COVID-19 IN FLORIDA, BREAKING RECORDS
During the past week, Florida has seen record numbers of new cases of Covid-19, with 4,049 new cases announced on Saturday, topping Thursday’s 3,200 record breaking positive results!
It is no coincidence that Florida is spiking after the state has failed to comply fully with the CDC's recommended guidelines which required 14 days of declining new cases before moving to each new phase of reopening. Per the CDC the opening should occur with near zero new cases. Now, Immokalee is one of the hottest zip codes for Covid-19 in Florida, currently with 1,252 cases.
Our state leaders should return to the recommended guidelines from the CDC. Until a vaccine is found, masks, social distancing, and caution should be used when in contact with others. This is in everyone’s best interest because often the infected do not show symptoms. The concept of social distancing needs to be reinforced at every state press conference and in public service announcements on COVID-19. Recently the town of Immokalee used personnel to go door to door, passing out information and encouraging residents to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. This is very helpful. But without rapid testing, exposed individuals are continuing the spread unchecked as they await results. Abbott Laboratories claims to have shipped 3.3 million rapid testing kits to all 50 states, so where are Florida’s rapid test kits?
We have two options at this point. Either we need enough tests to determine who are the carriers so only the healthy return to work, or it is time for a new message from our Governor that slows the opening of Florida. At our current course, by the end of October 2020, the State of Florida projects deaths to more than quadruple. With more and faster testing and a more conservative reopening, we have the power to change our course and save lives.
Without a new public health plan, we must take it upon ourselves to be safe. Please stay home, wear a mask, protect yourself and respect others. Our governor should take this moment, and be the leader we require. Sometimes as a parent, we must make the tough decisions that protect our families. It may sound unfair or harsh, but in the end, those decisions are necessary. We will thrive again. We will come out of this difficult period a safer and stronger community.