Florida’s daily coronavirus cases have more than quadrupled since the state reopened.
There were nearly 3,500 Covid-19 cases reported in Florida on Sunday, which is more than four times the daily cases count of 819 when the state began reopening in most counties on May 4. The increase marks a 76% spike of new infections since the first day of reopening.
As of Monday, more than 97,200 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state and the virus has killed over 3,610 Floridians, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The number of new cases in the state has increased by more than 1,000 for 19 consecutive days. Monday would be the 20th, although the state has not yet submitted its daily report.
Florida is now among 18 states where the number of new coronavirus patients seem to be growing to record highs. Many of those states were the first to begin reopening businesses after the countrywide shutdown.
Most recently, the Sunshine State reopened gyms, retailers and professional sports venues, which are now welcoming customers back at full capacity. Bars and restaurants have continued to operate at half capacity.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis initially blamed the increase in cases on ramped up testing, but he walked back his answer on Saturday.
‘Even with the testing increasing or being flat, the number of people testing positive is accelerating faster than that,’ DeSantis said.
‘You know that’s evidence that their’s transmission in those communities.’
However, DeSantis has refused to force people to wear a mask in public, although the state has endorsed mask-use guidelines from the CDC.
‘IF you’re going to be prosecuted you know or wear a mask, they’ll say “geez, they were telling me not to wear one in March now they’re saying to do it.” We’re going to trust people to make good decisions.’
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