Last Updated: 4:01 p.m.
New single-day cases of Covid-19 in Florida set a record for the third day in a row, this time approaching the 5,000 mark–a day after the state exceeded the 3,000-mark for the first time.
New confirmed coronavirus infections on Thursday totaled 3,316. New infections reported for Friday totaled 4,061. At the previous height of the epidemic in early to mid-April, highs were in the 1,300 range. Daily tallies then fell.
Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared unconcerned at a news conference this afternoon. “Sticking with the program is the best thing to do,” he said, referring to existing guidelines and phasing of society’s reopening.
Florida’s cumulative total is near 94,000. Flagler’s total is 224, a one-day jump eight cases–one of the largest one-day increases since the beginning of the pandemic, and a warning sign that the county’s relative success in containing the disease may be eroding. New Flagler cases recorded since June 16 include an 18-year-old man and two 19-year-old men. The two 19 year olds are not county or Florida residents, though the Department of Health tally does not show where they may have been visiting from. (Flagler County’s rate of 222 infections per 100,000 population places it the 47th out of 67 counties in rates of infection.)
No deaths related to the disease have been reported in Flagler since June 3, keeping the county’s fatalities at five. But Florida added 40 deaths Friday, for a total of 3,104. Florida is now among the nation’s Covid-19 hot spots, along with Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and South Carolina, all of whom pushed for a swift reopening of the economy in May.
Friday’s total cannot be attributed to increased testing for the most part, as DeSantis claimed earlier this week. Testing has ranged between 25,000 and 35,000 tests per day over the past two weeks. The “positivity rate”–the rate at which those tested test positive–has risen as sharply as the number of those infected: it had fallen to the 5 to 7 percent range in late May, and was in the 3 to 5 percent range two weeks ago. It has been in double digits for the past four days, and reached 14 percent on Friday.
In the news conference this afternoon DeSantis again repeatedly downplayed the severity of the spike and at one point ridiculed the attention on the rising numbers: “I knew how that would be portrayed, oh my gosh, more cases, more cases,” he said.
He focused on the median age of those testing positive, which has fallen, and saying that because the spike is trending younger, it will have fewer “clinical” consequences (meaning fewer people will end up hospitalized, he speculates). He did not suggest there’d be any changes in the state’s reopening approach. “Most people are doing a great job,” he said of social distancing guidelines–a statement contradicted by the numbers. He acknowledged that in “a few” places people are packing in together. “That is not what we’re looking to do, we want to do it in a very measured way.”
He also acknowledged that transmission is increasing, with a much higher rate of positivity in those tested. “Those are things we’ve got to tackle” he said, without providing specifics on how, different than what’s being done at the moment. He mentioned masks only in passing, and spoke of the “mixed messages” on mask-wearing, repeating the mixed messages rather than stating the Centers for Disease Control’s rather categorical message that masks are necessary in public places. “I’ve not pre-empted locals from doing what they think is right,” he said, but noted that “statewide penalties” for not following certain rules “would be problematic.”
One of the reporters called out the governor on masks, telling him his own staff isn’t wearing masks indoors, at the news conference. DeSantis said as long as they maintain the proper distance, “that’s appropriate.” That’s not what public health officials are recommending: masks indoors, where numerous people gather, are more essential than masks outdoors.
The governor, a lawyer, appeared as he has throughout the pandemic at his news conferences–alone, without public health officials, physicians or epidemiologists to provide explanations, verify the governor’s speculations or answer reporters’ questions. Repeating what is becoming an official talking point–“those cases are skewing younger, which is the less vulnerable population,” and many who test positive are asymptomatic–DeSantis said people should follow Phase 2 guidelines. ‘The system is doing well, and again, a case is just that, a positive test,” he said. “You’d think the way it’s framed it’s some type of death sentence, and that’s just not the reality of the situation.”
DeSantis said hospitals have plenty of capacity and daily fatalities have “continued to trend down,” and said he was confident the health care system would handle the spike. But the spike in April never reached the numbers in the last 10 days. “It just wouldn’t be appropriate to take some of these actions given that we have the hospitals in good shape,” the governor said, answering a question about stricter controls.
