Florida’s newest Covid figures
Florida grew to become the third state within the nation to hit 1 million Covid circumstances when it handed the staggering mark in early December.
In doing so the nation’s third greatest state, with a inhabitants of 21.9 million, joined Texas and California because the worst affected states within the US.
And Florida had by 27 December seen an estimated 1.26 million circumstances and suffered 21,134 deaths throughout the pandemic.
Health officers within the state reported its first circumstances, each within the Tampa Bay space, on 1 March.
One was a 29-year-old girl who had not too long ago returned from a visit to Italy, and the opposite, a 63-year-old man who had been in touch with somebody who had the virus.
On 5 March the state noticed its first Covid fatalities when two folks, each of their 70s, died.
The impression of the virus on the state’s famed tourism trade was instantly evident as Universal Orlando Resort and Disney World each closed their parks on 15 March.
However, not like California, it was not till April that governor Ron DeSantis, an enormous supporter of Donald Trump, issued a statewide stay-at-home order to try to flatten the pandemic’s curve.
Students throughout the state then completed the educational 12 months on-line, which Mr DeSantis has known as “probably the biggest public health blunder in modern American history.”
In the next months the governor allowed the state to proceed with a phased reopening plan, which was adopted by a spike in circumstances.
The first part got here on 4 May, and the second on 5 June.
In May information scientist Rebekah Jones was fired from the Florida Department of Health and claimed it was as a result of she had refused to vary Covid information to help the re-opening of the state.
Despite her firing Ms Jones continued to publish Covid statistics and accused officers of making an attempt to cowl up the extent of the pandemic within the state.
Disney World’s Florida theme parks ultimately re-opened on 11 July, following openings for Universal Orlando and SeaWorld.
By September, and with the overall election looming, Mr DeSantis pushed ahead with the third reopening part within the swing state, which successfully lifted nearly all restrictions.
Part of that re-opening order truly barred native governments from adopting and implementing Covid restrictions they deemed acceptable.
It additionally noticed the complete re-opening of bars and eating places at 100 per cent capability.
Throughout the pandemic Mr DeSantis refused to herald a statewide masks mandate and as a substitute insisted that he trusted Floridians to make “good decisions.”
“I think it’s something – we provide education, we did an advisory at the beginning of May and we’ve advised that that’s something that could make an impact,” he stated in June.
“But at the same time, to do police and put criminal penalties on that, is something that would probably backfire.”
And regardless of circumstances rising within the state he insisted that Florida was nonetheless aiming to host the NFL’s Super Bowl in February 2021 in Tampa Bay.
“We’re going to be able to host the Super Bowl in February. We expect to do a full Super Bowl. We’re going to show that we’re going to be able to do that,” he stated.
In early December state law enforcement officials raided the house of Ms Jones and seized her laptop, which she says is retaliation for her whistleblowing and is now the topic of a lawsuit.
On 26 December, regardless of the rising variety of circumstances and deaths in Florida, Donald Trump tweeted in help of Mr DeSantis’s measures saying the state was “doing well”.
He wrote: “The lockdowns in Democrat run states are absolutely ruining the lives of so many people – Far more than the damage that would be caused by the China Virus. Cases in California have risen despite the lockdown, yet Florida & others are open & doing well. Common sense please!”
The lockdowns in Democrat run states are completely ruining the lives of so many individuals – Far greater than the harm that might be brought on by the China Virus. Cases in California have already risen regardless of the lockdown, but Florida & others are open & doing effectively. Common sense please!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) December 26, 2020
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