As the nation slowly creeps out of the global coronavirus pandemic, the virus that once killed thousands per day only took nine lives on Sunday in the state of Florida, the lowest daily death count since September. Though every death a tragedy, Sunday marks a turning point for the pandemic, now a shell of its peak self in some states.
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) confirmed only seven Floridians, as well as two nonresidential citizens, died from the virus on April 11th. The state has now gone more than two weeks with fewer than 100 daily deaths from coronavirus, with counts ranging between 22 and 98 per day.
Remarkably, Florida is also one of the most open states in the country, with not a single statewide restriction and Gov. Ron DeSantis even protecting people who elect to ignore CDC guidelines after prohibiting municipalities from fining people who decide not to wear masks.
On the same day, the state of California endured over one hundred deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health, despite California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s continued statewide restrictions.
In fact, both states have fared comparably in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in spite of the stark differences between their response strategies. While Florida imposed next to no lockdown measures, California thoroughly shut down for months, complete with masks mandates, indoor dining bans, and strict limitations on social gatherings.
However, according to a March report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California and Florida both have a COVID-19 case rate of around 8,900 per 100,000 residents.
With a looming Presidential run from Gov. DeSantis, Florida’s unmatched success against the virus should be a main campaign platform.