Politics Monday: Denial and Door-Knocking and Covid-19

DeSantis tries to minimize the pandemic

Last week, I wrote about GOP-led Florida becoming the only large state to stop reporting daily coronavirus statistics. The data are now rolled into a weekly report that no longer includes the number of hospitalized COVID patients and the number of tests. The Palm Beach Post has continued to perform a critical public service by using multiple sources to keep the public informed on our continuing public health crisis.

Florida’s COVID-19 caseload is growing faster than most states, CDC figures published Friday show. Over the past week, 110 state residents for every 100,000 became infected, compared to 34 per 100,000 nationwide. [As] the number of new COVID-19 infections swells to levels not seen since early May, the pace of vaccinations across Florida has slowed to a crawl.

Chris Persaud, The Palm Beach Post, July 10, 2021

It’s tricky to parse the numbers, playing right into the denials’ game, but I have begun a weekly chart, waiting for trends to emerge. Luckily, the people in charge of our country are not lying back but, rather, leaning in to bring the vaccine right to our doors through community efforts.

The White House pushes vaccines

In his recent article for the Associated Press, Zeke Miller writes about the White House’s renewed focus on the grassroots vaccination campaign as the vaccination rate plateaus across the country, including in Florida.

We need to go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, door to door to get help to the remaining people.

President Biden, quoted in Zeke Miller’s AP article

The GOP pushes disinformation

The GOP has taken the political opportunity to play to their small-government and libertarian base.

The Biden administration wants to knock on your door to see if you’re vaccinated. What’s next? Knocking on your door to see if you own a gun?

Representative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, quoted in Zeke Miller’s AP article

Disinformation campaign is unAmerican

it’s really a disservice to the country and to the doctors, faith leaders, community leaders, and others who are working to get people vaccinated.  This is about saving lives and ending this pandemic. 

Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary

Door-to-door is working for vaccines, but cases continue to rise

Despite Republican governors’ efforts, Americans are being helped.

In Florida, the adult vaccination rate increased by 4.4 percent.

Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary

However, the state rate of infection continues to be in the top three nationwide.

With 211 new coronavirus cases for every 100,000 residents, Florida’s infection rate is higher than that of 47 other states reported by the CDC.

Chris Persaud, The Palm Beach Post, July 17, 2021
Editorial cartoon by Mike Thompson, USA Today
Editorial cartoon by Mike Thompson, USA Today

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