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.
A Florida father is hospitalized on a ventilator with COVID-19 after his 21-year-old son went out with friends and apparently infected the entire family, his wife says. https://t.co/eV0oE32XeY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 17, 2020
Florida currently has more COVID-19 cases than 100+ countries combined.
Wear a mask.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) July 17, 2020
GOP Florida lawmaker Anthony Sabatini and residents are filing lawsuits against cities and counties with mask mandates. Sabatini says that the state is doing “just fine” handling the pandemic, despite public health officials deeming Florida an epicenter. https://t.co/uPdPRl8ujI pic.twitter.com/Byc5UvLQLx
— CNN (@CNN) July 16, 2020