Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) says that it’s “our COVID season,” apparently settling his constituents into the idea that this nation simply isn’t going to take sufficient precautions to beat the virus, and instead accepting that it’s going to keep mutating and killing off our population.
In the clip below, DeSantis opens with “COVID season” before admitting that cases and hospitalizations are both above what he had anticipated.
“This is our COVID season. We thought we would see an increase — I don’t know that we thought we would necessarily see this many positive tests.”
— Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who has essentially banned most mitigation measures in his state pic.twitter.com/Q3M1jSowm3
— The Recount (@therecount) August 5, 2021
“I think we anticipated — I said publicly, this is our COVID season. We thought we would see an increase. I don’t know that we thought that we would necessarily see this many positive tests, and some of the hospital admissions, just because if you look, we’ve got — 91% of seniors who are most likely to be hospitalized have gotten at least one shot.”
DeSantis can claim that it’s the older population who he expected to be hospitalized, but according to the Miami Herald, Florida can currently report that it has more children hospitalized with the virus than almost any other state.
“Only Texas reported a higher total number of pediatric patients in hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 on Tuesday — 142 children — compared to 135 in Florida.”
Meanwhile, as the Associated Press reported earlier this week, DeSantis refuses to consider any mandates that could protect the people of his state, and in fact said that the “seasonal” increase was due to more people spending time together inside to escape the heat, and that cases would fall again in coming weeks.
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