The number of new Covid-19 cases per week has tripled in Florida since Gov. Ron DeSantis reopened the state in one swoop in late September.
- The week before Florida reopened, the state reported more than 17,000 new cases.
- In the past seven days, Florida has recorded more than 53,000 new cases.
That means three times more Floridians per week are testing positive for Covid-19 now, than the week the state was reopened.
In an effort to curb the spread of the virus, a bipartisan group of mayors from across the state asked DeSantis last week to issue a mask mandate, bolster contact tracing, increase funding for Covid-19 testing, and give mayors more local control.
DeSantis issued a video message last week sharing “promising news” about therapeutics and vaccines -- but he didn't address the rise in cases.