Nearly 20 percent of the nation’s new coronavirus infections are now occurring in Florida alone, according to a White House official.
Cases are increasing across the country as the most communicable delta variant spreads, but they are concentrated in areas with low vaccination rates.
“Just four states accounted for more than 40 percent of all cases in the past week, and 1 in 5 of all cases occurred in Florida alone,” the White House COVID-19 coordinator. Jeff ZientsJeff Zients White House Switches To Bi-Weekly Calls With Governors About Cawthorn Coronavirus: Biden’s Door-to-Door Vaccination Strategy Could Be Used To ‘Take’ Guns, South Carolina Governor Of Biden Seeks To Ban Door-to-Door Vaccination Strategy by Biden MORE he told reporters during a briefing on Friday.
“We will probably … continue to experience an increase in COVID cases in the coming weeks, with these cases concentrated in communities with lower vaccination rates,” Zients said.
Florida is experiencing some of the largest coronavirus hospitalizations, new infections, and deaths per capita in the country. The numbers hit rock bottom when vaccines became available, but have recently been on the rise.
Currently, the state reports an average of 29 new infections per 100,000 people per day, more than four times the national average.
The positivity rate hovers around 10 percent, and according to federal data, the seven-day moving average is more than 5,600 cases per day.
About 55 percent of eligible people in Florida have received at least a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, putting it in the middle of all states and the District of Columbia.
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DeSantis has proudly defied the advice of federal health officials: Schools remained open and public health mitigation measures across the state were minimal.
The governor has encouraged people to get vaccinated, but has also banned companies from requiring proof of vaccination and banned local governments from enacting mask mandates. He also successfully sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the federal government from enforcing coronavirus precautions on cruise ships, such as vaccination requirements for staff and passengers.