But hospitalizations and deaths lag by several days, with most models showing a subsequent rise in both–a lag DeSantis did not address today.
Other countries that are seeing resurgences of the virus such as South Korea and China are taking more serious measures, again shutting down limited segments of society and reducing interaction between people.
AdventHealth Palm Coast is reporting just three available beds out of 112, according to data provided by the state Agency for Health Care Administration today, with two of 18 intensive care unit beds available. The health department reports 24 total Covid-19 hospitalizations since the beginning of the crisis, but neither the department nor the hospital indicate how many patients are at the hospital now for Covid treatment.
Currently, one resident–at Tuscan Gardens–and one staff member–at Grand Oaks Rehabilitation–are infected with the coronavirus. Two staffers who work at two other long-term care facilites have recovered.
Rebekah Jones, a former state health department data manager who launched her own data dashboard since she was fired from the department, places total Florida cases at 97,346, with 24,692 recoveries, and total deaths at 3,197. Her data places Flagler’s total at 240 cases and six deaths, with 104 recoveries and 55 new cases in the last 30 days.
County-level projections released Wednesday by PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia point to increasing risk over the next four weeks for Covid-19 resurgence in Florida, Arizona, Texas and South Carolina. “Among all of the worsening forecasts,” the policy lab reported, “several areas in Florida had considerably more alarming predictions from last week—for example, new daily cases are projected to rise to 500 in Palm Beach and nearly 350 in Orlando by mid-July. New areas of concern are also emerging on the coast of South Carolina—from Myrtle Beach through Charleston and Hilton Head Island—and worsening disease burden in parishes around New Orleans are threatening virus resurgence in that city for the first time in two months.”
“Understanding the underlying reasons why some communities are succeeding so far in containing additional widespread community transmission of Covid-19—whether due to differences in ability to contain local outbreaks in high-risk locations, like meatpacking plants, or vigilance in personal protective behaviors—will be key to informing community strategies to contain spread of coronavirus beyond this summer,” said David Rubin, director of PolicyLab and a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. “Those bright spots should be receiving equal, if not more, attention than the hotspots as we prepare for what may be a difficult fall.”
David S. says
Well DeSantis what do say about this blame it on the elderly or the migrant workers again ???????
Susan Grine says
Gov. Desantis should be accountable for murder just like the Trump administration. This virus does not care who and what you are, each time it mutates it create a different strand, which makes it hard to determine how to create a solution.
CB from PC says
I think they are both awaiting trial after Cuomo.
All you have to do is look around you when you leave the house to see the cause! Everyone is running around without masks and acting like nothing ever happened. Our idiot of a governor is in total denial and refusing to accept the facts. Yes, more results are showing positive because more people are getting tested, duh! This pandemic is much more pervasive than anyone realizes and if you don’t understand that, then you are living in a fool’s paradise. People are spreading the virus exponentially by not taking precautions and are putting us all at risk. Wake up folks!!! Your selfish entitled behavior is a potential death sentence.
Spot on MRC. People just don’t care. In this society which has gone to the dogs, we have the all mighty “Don’t Tell Me What To Do Group.” and thats the group that goes without masks, doesn’t social distance, why ! because they don’t want to be told what to do with their rights as citizens. Well a friend of ours in Orlando is one of these fools, and guess what, he just tested positive for Covid19. We told his wife, we told ya so, but Stupid wouldn’t listen. I’m just glad we haven’t seen them in 6 months. And then you have the young people, the invincible group., Can’t tell them anything. They always learn the hard way, like we did when we were their age. When they start being admitted to the hospital the some start to die, maybe they will wake up.
Did they die?
Yay! Let’s keep ignoring social distancing, not wearing masks, and make sure you cuddle up to a stranger on the beach! Let’s keep our #1 position worldwide in infections! We’re number one! We’re number one!
Please just wear masks. I know it’s an inconvenience, but we all need to do our part until this thing gets under control. No more excuses. Businesses do your part too. Let servers wear masks and have hand sanitizing stations. that they need to use between every table. Let’s nip it in the bud.
