DEATHSANTIS?: Florida Has Lowest Rate of New Infections in US

As supporter holds up a Brandon, Florida sign as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, speaks to members of the media before a bill signing Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. Gov. DeSantis has embraced “Let’s go Brandon.” The Republican governor's campaign said they picked the small Tampa suburb of Brandon as the place for his signing of a bill opposing White House vaccine mandates Thursday, trolling President Joe Biden by referring to what has become a popular stand-in for swearing at the president. The “Let’s Go Brandon” line has grown in popularity among Republicans who want to boost their credentials among the party's hard-core base. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

For months, progressives and their colleagues in the mainstream media were bashing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the Sunshine State’s high Covid-19 infection rate, blaming his laid-back approach to combatting the virus and labeling him “DeathSantis.”

Now, DeSantis’ critics have gone silent as Florida’s infection rate is the lowest in the nation.

According to recent statistics released Friday, Florida is reporting a daily average of 1,393 new cases, which is a rate of six cases per every 100,000 people – a 5% decrease over the last two-week period.

Michigan, whose governor has taken a “every Covid infection is a death sentence” approach to the virus, has the highest infection rate in the country at 85 cases per 100,000 people, nearly 60% higher than the previous 14-day period.

“It just shows once again the success of Governor DeSantis’ science-based and data-based policies,” said DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw. “He’s always made decisions based on the data and that continued even during the delta surge this summer. What he realized would help was not mask mandates in school or lockdowns but [providing] treatment that actually works.”

DeSantis has been in a war with the Biden administration over Covid-19 restrictions.

Earlier this month, DeSantis signed legislation prohibiting private employers from mandating vaccines and allowing them to provide religious and health exemptions to the federal vaccine mandate, or periodic testing as an alternative to getting vaccinated.

The law also prohibits school districts from requiring students to get vaccinated or implementing mask mandates, and gives parents the right to sue districts that violate the law.

“I told Floridians that we would protect their jobs and today we made that law,” DeSantis said in a release following his signing of the legislation. “Nobody should lose their job due to heavy-handed COVID mandates and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida.”

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  1. These results may not be a result of actual Covid illnesses, but a result of testing methods. Florida is probably doing less testing and therefore find fewer cases.
    The problem with all these statistics is who is considered as having Covid. is it someone who gets sick or anyone who tests positive? If you test only sick people your percentage of population with Covid will be much lower than if you test everyone.
    The Omicron panic is only because of testing everyone regardless as to actual illness.

  2. He is deathsantis.

    The state added 664 (!)deaths in the latest report. This brings the total statewide number of pandemic deaths to 60,334 (!) . Even those outrageous numbers of dead people are skewed. The actual number is substantially more.

    In order to make DeSantis look good, Florida has become the most secretive state regarding publishing Covid info.

    The Florida Department of Health announced in June that it would no longer release daily COVID-19 data. Instead, it now releases one report every Friday — but it continues to withhold information that previously was publicly available.

    As of June 4, the state no longer reports non-resident vaccinations, coronavirus cases and fatalities. The state has declined repeated requests to provide non-resident data to the Tampa Bay Times.

    Florida is the only state that updates its coronavirus caseloads and data just once per week.

  3. Time will tell. The cases in general seem to come in waves, they go up and they go down. Don’t think this particular situation has anything to do with DeSantis’ “leadership”.

  4. Florida has a higher rate of death than Michigan from COVID, so not sure the crowing by FL. Also, seems like in Florida there have been a mysterious increase in deaths not attributed to COVID this past year… Hmmm…

  5. DeSantos is doing a fabulous job.

    This entire covid-19 sensationalism is nothing but scare tactics that the media is not letting go of because it produces more clicks and gains them more power. Since the initial virus introduction to the world in Feb.,Match, April of 2020 where hundreds of thousands people died, the virus has mutated to be no more deadly than the flu which incidently is barely on the radar anymore, supposedly it has mostly receded to irrelevant numbers because of the wearing of masks which should shouldve taken care of covid-19 as well if it were so effective.

  6. philosopher – in the last 6 months the US has over 170,000 deaths from COVID. The seasonal flu kills between 10,000 – 50,000 people a year.

    But sure, if you say it is no more deadly than the flu and ignore the actual data that says otherwise, I guess that must make you right.

  7. Florida’s infection rate is down simply because it is not the flu season in the South. EVERY YEAR the American South has its flu season in the summer, and this year was no different. People were screaming that the surge of the virus in the southern states proved the governors’ policies were killing people, but they were wrong. It was the natural effect of the annual flu season in that region. Now, just like every year, the flu season is over in the South and has begun in the North. The novel coronavirus is simply following the same pattern as its rival in the same ecological niche have always done. That is all.

  8. Sheker b’li emes, it is NOT TRUE that in the last 6 months the US has over 170,000 deaths from Wuhan Disease. The vast majority of those deaths were WITH Wuhan Disease, not FROM it. They are people who died of something else, and would almost certainly have died anyway, but they happened to have caught the Wuhan virus as well.