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Florida Is Drowning In COVID, Breaks Record Of Hospitalizations As DeSantis Refuses To Act



Ron DeSantis

The state of Florida broke a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations on Sunday, reporting more than 10,200 patients, The Associated Press reports.

Citing data from the Department of Health and Human Services, the news agency reported that 10,207 COVID-19 patients were in the hospital in Florida.

The hospitalization record comes as Governor Ron DeSantis (R) continues to downplay the seriousness of the deadly virus by opposing mask mandate and vaccination.

It also comes as the U.S. is grappling with the increasing spread of the delta variant and just days after Florida registered its highest daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic with 21,683, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the AP, Florida now has the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations per capita in the country.

Gov. DeSantis (R) and other Republican politicians have fought against mandatory mask requirements in light of renewed guidance issued by the CDC last week that advised fully vaccinated people to start wearing masks inside in areas of high COVID-19 transmission.

The school board in Broward County already announced earlier this week that its students and staff would need to start wearing masks inside in response to higher cases counts in South Florida, putting the school board directly at odds with DeSantis.