Ah com’on . . . “It’s all a hoax!”
Everyone: NY and NJ send down your weak, sicken, and informed. The warm weather and salt air will cure you – Promise (he he) Take off your masks. Let’s set another daily World record of COVID positives.
Godspeed to ya’ll to those that do.
What is wrong with officials not more testing just people thinking pandemic is over.!!!!!!!!!!!People wake up before someone you love dies from covid. WEAR MASKS,FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES, STAY HOME ,AND SOCIAL DISTANCE. I was at publix yesterday when the man I won’t call him what I want to, did not stay on the mark spot on the floor in line as soon as I put my groceries on the belt he put his on and moved right behind me.If that wasn’t bad enough he was coughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I finally said 6 feet and he didn’t move.I was done so I left ughhhhhh .Mayor Holland please do something require masks in public since our governor is not doing anything to protect us.
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Listen, people will, are, and can move about and consciously distance, with no mask: here’s my routine. I keep my mouth shut. I breathe minimally. I don’t whistle out loud like some total unaware bozos. I keep my mouth shut, move quickly, and engage min no chit-chat. I don’t loiter in enclosed public settings. (on my phone, etc.) I Fast lane right from point A to point B and checkout as efficiently as possible. It’s the people that don’t have any regard, that want to “chat up,” or “whistle their favorite tune” with no mask in public personal space that need to be challenged behaviorally. The rest of us are just leaving a minimal footprint wherever we are. I’m Not scratching lotto, and shooting the shit; just getting milk, eggs and in a b-line between there and the car. Responsibly minimizing contact all the way.
John Stove says
You “breathe minimally”?…….its not just breathing that transmits the disease….anything you touched or came in contact with can transmit the disease if it had Covid-19 on the surface.
The person next to you or who passed you three feet away and coughed or sneezed without a mask on also could have infected you while you “breathed minimally”….
I dont know maybe its a lack of oxygen kinda thing with some folks refusal to wear a a mask
Is there any reason our county can’t mandate masks?
@ken they surely can as Orange County did. However, it’s “voluntary compliance” so what’s the point?
Jane Gentile-Youd says
Somehow I am reminded of Nevil Shute’s classic ” ON THE BEACH” where the last human survivors take their lives as in nuclear- neutron bomb- fallout hits Australia last and they know it’s over for humanity.
Is this virus going to eventually get all of us first? I try to think positive as much as possible but I am frightened that we are possibly being faced with a similar fate unless a vaccine is in the near future. Scary that one can be a carrier but not suffer but cause the death of someone else because they don’t give a damn for their fellow man – because of invented selfish outrageous ‘rights’ or mislabeling it a ‘political’ issue pretending it is not a extremely dangerous and fast growing health issue.
If one refuses to wear a mask and distance themselves they should be locked up in their homes and charged for home delivery of their food and necessities so that the rest of us might have a better chance of surviving – especially those with physical issues and the elderly.
We don’t need a neutron bomb to destroy if we keep welcoming the corona virus with open arms……….just my unqualified personal opinion.
Trailer Bob says
Regardless of what others choose to do, we can always wear the mask and take proper precautions ourselves.
But just remember in all reality, that this is similar to a flu and most will not die from it. Nonetheless, it is just respectful to protect each other from getting sick. Go into any bar in town and you will see that most people do not believe there is any real danger. I am 64 and very healthy, but what the heck…might as well be safe.
This stinks says
Death and destruction. 2020 is a big pile of steaming💩💩💩. But, by all means feel free to not wear a mask to protect others. It reveals your character or rather lack thereof.
This is not a surprise to me. Have you not noticed the amount of traffic in Palm Coast. I live in Palm Coast year round. I look forward to the summer months because many of our Northern neighbors go back up North for the cooler weather. I have noticed a large increase in the New York and New Jersey license plates with younger people in them. You might have also noticed a increase in the activity at Flagler Beach. Many are from out of town. I have spoke to a few, and for many reasons they have escaped NY! If I remember correctly. New York was one of the worse hot spots in the U.S. Do you think the virus was smart enough to hitch a ride to sunny Palm Coast FL?
