A dramatic surge in Florida coronavirus cases has officials wondering who precisely is to blame for the state’s high new numbers.
“If you look at that 25 to 34 age group, that is now by far the leading age group for positive tests,” the governor said in the presser shared on Wink News.
DeSantis said that you “can’t control” these individuals because “they’re younger people.”
“They’re going to do what they’re going to do,” he added.
DeSantis’s hypothesis is partially backed up by cell phone data analyzed by the Tampa Bay Times, which showed that residents began leaving their homes more frequently in early May than they did in March or April, even before reopenings began.
DeSantis also pointed to “widespread noncompliance” among the state’s bars, who he said “tossed aside” safety guidelines.
“It has invariably been because they packed so many people in and created a type of environment that we are trying to avoid,” DeSantis said. “Caution was thrown to the wind and so we are where we are.”
The governor implored young people to consider “more vulnerable” community members before eschewing safety recommendations.
“If you have symptoms much like the common cold, you’re spreading it all over the place,” he told young people.
He also commended the state’s older residents for their compliance with guidelines.
“The seniors have been very, very diligent,” DeSantis said.
“I know it’s gone on now, we’re in the third month of this, and it can be tiring,” he leveled with older Floridians before adding, “we just ask that you maintain that diligence.”
On Friday, Florida banned alcohol consumption in bars amid rising cases.
The state has more than 141,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 3,400 deaths, according to the Post.
This weekend, the number of confirmed cases in the world surpassed 10 million according to data from John Hopkins University.