For months and months, Gov. Ron DeSantis touted his brand of Florida exceptionalism when it comes to how the state responded to Covid-19. Now a surge in cases — primarily among those who remain unvaccinated — is creating an inconvenient interruption to that narrative.
Cases in the state more than doubled in the past week and now hospitals around the state are seeing a jump in admissions, forcing some of them to impose restrictions on visitations. When asked about it on Monday, DeSantis brushed it aside and said he had previously cautioned that this could happen.
“It’s a seasonal virus and this is the seasonal pattern it follows in the Sun Belt states,” he told reporters during a Central Florida press conference. DeSantis also predicted that the Covid case numbers would likely fall in August.
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“LITTLE MORE THAN A SEASONAL FLUX.” | As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations again rise in the Sunshine State, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday morning called the upswing little more than a seasonal flux. https://t.co/qEXDpEiSMR
— ABC 27 (@abc27) July 20, 2021
Noted epidemiologist and medical expert Ron DeSantis is now claiming that Florida’s recent COVID surge is “little more than a seasonal flux.” Just a complete abdication of his responsibilities as Governor. https://t.co/W42tdSxhBV
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) July 20, 2021
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) July 20, 2021