Florida reported a record of more than 10,200 people hospitalized due to infection from the COVID-19 virus, putting more pressure on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and the state’s Republicans who are fighting against mandatory mask requirements.
The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Aug. 1, breaking a previous record of 10,170 hospitalizations logged on July 23, 2020. The Associated Press cited data from the Department of Health & Human Services report.
Last week, Florida averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations a day.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, hospitalizations are surging though about 50% of Florida is fully vaccinated. In addition, however, the state and the whole country are grappling with the increasing spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, otherwise known as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week issued new guidance that advised that even fully vaccinated people should wear masks inside in areas of high COVID-19 transmission.
The spike of COVID-19 cases in Florida has prompted local officials to protest against Gov. DeSantis, who has long resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements.
According to Politico, local officials across the state are imposing vaccine and mask requirements for employees and even declaring states of emergency, bucking the governor’s anti-mandate strategy.
Disney World orders all guests over 2-years-old to wear masks indoors at its Florida theme park, regardless of vaccination status.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, the husband of Democratic Rep. Val Demings, has declared a state of emergency and requires the county’s 4,200 non-union workers to get vaccinated by the end of September.
In addition, Leon County is also imposing a vaccine requirement for county workers, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has mandated masks at all county facilities, and school board officials in Broward County are keeping mask mandates in place for students in the next school year.
However, Gov. DeSantis is still resisting lockdowns and mask mandates, which raised his national profile last year.
Speaking at a conference hosted by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council last Wednesday, Gov. DeSantis said that, “It is very important that we say unequivocally ‘no’ to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions and no to mandates.”