As Florida Shatters Single-Day Record for New Coronavirus Cases, Democrats Want to Know, ‘Where is Gov. Ron DeSantis?’

As Florida reported nearly 47,000 new coronavirus cases, again shattering its single-day record since the start of the pandemic, Democrats and critics called on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to do more to address the state’s spike in infections driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant.

The state on Wednesday reported 46,923 new cases from Tuesday, as the omicron surge nearly doubled Florida’s previous peak over the summer. The state, which broke the record for new daily infections that was just set on Christmas Eve, is averaging more than 30,300 new coronavirus cases a day, according to data tracked by The Washington Post — second in the nation to New York.

While deaths continue to decline in Florida — an average of 18 a day as of Wednesday — the number of cases has exploded by 182 percent compared with the previous seven-day period. Florida now has reported 4 million total cases since the pandemic began, joining California and Texas as the only states with at least 4 million coronavirus infections since 2020.

Amid the surge, some in the state have argued that DeSantis, who recently signed multiple bills into law to curtail vaccine and mask mandates, has not done enough to help against the omicron variant. Orange County, Fla., Mayor Jerry Demings (D) said at a news conference this week that counties have yet to receive funding for increased coronavirus testing during the holidays. He also questioned why DeSantis has been largely absent during the state’s record-breaking period.

“We have not received any assistance from the state of Florida at our testing sites,” he said on Tuesday. “Our residents, all Florida residents, should be outraged and they should ask the question, ‘Where is our state? Where is our governor? Where is Ron DeSantis now?’”

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Timothy Bella

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