Fla. Gov. DeSantis downplays rise in COVID-19 cases

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, listens as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, left, speaks during a news conference on COVID-19, Friday, June 19, 2020, at Florida International University in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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UPDATED 12:50 PM PT — Saturday, June 20, 2020

According to the governor of Florida, the state’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases is a direct result of increased testing. Governor Ron DeSantis made the remark while delivering an update on the pandemic in his state this week.

As of the week of June 7th, the median age for positive cases has reportedly decreased from 60-years-old to 37-years-old. Most cases involved moderate to no symptoms.

These new numbers followed the state’s reopening of bars, restaurants and some theme parks, which seemingly producing a spike of nearly 90,000 cases statewide.

FILE – In this May 24, 2020, file photo, visitors gather on the beach in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. Warm weather beach destinations are the most popular vacation searches, with Florida, Myrtle Beach, San Diego and Key West among the top considerations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Meanwhile, the governor has suggested the increase in cases was caused by the state’s youth population.

“I think that we’ve started to see some erosion in the social distancing from probably some of the younger population,” stated DeSantis. “So, the Department of Health is going to be launching some public service announcements, reminding folks of some of the things that you can do.”

He went on to say Florida will continue to see the median age go down as testing increases and cases rise, contradicting doctors who have said cases number should decrease with greater testing.

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