Florida added more than 10,000 new COVID cases in a single day, as "Florida is in the red zone for cases." says a recent White House report.
The report, highlights an increase in cases, case positivity, and no decline in hospital admissions.
Governor's across the country commit to new measures to slow the spread of the virus, issuing statewide mask mandates and stay at home orders, but Governor DeSantis' office is pledging to keep Florida open.
"Today we are back down to 4,500 [cases] and a 7.3% positivity rate," a spokesperson for Governor DeSantis said. "We believe yesterday's high number was due to a large submission file and skewed the numbers for that day. The Governor will not lockdown and hurt families who can't afford to shelter in place for 6 weeks. Especially not for a virus that has a 99.8% survival rate. One area of concern is Assisted Living Facilities. Since those over 70 face the greatest threat from [COVID] the Governor is monitoring those numbers daily and is prepared to move therapeutic and prophylactic assets to those facilities as needed."
At the end of September, Governor DeSantis made county-wide mask mandates unenforceable, by eliminating fines associated with them.
The state has seen a steady increase in cases and positivity rates since fully re-opening.
A spokesperson said, "The county is monitoring the COVID-19 numbers closely," and added that they will be receiving another update from the county's health director, Dr. Alina Alonso.
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