FDP’s Jose Dante Parra speaks out on the alarming increase in Florida’s Covid-19 cases

Miami, FL – Florida’s rate of new COVID-19 infections has climbed sharply over the past two weeks. Its seven day average of cases is now the highest in the nation. Hospitals across the state are adjusting their visitation protocols and rescheduling elective surgeries due to the dangerous and accelerating influx of cases.

In reaction to these developments Florida Democratic Party Senior Communications Advisor Jose Dante Parra issued the following statement:

“Yesterday Florida reported 12,647 new COVID-19 cases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 23% of all nationwide cases for the day. This is the highest daily figure since January of this year, the month that saw the highest number of infections in Florida since the pandemic began. Vaccination rates have us around the middle of the pack among states and hospitals are straining to keep up with the surge of coronavirus patients.

“The question is, what is Governor DeSantis doing about it? He’s playing politics, of course. When he’s not playing jetsetter, traveling around the country hobnobbing with wealthy donors, he’s cravenly plotting his every move as he pursues his run for president. Last weekend, while cases spiked, he traveled to Texas to visit the border in an attempt to burnish his credentials for a possible 2024 run.

“He continues to fight in court to prevent cruise ships from having to abide by CDC regulations that would help keep their passengers safe. Just yesterday he adamantly rejected the possibility of requiring masks at schools in the Fall. Nobody wants mask mandates, but should we be taking anything off the table at a time when Florida is leading the nation in new COVID-19 cases? DeSantis is putting politics over people’s health, and it’s the height of irresponsibility.”

UPDATE  –  July 30, 2021

“ COVID surge in Florida is at highest point since January, with 17,589 new cases in a day,” by Sun Sentinel’s Cindy Krischer Goodman: “Florida’s new daily COVID case count hit a high on Wednesday not seen since the post-holiday surge in January. The large daily case count — 17,589 new cases — comes just as many residents had begun to shed their masks and resume a less restrictive lifestyle. But signs of the coronavirus resurgence are everywhere: long lines at test sites, curtailed visitor hours at crowded hospitals, employers dealing with staff who are sick or in quarantine, a trickle of increased demand for the single-dose vaccine. ‘I wish I could take everyone on a tour of our ICU and give them a glimpse of what’s going on with COVID patients,’ said Maggie Hansen, director of nursing for Memorial Healthcare System. ‘It’s not a disease afflicting the elderly anymore.’”