Tallahassee’s NBC News affiliate reports:
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that he has no plans of moving to the third and final phase of reopening the Florida economy as the state continues to see a surge in new COVID-19 cases. “We are where we are,” DeSantis said during a press conference in Tampa. “I didn’t say we’re going to go on to the next phase, you know, we’ve done a step-by-step approach and it was an approach that’s been reflective of the unique situation of each area.”
As of Thursday, Florida has now reported a total of 114,018 cases, up 5,004 from the previous day. The increase came a day after Florida shattered its previous one-day record, with more than 5,500 new positive cases reported on Wednesday. The Florida data released Thursday marked the eighth day in a row with an increase near or exceeding 3,000 cases. DeSantis said the state may be seeing an increase in cases because Florida residents have let their guard down.
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