A new report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force is calling for locking down Florida businesses even though Florida’s popular Republican Governor Ron DeSantis made the bold decision to choose freedom over government-mandated restrictions for residents and guests of the Sunshine State.
Florida Times-Union reports – Florida bars, indoor dining, gyms, and any other indoor spaces where masks are not worn 100% of the time should be closed down to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to a White House Coronavirus Task Force Report.
The recommendation comes as the state is seeing a slight decrease in new coronavirus cases, test positivity, and hospitalizations.
One line in the White House Coronavirus Task Force report says it all:
“We should act as though we have more transmissible strains circulating.”
Eseentially what they’re saying is even though they don’t have a more transmissible strain circulating, a task force in Washington DC would like Florida residents and guests of the state to “act” as though they do?
Dr. Asal Johnson, epidemiologist and professor at Stetson University, said she agrees with the White House recommendations and believes Florida should implement them.
“We cannot continue business as usual because nothing is usual or normal about the current status,” Johnson said. “The closure of bars, restaurants, and gyms is just the least that can be done.”
Action must be taken in Florida to prevent an increase in hospitalizations, according to the report.
“It needs to be more comprehensive and longer than the summer mitigation actions,” the report stated. “Due to the significant asymptomatic contribution to community spread, the degree of underlying community infection is extensive by the time hospitalizations occur.”
How do task force members in DC know there is a “significant asymptomatic contribution” if they’re “asymptomatic?”
Between Jan. 9 and 15, on average, 1,117 patients with confirmed COVID-19 and 305 patients with suspected COVID-19 were reported as newly admitted each day to hospitals in Florida. That is a decrease of 5% in total new COVID-19 hospital admissions.
The report clearly states that there is a decrease in hospitalizations, but incredibly, they’re suggesting stricter lockdowns on businesses in the state. You can’t make this stuff up…
Another part of the report reads:
Even though the state has seen a slight decrease in new cases, test positivity, and COVID hospital admissions since the Jan. 10 report, Florida remains unstable and must take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus, the report states.
Florida had 460 new cases per 100,000 population, lower than the national average of 478 per 100,000. The state currently ranks 22nd in the number of new cases per 100,000.
To summarize, Florida has seen a slight decrease in new cases (lower than the national average), positive COVID tests and hosptial admissions, but the White House COVID Task Force is recommending shutting down businesses to stop the spread.
“We are here because our governor (Ron DeSantis) refused to act earlier,” Johnson said. “This virus will not stop spreading unless some public health policies are put in place. Florida is in a dangerous phase and it is overdue for our governor to listen to public health experts.”
There is evidence of early stabilization of community spread, albeit at very high rates of transmission, and plateauing rates of new COVID-19 admissions in many parts of the U.S., according to the report. However, aggressive mitigation must continue to prevent a resurgence and to accelerate decline, it states.
There is evidence of early stabilization of community spread, but you should lock down your businesses and create an economic crisis, because we say so…
Joe Biden’s(Barack Obama and Susan Rice’s) new America.
The land of the not so free…