We have a governor who has not taken Covid seriously from the very beginning. You know, he is essentially right now treating it like a joke. ...  I would rather see us 'Fauci our Florida' than have people go through death by DeSantis. — Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
We have a governor who has not taken Covid seriously from the very beginning. You know, he is essentially right now treating it like a joke. ... I would rather see us 'Fauci our Florida' than have people go through death by DeSantis. — Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
As Florida cases surge, DeSantis stays the course on Covid
He argued on Wednesday that the recent spike is all part of the seasonal fluctuations in the virus, even as he urged Floridians to get vaccinated. He touted data that shows if you are vaccinated, your chance of becoming seriously ill or dying is "effectively zero." And his spokeswoman, Christina Pushaw, noted that DeSantis has been arguing for months that he "anticipated cases rising in Florida and other southern states this summer, as there was a seasonal increase last summer in these states."

"It's a seasonal virus and this is the seasonal pattern it follows in the Sun Belt states," DeSantis said earlier this week, before adding that he believes the cases will drop in August.

... Florida, like many states across the country, has seen Covid-19 cases rising in recent weeks. According to a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, Florida is averaging 6,492 cases per day, a figure that has nearly doubled in one week and quadrupled in a month. By this measure, Florida tops California, with a current daily average of 4,806 cases, and Texas, with a current daily average of 4,802.

Between July 15 and July 21, Florida has 45,449 new cases of coronavirus, by far the most in the country.

... "We have a governor who has not taken Covid seriously from the very beginning. You know, he is essentially right now treating it like a joke. He's got campaign merchandise on his website saying 'Don't Fauci My Florida.' And we've had nearly 40,000 Floridians die of Covid," Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN this week. "And look, I would rather see us 'Fauci our Florida' than have people go through death by DeSantis."


And Brad Woodhouse, head of outside group Protect Our Care, said DeSantis "continues to reject commonsense measures to slow the spread of the virus" and he "should be focused on supporting the overwhelmed hospitals in his state."
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