In Florida, where there is an influx of new COVID-19 case, officials are divided on what to do about it. The state has seen 2,783 new cases on Tuesday. It was the third time in a week that Florida set a new daily record.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other Republican officials, including the President Asset, say the increase in the number of new cases was expected and is primarily the result of increased test. Florida is now in the trial of more than 200 000 people per week, more than double the number tested weekly in mid-May.
But local officials and public health experts are concerned about other statistics that show that the virus continues to spread in Florida. The state Department of Health reports that the number of people showing up in hospital emergency rooms with symptoms of the flu, and COVID-19 is on the rise. Also disturbing — the percentage of people who are testing positive for the virus is on the rise.
In Palm Beach County, health director Alina Alonso says the rise in the rate of positivity is a clear sign that the new cases can not be attributed to increased testing. Since Palm Beach County has started to allow businesses to reopen, Alonso said, the percentage of people testing positive has increased from 4.9% to 8.9%. “The fact that these are going up means there is more spread of the community,” she said. “The virus has now of the food there. There are people who are there without masks, without maintaining the distance. It is therefore infect more people. ”
Alonso say the number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus has also increased in the County of Palm Beach. “The figures are very much in regards to hospitals,” she said. Until now, the number of deaths of COVID-19 has remained low. But Alonso says death to the lagging behind of new registered cases of about six weeks. She thinks that the number of deaths will also increase. “We have to be careful at this time. Wait a little before to see whether or not this occurs, ” she said. “If we’re going forward, without waiting to see what happens … by the time we get to these deaths, it will be too late. ”
Palm Beach County is not currently requiring residents to wear face coverings in public places. County commissioners are now considering, following the example of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and of making masks mandatory.
In Tallahassee, DeSantis held a press conference where he responded to concerns about the increase in the rate of positivity. Many, he says, is linked to outbreaks in agricultural workers and people in prison. Among the incidents he highlighted — a watermelon farm near Gainesville, where 100 workers tested, 90 were positive. DeSantis said, ” When you have 90 out of 100 the test is positive, which is positivity that large number. “Some of the other localized outbreaks among farm workers, he noted, were in Palm Beach County.
DeSantis said there was no reason to consider stopping rules that allow companies to reopen the time. He encouraged the resumption of sporting events, and attended a NASCAR race in Homestead, florida., Sunday with a few hundred other spectators. And it has successfully lobbied for Florida to host the President of Asset acceptance speech to a Republican National Convention event in Jacksonville. This gathering is expected to attract thousands of people.
The democrats have become increasingly critical, saying DeSantis is ignoring important data that promote a more cautious response. Florida’s top elected Democrat, Commissioner of Agriculture, Nikki Fried, said, ” in Refusing to recognize the alarming level of models in the cases, hospitalizations, and positivity is not only arrogant, but at the cost of his life, public health and our economy. “