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  • A Florida mayor said that house parties are the root of new cases in the state.
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from California and public health expert Anthony Fauci support this stance.

The mayor of Pinecrest, a suburban region in Miami-Dade County, Fla., is warning his constituents that house parties are the “largest problem” driving the spike in coronavirus cases in the greater metropolitan area of Miami. 

Pinecrest Mayor Joseph Corradino’s statement on June 25 comes as coronavirus cases along the U.S. sunbelt surge. Florida posted a then-record high new case count of 8,813 on Thursday. 

“These are the most dangerous things that impact our community,” he wrote in a letter. “The law does not enable us to enforce the rules we use on public spaces on private property. So, our current option is to appeal to the common sense and decency of our citizens. This danger comes directly from within.”

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Corradino is one of multiple Florida mayors who are either taking or considering to take on more stringent public health enforcements to safeguard the public from community spread, The Miami Herald reports

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On the West Coast, Corradino’s claim that private gatherings are to blame for the surge in new cases is supported by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). In a press conference last week, Newsom blamed birthday parties and similar events for the increase in new cases. This coincides with younger people in attendance, explaining the jump in cases for people in their 20s and 30s.

“I reiterate, it is time for each of us, as individuals, to recommit,” Corradino urged. “If we do not take responsibility as individuals, businesses and governments, we are putting our own physical lives at risk, and ultimately, as the hospital capacity runs out we will be back in a shutdown that will put our financial lives at risk.”

There are a total of 146,341 confirmed cases in Florida, with the majority located at the southernmost part of the state. State health data shows that the age demographic with the most cases is the 25-24 age range, resulting in 29,435 cases statewide. 


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Published on Jun 29, 2020