The Tampa Bay Times reports:
Florida logged a new record for the most coronavirus deaths announced in a day with 277 on Tuesday. Tuesday’s record brought the statewide death toll to 8,685 people, according to the Florida Department of Health.
The weekly death average increased to 166 people dead per day. The previous high was 257 deaths on July 31, according to the health department.
Florida added 5,831 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total to 542,792 cases since the pandemic began. The Tampa Bay area added 797 new coronavirus cases and 44 deaths Tuesday. The number of tests processed statewide decreased some to 67,000. Hospitalizations increased by 573 admissions.
Jacksonville’s NBC News affiliate reports:
During a roundtable meeting at a public charter school in Riverview, DeSantis reiterated his position that the risk of contracting COVID-19 among students remains low and schools need to reopen this fall to give parents education options.
“Nothing’s risk-free in life,” DeSantis said. “There’s nothing we can do that’s going to be zero. But the risks are, what I would say low for the students, the risk of the schools being real drivers of the epidemic, certainly that’s not been validated in the observed experience up to this point. So in that sense, you take that and then you have to look, what are the costs of not offering in-person, and then make that judgment.”
There is more at all the links above. For example in the Tampa Bay Times it mentions how the state government is with holding information on hospital bed usage and how many critically ill patients from Covid. They simply do not want the people to know. Hugs
The state’s positivity rate, or the percentage of positive results among all tests processed, has remained far above the World Health Organization recommendation. As of Tuesday, the average percentage of tests coming back positive was about 17 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Months ago, the World Health Organization set a recommendation that communities maintain a 5 percent positivity rate for two weeks or longer before loosening social distancing restrictions.
The positivity rate is a helpful metric to understand if an area is doing enough testing. But if the rate is too high, it likely means only the sickest people have access to testing.
Meanwhile, doctors across the state are urging school leaders to keep schools closed.
Governor DeSantis referenced a mostly debunked goal driven study from the UK to claim that the Covid virus is more like the flu for kids and kids spread it like the flu. The study is flawed and debunked and it information in it is wrong. Newer studies including the current cases in the US prove that, but even so if the study was correct the flu is still dangerous and putting kids together in a flu pandemic wouldn’t make sense either. This whole get kids back to school is driven by the state’s desperate money shortage. The don’t have money to pay the state’s bills including the state’s unemployment payments costs, and the only way to get tax revenue is to get people working / buying / selling things. Plus the lack of money moving is hurting the wealthy owners and interfering with the stock market that the Fed is keeping artificially high so the wealthy don’t get too upset. It is all about money and greed because Republicans do not want to give money to people to help them in this crisis and they are refusing to help states because they thought it was only Democratic run states in trouble. But guess what, that is changing fast. Florida is begging the government for help. So are other red states. I think you will see Senate Republicans change their tune on that quietly this week. Hugs