It's literally getting worse in Florida right now (via Ian Hodgson and Rose Wong at the Tampa Bay Times):
Florida leads the nation in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations as the Sunshine State becomes the epicenter of the delta-driven fourth pandemic wave.
The state saw 110,477 new coronavirus infections over the most recent seven day period from July 23 through Thursday, according to the weekly report released Friday. Florida averaged more than 15,780 infections a day.
It’s the first time since early January that the state surpassed 100,000 infections in a single week.
Florida accounts for nearly one out of every four new infections and hospitalizations in the country, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
No longer is this a pandemic affecting mostly Florida seniors or those with pre-existing conditions. Now it is younger, healthier, unvaccinated adults who are falling ill. New Florida infections and hospitalizations are being driven by adults in their 20s to 40s, state data shows. They account for 53 percent of infections and about 34 percent of hospitalizations...
And what does Florida's governor Ron DeSantis want to do?
Make it illegal for school districts to mandate their own masks and vaccination policies (via Matt Papaycik at WPTV Orlando):
Florida's governor on Monday threatened state legislative action to prevent face masks from being mandated in schools throughout the Sunshine State.
During a COVID-19 roundtable discussion in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis once again reiterated his firm stance that school districts should not impose mask mandates on students and staff members, even as coronavirus cases surge due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
"Our view is that this should absolutely not be imposed. It should not be mandated," DeSantis said...
DeSantis can't be bothered, you see. DeSantis has already made himself the victor in this pandemic, has already attacked and insulted and mocked the health experts to order to raise campaign funds for his re-election in 2022.
DeSantis never took the shutdowns and masking and social distancing guidelines to heart anyway, even back in 2020. He saw it all hampering businesses, the tourist trade, the bars and restaurants whose owners pay him big bucks to keep the doors open and the staffers underpaid.
DeSantis doesn't want us going BACK towards lockdowns and masking people, he doesn't want to push vaccines on the unvaccinated who are all deep-rooted MAGA trumpian supporters anymore. Because he needs to pander to those voters to win in 2022 and hope for a shot at the White House in 2024.
DeSantis has already decided. He's decided to let the COVID Delta variant win. He's decided to reach the higher levels of elected office on the backs of our sick and dying kids.
There is no other way to explain this.
Gods help us. DeSantis won't do a damn thing until there's 10,000 dead teens and children piled up on his doorstep.