The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, tried to minimize the rebound of the pandemic in this state, in addition to reiterating that it will not take measures such as ordering the use of masks, while the number of people admitted to Florida hospitals for coronavirus set a new record.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, this Tuesday there were 11,515 people admitted to Florida for covid-19, that is to say a new record, But DeSantis said the upward trend in hospitalizations is slowing.
Of that figure, some 2,400 patients are in intensive care.
“We are not going to close, we are going to have the schools open, we are protecting the work of all Floridians, “Republican DeSantis insisted at a news conference.
As on other occasions, he defended that measures such as imposing the mandatory use of masks “have failed time and again throughout this pandemic, not just in the United States but abroad. “
“They haven’t stopped the spread of (the variant) delta, which is even more transmissible, and if they didn’t stop it sooner, definitely not going to stop it now “he added.
As Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the governor, did this Monday accused the media of “hysteria”, to focus on the number of daily cases.
Although positives have been recorded among vaccinated people, due to the highly transmissible delta variant, stressed that hospitalizations and serious cases have been reduced “dramatically” thanks to vaccinations, according to DeSantis.
“In the facilities for the care of the elderly mortality has been reduced by 90% “A rate that, he said, certifies the benefits of his administration making this population a priority in its vaccination program.
Florida is, according to official data, the center of the current wave of covid-19 In the US, what experts attribute both to the spread of the delta variant, to a low level of vaccination (49% of the population is fully vaccinated) and reluctance to measures such as the use of masks.
“These things happen, we have summer season for whatever reason in the solar belt (southern US), “he said.
DeSantis implied so consider seasonal the recent upturn in cases in the United States and especially in Florida, a state that last Saturday reached a record number of 21,683 new cases in a single day.
The president of the Florida Hospital Association, Mary Mayhew, told MSNBC that it took Florida 60 days to reach the previous record (10,179 hospitalizations) in July 2020, before vaccines were available, while on Sunday it reached 10,207 hospitalizations in 27 days.
In Tampa, the largest hospital in that area, the Tampa General, more than 90% of beds destined for covid-19 patients are occupied, according to local media.
“This is horrible”, acknowledged on Monday Broward Mayor Steve Geller, after noting that this county and Miami-Dade are the ones with the highest number of hospitalizations in the entire United States due to covid-19.
“The numbers are doubling every 10 or 11 days”Geller added about the number of cases, which has largely skyrocketed from unvaccinated people.
Broward school officials reported Monday that, as a result of a Gov. DeSantis decree that leaves it solely to parents whether children must wear masks in schools, withdrew its decision to require masks from all students, teachers, administrative staff and visitors.
Unanimously, last Wednesday the nine members of the school board of this county They agreed to reimpose the use of masks in all educational centers, following the recommendation issued that week by the governmental Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the use of face masks, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.