"Florida has 6.5% of the U.S. population, but accounts for 20% of America’s new COVID infections. Its daily average is four times the national." - L.A. Times
How did we get here? Let's look at the facts - the number of cases and deaths from COVID per Florida County with data from the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Let's track the surge in infections in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties as DeSantis scrapped COVID safety precautions.
Facts, unlike politicians don't lie. Good infographics and maps make it easy for the public to understand what's really going on and who to hold accountable.
Share this StoryMap with this link https://arcg.is/09TSLe or freely embed it in a website with:
< iframe width="300" height="200" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen src="https://arcg.is/0PiK9W"></iframe>
COVID in Florida
The governor didn't impose a statewide mask mandate... he's also banned businesses from requiring people to show proof of vaccination. "The number of hospitalizations from the disease reached 6,369 on July 24 - the largest number of hospitalizations from COVID in Florida since February. Florida accounted for one in five new COVID infections in the U.S. in the week of July 16 to 22. That is 340. 7 cases per 100,000 people.
"While hospitals in our state were filling up, DeSantis was shouting about "Freedom over Faucism. As a physician and a Floridian, I am frankly angry and ashamed", Bernard Ashby, head of the Florida chapter of the Committee to Protect Health Care, told CBS Miami" - Newsweek
Exposing COVID incompetence
DemLabs and Florida Key Democrats used data from USA Facts and the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center to create this infographic with the free StoryMaps app which has two layers:
- Total cases and deaths per county
- Cumulative COVID cases in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach county. This time sequence map shows the number of COVID cases in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties by month since the epidemic started in March 2020.