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- Florida saw more than 400 people admitted to the hospital as of July 15 data.
- Gov. Ron DeSantis has yet to issue a statewide mask order.
An embattled Florida has hit another troubling milestone in its fight against the coronavirus: a record number of daily hospitalizations related to coronavirus infections.
WFLA 8 Florida reports that the state has recorded 453 patients as new hospital admittances on July 15. Cumulatively, 19,334 Floridians have been hospitalized since the onset of the pandemic.
The previous daily record high for hospitalizations was slightly smaller at 435.
As of the morning of July 15, Florida reported 10,181 new confirmed coronavirus cases, accompanied by an additional 112 deaths, per state health department data. As a whole, the state reported 301,810 cases during the course of the pandemic. The statewide death toll sits at 4,521.
The state’s southern Miami-Dade County is the leader in hospitalization, reporting 1,849 patients hospitalized with coronavirus-related illnesses. Broward County rings in at a close second, with 1,170 hospitalizations.
Corroborating messages broadcasted by Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s leading infectious disease expert, the majority of cases are among young people, specifically those between ages 25 to 34.
Despite these figures, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has adamantly kept the state open, keeping nonessential businesses open or issuing a statewide mandate requiring masks or facial coverings in public. He has also vocalized support for schools to return to in-person classroom settings, comparing them to retailers like Walmart and Home Depot.