FL Sees 11K New Cases, State Rep Sues Over Masks

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports:

Florida added 11,466 new cases of coronavirus Friday and another 128 deaths, with the caseload soaring by 21% since the beginning of the week. The state now has reported 327,241 total cases and 4,805 deaths since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March.

Congressional Democrats blistered Gov. Ron DeSantis’ refusal to enact a statewide mask mandate and his earlier comment that the recent surge in cases represented a “blip,” although he acknowledged it was a “higher blip than where we were in May and the beginning of June.”

With stepped-up levels of testing, the state has averaged a 12.7% positivity rate over the past seven days, more than double what is was in May when DeSantis reopened the state. But that’s still down from levels in the high teens earlier this month. “We are seeing some positive trends in the data,” DeSantis said.