Florida Deaths Hit a Record Without Statewide Plan to Stop Covid
Florida reported records in both Covid-19 deaths and new hospitalizations Thursday.
The state had 120 deaths among residents, compared with 48 the previous day. Cumulatively, deaths among Florida residents climbed by 3.1% to 4,009, according to the report, which includes data through Wednesday.
The report is the clearest sign yet that the wave of new Covid-19 infections that started among younger residents has expanded and begun to have dire clinical consequences. Governor Ron DeSantis has repeatedly ruled out a sweeping mask mandate or taking the state back into a lockdown to stem the virus, although local governments have acted on their own.
While deaths typically lag infections by weeks, the report gave no indications that cases are abating.
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