The Miami Herald reports:
Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 13,148 additional cases of COVID-19, the most seen since mid-July.
The state now has a total of 1,168,483 confirmed cases. Also, 101 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the statewide resident toll to 20,305.
Florida has the third highest number of total confirmed cases in the country after Texas and California, according to the New York Times COVID-19 database.
The DeSantis administration’s efforts to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative were not limited to significantly under-reporting the state’s COVID deaths: They extended to suppressing data regarding COVID spread in public institutions such as public schools, hospitals, and prisons.
Moreover, in September, DeSantis imposed a code of silence on state health department employees in an effort to minimize the public’s appreciation of the pandemic’s risks. The department went silent on social media from September to November regarding the mortal risks associated with COVID.