By Duncan Smith

Florida, by all accounts, was a coronavirus success story.

New York, not so much.

Thanks to the bumbling incompetence of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York’s rate of infection and COVID-19 deaths skyrocketed because of his decision to order nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients.

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis did just the opposite. He moved to protect his nursing homes.

But after reopening Florida, the state began to experience a dramatic increase in positive coronavirus cases.

That doesn’t mean hospitalizations, mind you, just a higher number of cases.

Breitbart reports, however, that after record-setting spikes, the numbers are starting to come down again?

Florida experienced a dip in coronavirus cases following a record-breaking weekend, reporting 5,266 new cases on Monday — down from 9,585 on Saturday and 8,530 on Sunday.

The Monday numbers, reported by the Florida Department of Health, bring the state's total cases to 146,341 since March 1. The department added 110 hospitalizations and 28 deaths, bringing the state's overall death count to 3,447.

Florida has experienced an explosion of new cases over the last two weeks, which officials have attributed to both an increase in testing and the reopening of the economy. Many of the new cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) noted, have been among a younger demographic, some of whom are asymptomatic.

'We know now after having dealt with the coronavirus for all these months that the mortality and morbidity is very closely linked to age,' he explained during a June 19 press conference, adding, 'and those under 40, in particular, who don't have any significant underlying conditions, are much, much less likely to be hospitalized or to suffer fatality.'

At the time, DeSantis noted the median age of those testing positive had decreased to 37.

'So, particularly in the younger cohort…  you're finding infections with minimal or zero symptoms. That's a little bit different than what we did at the beginning of the pandemic,' the governor explained.

'A new case is just a positive test. It doesn't mean somebody's sick,' he added. 'The number of cases is not necessarily something that's going to tell you what the burden of the disease is.'

The problem though is that Florida’s beaches will remain closed over the July 4 holiday, unfortunately.

Breitbart adds:

Florida has since suspended on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars across the state, as localities enact their own restrictions, some of which require residents to wear masks in public. Additionally, officials are closing popular South Florida beaches over the Fourth of July weekend due to the rising number of cases.

As it stood on Monday, Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County comprised over 43 percent of the state's overall cases.

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