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COVID-19 cases in Florida reach lowest per-capita rate in the nation, months after being one of highest

Florida’s COVID-19 cases have reached new lows, marking a massive change from just months prior when the state was ranked one of the highest in cases in the country.

As of Wednesday, the Sunshine State was averaging 60.6 cases and 0.2 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“As Florida now ranks lowest in the continental U.S. in terms of COVID-19 rates per capita, we are proud to have stood firm in protecting liberty throughout the pandemic,” Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez said in a statement. “Governor DeSantis’ approach was guided by science, data and pragmatism, not fear and alarmist narratives.”

In August, when the delta variant was spreading throughout the nation, Florida had among the highest new cases in a seven-day moving average of more than 21,000, according to the CDC. That figure has been gradually dropping ever since.

Christina Pushaw, who is the Press Secretary of Gov. Ron DeSantis said when COVID cases were high, she was inundated with media requests. But now that case and death rates are low, coverage has conspicuously fizzled out. “They were writing non-stop negative stories about COVID in Florida and implying that it was the governor’s fault,” Pushaw told Fox News.

“But now that we have the lowest infection rate in the entire country, those same media outlets are silent. So, you would think, if it was his fault at the peak, why isn’t his credit right now? It just shows they’re using this for their own political ends, their own ends, they’re not even being consistent with it,” Pushaw said.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: FT.COM

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