Florida is nailing this coronavirus contest. When it hit more than 15,000 cases on Sunday, it moved into contention for the lead. If Florida were a country of its own, it would rank fourth in the world for new coronavirus cases in a day, behind the United States as a whole, Brazil and India, according to Reuters.

Miami is now the epicenter of the pandemic. What we were seeing in Wuhan (China) six months ago. Now, we are there.

Dr. Lilian Abbo, Jackson Health System

Instead of sounding the alarms, Florida is proceeding as if everything is fine. Masks are not mandated. And Walt Disney World opened last weekend. Just who do they think is coming? Certainly not Europeans, like the medical staff in Amsterdam — where life has gotten back to normal. — that got me well last year. They aren’t allowing individual Americans into their countries, much less planning vacations in Wuhan, USA.

Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, has a calm, pleasant speaking voice that lulls listeners into complacency as he repeatedly fails to address the seriousness of the pandemic. As our numbers rise, the Trump sycophant is echoing his White House master in insisting that our brick-and-mortar schools open.

I’m confident if you can do Home Depot, if you can do Walmart, if you can do these things, we absolutely can do the schools.

Governor Ron DeSantis

Right, says Frank Cerabino, snarky Florida commentator for The Palm Beach Post.

“Pay attention to your sales associate,” you say as you reach the parent drop-off/mulch pile spot. “Avoid the nail guns. See you in eight hours.”

Frank Cerabino, The Palm Beach Post

And then there’s how Florida’s immigrant community — essential workers for Palm Beach County’s $1 billion agriculture industry — has been both blamed and ignored as the coronavirus runs rampant.

From my neighbor’s mango tree and out avocado tree

They cooked your food. They delivered it. They picked your vegetables. They mowed your yard. They maintained the golf courses. Some drove Ubers; others cleaned toilets. And they got sick with the coronavirus.

John Pacenti, The Palm Beach Post

The Central American immigrant community — living in tight quarters, taking public transportation, without health insurance, dependent on hourly pay — has been treated with condescension, as if they are too unsophisticated to understand the scope of the pandemic. As the numbers of cases rise, politicians point the finger instead of stepping in to help.

Things have gotten so dire for immigrants in Florida’s southwest (Immokalee) that Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers came to their rescue. Yes, people living in the world’s strongest economy and longest-lasting democracy have become clients of health caretakers of Third World souls. The international medical humanitarian organization is providing testing, education, and mobile health services.

Our government is failing us. And they work for us. If they are not up to the job, it’s time to hire someone else, not let ourselves be distracted by their Mickey Mouse ramblings.

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