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Are you kidding. It’s a mater of when, not if; I’m this town. Palm coast. Land of the self involved, self oriented transient. (Ny/nj) shh… don’t call them out. That get all offended and stuff. Yes, it’s hard being a long term local here, especially from the south. “Brrrrr…” if ya know what Mean.
Mike Cocchiola says
According to Trump bottom-feeder Ron DeSantis, it’s all those damn Mexicans crawling under, climbing over, or wiggling through Trump’s impenetrable border wall. That’s the one he’ll be bragging about tonight. And he’ll brag about making the pandemic go away by simply by ignoring it. The crowd will love it all and then go home and further infect their home states.
Damn… forgot about all of those sick Floridians. No problem to see there. DeSantis promises you’ll have a hospital bed to die in.
Percy's mother says
If you look at the up-to-date stats, there’s been an increase in cases in the last 2 weeks, and that would coincide with the protests, riots and looting (without social distancing and without masks).
If you look at the stats, the median age of new cases in the last 2 weeks has been trending down to the 20s to 30s age group.
The incubation period for this particular virus is from 2 to 14 days.
The incubation period and trending down to the present median age group coincides with the civil unrest to which we’ve all been subjected.
But by all means continue with the illusion of DeSantis and Trump being the causes.
So now I suppose it’ll be the Florida Department of Health is cooking the numbers.
Stores, bars and restaurants opening are more likely to be the cause of the spike in younger people. More so than protests held in a few cities primarily in open air space for small periods of time.And many protesters were wearing masks. Nice spin though.
Hes just another alternate reality to the facts follower of the orange blowhard how disappointing. I thought he would be different. His lack of action on this forces me to not vote for him again. Wishy washy spin to everything Wheres the Science “Donald” DeSantis smh
Trailer Bob says
Some of you just cannot keep politics out of it. So tired of reading every damn thing people are thinking. Feel better now that you brought some more stress into our lives?
Get a life…we all already know your politics…but it’s a beautiful Sunday morning, so just…ya know.
Well the article was about Desantis to an extent and he is our Gov. and that entails Politics which he leaves to his master POTUS follow me TB?? LOL
PS I am the American Party wgich means none of them work for me
Percy's mother says
The science is on the Florida Department of Health website. Check it out.
See my post from above regarding the stats and the trends.
Sherry Epley says
Thank you all for speaking out about those who are endangering us all by not wearing a mask in crowded public places and social distancing!
Thank you also to those who do wear a mask and social distance.
According to the latest official information, there are only TWO ICU beds available in Flagler county today. Let’s hope we all stay safe and well and that no one needs them. This is NOT a hoax or a fire drill!
We can assist in limiting the spread of this very highly contagious and lethal disease by NOT relying solely on any politician’s agenda filled message. Listen instead to the MEDICAL EXPERTS . We can help to save our neighbors from illness and possibly death by continuing to social distance and wearing a mask.
Why? Why? Why? Are there those that are so incredibly selfish and self centered that they still refuse to simply be good neighbors and “try” to keep us all safer? Why are we no longer considering each and every life precious and treasured by our entire community? These are indeed terrible times for relationships between human beings!
Here is the link to the latest hospital capacity data:
I think EVERY store and EVERY business should have a sign at the entrance stating that customers customers cannot enter without wearing mask. Only then will people start to seriously follow rules to help keep them healthy.
Sad Times says
Very well done! Very well said!
I’m just wondering where the so-called Christians are? I thought their mantra was…do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
For those who claim to be Christian….and don’t believe in protecting your fellow man …and woman…by wearing masks and self distancing…please stop being selfish…and practice good deeds…not just talk about them.
Percy's mother says
Regarding the link posted from the AHCA,
I took a look at it.
I do not see anywhere in those stats that mentions ALL ICU BEDS are taken by Covid patients.
That all ICU beds are taken by Covid patients is a misconception.
