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Florida Leads US In New Covid-19 Coronavirus Cases, Yet Sticks With Weekly Not Daily Reporting

Florida Leads US In New Covid-19 Coronavirus Cases, Yet Sticks With Weekly Not Daily Reporting

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A lot can happen in a week.

From July 16 to July 23, Florida tallied 73,199 new Covid-19 coronavirus cases. That’s an over 60% increase from the previous week, based on data from Florida Health. During that time period, Florida had more new reported infections than any other state in the U.S. In fact, Florida now accounts for about one out of every five new reported Covid-19 coronavirus infections across the entire U.S.

Over the past week, Florida has had at least 282 Covid-19-related deaths as well, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. All of this has been happening in a state where less than half of the population (48.5%) is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with vaccination rates slowing as this News4JAX segment showed:

So, things don’t seem to be going very well in Florida, unless, of course, you happen to be a virus that looks like a spiky massage ball.

Yet, despite all this, the Florida state government doesn’t appear to be budging from its June 4 switch from daily to weekly reporting of Covid-19 statistics for the state, according to Forrest Saunders reporting for WPTV, the NBC affiliate of West Palm Beach, Florida. Florida is one of a number of states that decided in recent months to ditch daily reporting in favor of more infrequent reporting. But as Arielle Mitropoulos described in her July 2 ABC News article entitled “Dozens of states end daily COVID-19 data reports, causing experts to fear hidden outbreaks,” many public health experts were not too happy with these switches away from daily reporting of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the middle of a pandemic.

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