Florida topped 200,000 coronavirus cases as nation marked a different July 4th
Florida surpassed 200,000 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, following the Fourth of July holiday during which the state recorded its most cases reported in a single day.
At least 40,000 cases have been reported by the Florida Department of Health in the last four days. On Saturday, the Sunshine State REPORTED 11,458 the most reported in a single day, beating the previous record that was set on Thursday.
The state has now surpassed New York’s previous single-day high of 11,434, which was recorded in mid-April.
It’s clear that the growth is exponential at this point,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told ABC this week on Thursday. “We’ve been breaking record after record after record the last couple of weeks.”
“Our county closed down the beaches for the July Fourth weekend, in the hopes that all these rules will have an impact, a positive impact,” he added.
The continued spike in cases came as millions of Americans marked a very different independence day with many choosing virtual celebrations or canceling plans altogether amid mounting concern over the pandemic.
he changes followed pleas from health officials warning that holiday crowds and packed gatherings would likely lead to further spikes in cases.
But while many cities took measured approaches to celebrate the Fourth of July, images emerging from the holiday weekend show not everyone is taking the warnings seriously.
We can’t control what people do,” a resident who runs the Instagram page told CNN. The resident — who asked to remain anonymous, citing safety concerns — said that the majority of people in the video were either residents or make the area their summer home.
“We made announcements saying we’re trying not to have everybody right packed in tight,” the resident said. “We wanted to have more distance between people, and you know that’s just young people wanting to enjoy their freedom.”
Crowds flocked to Virginia Beach shores Saturday, even after the city canceled its holiday fireworks display to “help keep Virginia Beach safe in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.”
CNN affiliate WAVY reported city officials warned residents of additional traffic because of the holiday, adding they anticipated tens of thousands of people would visit Virginia Beach.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, saw similar scenes as beachgoers opted to celebrate by the water Saturday. Earlier this week, the state’s governor announced bars at Delaware beaches would be closed for the holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, in California where , any beaches in southern part of the state closed for the holiday weekend, the beach crowds in San Diego were reminiscent of years past. CNN affiliate KSWB reported many were not social distancing or wearing masks.
“It seems pretty regular for the Fourth of July with definitely a lot of people,” Marine Safety Lt. Rich Stropky told the affiliate.
Masks and social distancing were also featured that were mostly absent from the White House Fourth of July celebration. Tables on the White House South Lawn were somewhat spaced, with about six chairs per table.
And as people tried to beat the July heat, many congregated in the shady areas of the space, not distancing at all.