Linking and reading stats is only as good as the ability to correctly decipher the stats.
just remember you probably voted for this
Go home people says
I was just food shopping at Target yesterday. Most, not all, were wearing masks. Even younger people. However most ppl seemed to lack understanding about social distancing. I can understand the confusion as the store was crowded. The aisles at Target are not one way like Publix. Yet at Publix on 100, over half the customers did not have on masks. Parents, please tell your teens and college kids to wear a mask while in public. They’re the spreaders otherwise.
Why is there still so much traffic in PC? Usually the snowbirds leave by now. Assuming they think they’re safer here. Maybe they are not paying attention to the numbers. They’re probably safer going back up North.
Carmen Sense says
The huge increase in number of tests being done means higher number of Reported Cases. It also means a much lower rate of hospitalization + lower death rate. There are so many people who’ve had this virus who had zero symptoms and did not transmit it to others, and the rest of us will get it or have had it. The so called experts said from the get go that everyone would end up getting it and the Goal was to flatten the curve such that hospitals could handle the bad cases. Why is this seemingly not known???? Come on; we are smarter than this. Think.
Masked Man says
The 1918 influenza pandemic (Spanish Flu) was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus. Between 2017 and 2019 (one hundred years later) the H1N1 virus killed almost 100,000 Americans. We have a vaccine for H1N1 and yet it kills 10s of 1000s of Americans EVERY year. Am I supposed to wear my mask (I always do) for the rest of my life?
What’s DeSantis saying about the Major League Baseball spring training leaving the State of Florida for the first time ever because of the high rate of the virus in Florida?
I am sure DeSantis will make up some lame excuses like blaming vegetable pickers or say the increase is because he is doing such a great job on testing.
DeSantis only does what Donald Trump his idol tells him to do and that was to open Florida way too early and this is the result because of that mistake. DeSantis should have done more testing before opening up the state just to please Donald Trump, then this probably wouldn’t be happening.
He can brag that there are hospital beds waiting for you when you get there to die and even tell you that they offer room service while you’re waiting to die.
Just remember this when he decides to run for re-election.
Mayor Holland needs to insist on masks being worn in public, someone that is in that position needs to protect the people of Palm Coast because it is obvious DeSantis is ignoring the reality of what is really happening in the State of Florida, all he cares about his pleasing his idol Donald Trump and getting brownie points from Donald.
When going shopping at Publix now hardly any of the customers are wearing masks, even at Lowes, not even their staff all had masks on. What is wrong with people, why do most walk around as they will never get the virus?
Once again Mayor Holland for the safety of Palm Coast please insists people start wearing masks out in public. It is for their safety and everyone else’s safety.
A. J. says
Listen to the health experts. They know more about C. virus than the politions. The politions well what can I say. We need to be responsible for our own health. Masks, handwashimg, social distancing and covering our mouths when we cough & sneeze. The politions do not care f9r us ss we now see. They just want our votes. We better care for outselves. BE SAFE.
Do Covid-19 tests are suppossed to show just positives?. How about the negatives?. If more positives in Florida are increasing from day to day in asymptomatic young people it is because it is recent infection. If the State can show that the increase it is due to “more testings” then where are those data that can link the new cases to infections 1 week or older?. Just wondering.
Gary R says
Coronavirus death toll is heavily concentrated in Democratic congressional districts https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/05/26/coronavirus-death-toll-is-heavily-concentrated-in-democratic-congressional-districts/
Did you hear trump last night saying that he has asked his people to SLOW DOWN testing, so the numbers don’t look so bad! OMG!
Now his Washington mouth pieces are “spinning” his words, saying he was only “JOKING”! What the hell?!
This virus, that is killing more in the USA than any other country, is most certainly NO JOKING MATTER! Over 120,000 lost souls in in our country alone, and your president is making jokes about it. . . at a minimum. trump supporters out there, please really give that some in depth thought. Are you really going to vote for such a person again? Actually, all you need to do is go for a walk on the beach instead of voting at all. Something to consider.
