Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors.
The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the U.S. as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread.
The latest numbers were recorded on Friday and released on Saturday on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. The figures show how quickly the number of cases is rising in the Sunshine State: only a day earlier, Florida reported 17,093 new daily cases. The previous peak in Florida had been 19,334 cases reported on Jan. 7, before the availability of vaccinations became widespread.
The state reported 409 deaths this week, bringing the total to more than 39,000 since its first in March 2020. The state’s peak happened in mid-August 2020, when 1,266 people died over a seven-day period.
The headline of the story should be a dramatic decrease of lethal Covid cases in Florida over a year. While 1,266 a week died in August of last year, only 409 people a week died this year. Regardless of the number of cases, people in Florida are not dying of Covid any faster than in many other states. Nevada, Arkansas, and Louisiana, for example, have a larger death rate per 100 thousand people than Florida does. But that does not stand in the way of the media’s “Florida is being wiped out by Covid” narrative.
According to the CDC, the number of infections is generally higher in the southern states. You can see the map here. The hottest US states – Florida, Texas, and California – have the highest positivity rate.
Has anybody bothered to ask why? Maybe when Dr. Fauci, the highest paid federal employee, is done with his TV appearances for today, he can spare 5 minutes to look at the map and explain this curious phenomenon. Why do the hot temperatures seem to be contributing to more Covid infections? Does the virus spread faster in the heat? Do people congregate more inside in large groups, leading to outbreaks? Nobody seems to know – but only because nobody seems to be the least bit curious.
I’ve been very curious, however, since discovering this interesting fact. So, I asked my friends working in the medical field, and the answer I got was: “The Southern states are less vaccinated.”
Well, let me blow that out of the water. Here is the vaccination map by state. California, which has 53% of its population vaccinated, is suffering a larger Covid spread than Wyoming, where only 37% of residents are vaccinated. Florida, where 49% of the population is vaccinated (the fact that Florida leads the country in vaccinations of their elderly population didn’t quite make a CNN headline) had over 21 thousand Covid cases last week, whereas North Dakota that has only 40% vaccination rate, had only a little over 400 new cases. How do some states with much lower vaccination rates also have a much lower positivity rate? The only answer that can explain these numbers is climate.
Even though any person with a computer, the CDC web address, and a 5th-grade reading proficiency can figure this out, the only person who has is Florida’s, Governor Ron DeSantis:
“I told people months ago we would see higher prevalence because it’s a seasonal virus and this is the seasonal pattern that it follows in the Sunbelt states, particularly in Florida.”
While the media continues to harass the Governor about “downplaying the virus,” he is the only one who follows the science while actually carrying a map. Unlike alleged President Biden whose statements on Covid only remain true for a short period of time (if ever), Governor DeSantis has had a firm grasp on Covid’s situation because his advisors are real doctors and scientists – not political hacks like Dr. Fauci.
Last year, Florida followed a similar pattern, suffering a surge of infections in summer and a sharp decline by September. If history teaches us anything, you can safely return to Florida for your Christmas break. However, don’t expect the “Florida is dying of Covid” dumpster fire to disappear from the headlines any time soon. The Democrats still consider Covid a powerful ally to destroy the intelligent and powerful emerging Republican leader.
In two months, when the Florida Covid surge subsides, expect sexual harassment accusations against Governor DeSantis to start flying.