As Florida cases surge, DeSantis stays the course on Covid | CNN Politics
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at LifeScience Logistics to urge the Biden administration to approve Florida's plan to import prescription drugs from Canada, thereby saving Floridians an estimated $100 million annually on drug costs. (Photo by Paul Hennessy / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Coronavirus rates are climbing in Florida, with the latest data showing Florida's current seven-day average of new daily Covid-19 cases is by far the highest in the nation.
He touted data that shows if you are vaccinated, your chance of becoming seriously ill or dying is “effectively zero. ” And his spokeswoman, Christina Pushaw, noted that DeSantis has been arguing for months that he “anticipated cases rising in Florida and other southern states this summer, as there was a seasonal increase last summer in these states. ”
“It’s a seasonal virus and this is the seasonal pattern it follows in the Sun Belt states,” DeSantis said earlier this week, before adding that he believes the cases will drop in August.
It’s incredibly, incredibly low,” he said this week – but he has fully ruled out another lockdown in the state, decried any kind of vaccine passport program and lambasted state jurisdictions that are starting to tell vaccinated people to continue to wear masks.
“I get a little bit frustrated when I see some of these jurisdictions saying, even if you’re healthy and vaccinated you must wear a mask because we’re seeing increased cases,” DeSantis said Wednesday during a press conference in St. Petersburg.
“If you’re not vaccinated,” Justice said during a recent state Covid briefing, “you are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. ”
CNN reported on Tuesday that staff at a large hospital in Jacksonville believed they had already seen the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, but that cases of Covid at the hospital have doubled since last week and officials are worried they are “days away from running at capacity and really having significant staffing issues. ”
“We could be an entire hospital full of Covid in a matter of a month if things don’t begin to slow down or vaccinations don’t increase,” said Chad Neilsen, the director of infection prevention at the hospital.
“We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage, because unvaccinated people are at risk. ”