Stay safe and healthy. Wear your mask and social distance to protect your neighbors in crowded public places. Demand equality for ALL. Seek peace, joy and love!
CB from PC says
The joke is that masses of “protesters” were all locked arm in arm for their 15 minutes of fame for a couple of weeks. Now You are seeing the results.
As far as voting, a friend asked me if having a racist President bothered me. I told him that it did, and that is why after 8 years I voted for Trump.
Masked Man says
Sherry – there is no “safe” unless you stay at home. Even then an airplane (or a part thereof) could fall out of the sky and kill you. You could be driving down (or up) I-95 and an errant vehicle could collide with you and kill you. You could contract the H1N1 virus (the current strain of the flu) and succumb to it. Without regard for what trump says you CAN be careful. Stay home but if you must go out wear a mask, wash you hands and don’t touch the point of sale terminals at businesses unless you’ve seen then being wiped by a disinfectant. Above all don’t patronize ANY business that does not require masks of ALL of its customers. Just stay away from those places of business.
Bill C says
Stop beating around the bush- TRUMP bears the primary responsibility! He’s the one setting the example for the nation by NOT wearing a mask,first calling Covid a HOAX, then insisting Covid will go away on its own, pushing BS about hydroxychoroquine, etc etc etc. And his cowardly lackey Desantis is “just following orders”, both of them leading Florida (and the whole country) to disaster.
For all those that hate the cloth masks, or the “hospital” ones or the respirators. For all those that say they keep slipping or are hot, etc. I bought these masks the second week of January. I have ZERO affiliation with this company and get ZERO for posting this—these are just great masks with n99 filters.
I read about this virus on med sites in late December and it just felt different so I acted. I bought those masks and wear them everywhere I go. The filters are easy to change out and they last a long time. The mask is comfortable. Air it out though when you first get it, put it in the sun if possible. You can wipe the outside off and hand wash (without the filter).
Wearing a mask is a simple thing. It’s not hard. It’s not harmful. It violates nothing. I have family I need to protect. I have friends that are vulnerable. Neighbors too. Why should we be cavalier and let a virus take them down when we can all do this small thing to protect them? This isn’t political. It’s not anti-Constitutional. It’s a mask. It’s a freaking mask. When I see you without one, I think you’re careless, amoral, and spiteful. I see someone that doesn’t care about the people in their lives. I see someone that might possibly attack me for wearing one because of “fill in the blank.” It’s a sad world we live in these days.
Blaming the President or the Governor only reinforces the inability of (reasonable?) adults to think for themselves and make their own decisions…
Bill C says
you need accurate scientific facts, not the lies and misrepresentations dumped by Trump and DeSantis, to be able to come to a reasonable (effective) decision.
Masked Man says
If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it. They ALL “misrepresent” don’t they Bill C?
Apparently they are not injecting their bleach and shoving the uv lights into their lungs deep enough !!!
OK. . . . TODAY we have “ZERO” ICU beds available in Flagler county. Who in the hell cares whether they have been completely filled by Covid 19 patients when there are “ZERO” ICU beds available? While, it would be great to get the actual numbers of those hospitalized in Florida with Covid 19, we are talking about hospital capacity here.
Continuing to pretend that the surge in Florida is only because we are testing more is nothing short of lunacy! Especially since Florida, and the USA in general, has only ever stayed at a high plateau. . . especially compared to places like the EU. No drastic lowering of the curve of deaths, even in this hot weather. . . . which was supposed to make the virus vanish according to emperor trump. Pay attention to the actual facts instead of the political “SPIN”!
Masked Man says
Sherry – I’m gravely concerned for the health of myself and my family. You say. “…according to emperor trump. Pay attention to the actual facts instead of the political “SPIN”!”. What do you seek to accomplish by that comment??????? I’m scared for my family and you bring politics into the arena. By your words you indicate to the reader that you care more about POLITICS than you do about my family’s health. Why?
Lance Carroll says
Flagler Beach has been jam packed with people since reopening. Not much social distancing….None of us should be surprised at the rising numbers. We can’t stop living but, many simply refuse to take precautions seriously.