Ah, Floriduh, home of the newly wed and the nearly dead, is setting new records:
Florida reported 21,683 new COVID-19 cases — the most in the state in a single day since the pandemic began, per data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday.
The big picture: Florida is now the U.S. coronavirus epicenter, with the Delta variant driving a surge, Axios Tampa Bay’s Ben Montgomery notes.
To put those 21K Floriduh cases in context, The WaPo tells us:
“The nation is already reporting more than 70,000 cases a day, according to The Washington Post’s rolling seven-day average — an increase of nearly 60,000 in the daily average in less than six weeks. Cases, measured as that rolling average, have risen to levels last seen in February.”
…which is about ⅓ of all cases. Well-played, Floriduh!
And that’s probably why America’s Aging Prom Date and Floriduh Rep. Matt Gaetz is cracking funny:
“You’ve had all the experts say look out for the delta variant or the lambda variant, well next it’ll be the Chi Omega variant or the Pi Kappa Psi variant. I got the Florida variant. I got the freedom variant.”
I guess when you are a Death Cult, the race to the grave is where you get bragging rights?
Floriduh is winning over those frosty people from the land of Poutine and Molson, eh:
Last month, Canada blew past the United States in the share of its population that’s fully vaccinated — 58% as of Friday, versus 49% in the U.S. — to take first place among the seven big industrial democracies. (The United States ranks sixth, ahead of only Japan.)”
Back to Axios, where we learn that 2024 Goat Rodeo wannabe Ron DeSantis is hitching his star to killing the kids:
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has taken a stand against local authority restrictions, announcing in May that he would pardon “any Floridian” who faces “outstanding infractions” for violating COVID-19 guidance like mask mandates and social distancing.
- On Friday, he issued an executive order that bars local school districts from requiring students to wear masks when they return to the classroom next month.
I dunno what it is going to take to get vaccines in the arms of those sun-addled fools, or if we should just saw off the state as Bugs suggests.