions on rates of transmission.
That is certainly…a bunch of words next to each other. We’re going to Disneyworld! (Because what we really need right now is more travel in and out of Florida, whee.)
The smell of death surrounds you, as a Florida poet once said.