Damn! I did not realize it was so high. 

Courtesy of Ocala News

In the roughly three months since Gov. Ron DeSantis greenlighted Phase Two of his plan to reopen Florida, the Sunshine State has seen a whopping 947.9 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

As of Friday morning, 615,806 cases had been identified across the state. On June 3 when the governor made the announcement that bars and pubs could reopen at 50 percent capacity inside and full capacity outside, the state was reporting 58,764 COVID-19 cases – a difference of 557,042.

Under Phase Two, bowling alleys, movie theaters, arcades and auditoriums also were allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. But a portion of that plan was short-lived, as DeSantis reversed his decision on bars and ordered them closed again on June 26 when the state was reporting 122,960 cases.

The number of deaths and people hospitalized also are quite different today than when DeSantis decided to reopen the state. On June 3, the state was reporting 2,566 deaths and 10,525 people hospitalized. On Friday, those numbers had jumped to 11,099 deaths and 38,029 people being treated in area hospitals.

In the tri-county area on June 3, there were 39 deaths and 158 people hospitalized. Those numbers have now increased to 320 deaths and 1,331 people requiring some form of hospital care.

I think in many ways Florida serves as an example of how badly things can go if your leaders ignore the science and follow Donald Trump’s guidance instead. 

DeSantis is a pathetic, knuckle-dragging sycophant who has placed virtually all of his faith in a failed former reality star with no scientific of political experience. 

And in so doing DeSantis has doomed thousands of his constituents to unnecessary sickness and death.

That could literally be any of us. Especially any of us living in red states.

The governor of my state is not much better than DeSantis in many ways, but fortunately for us, we have a far more capable mayor in Anchorage whose guidance is helping to keep our numbers relatively low.