STATEWIDE – On Monday, the Democratic Caucus in the Florida Senate calls on government leader Ron DeSantis to further address the rising coronavirus cases in the state and is expected to see the return of restrictive lockdown measures.
Over the weekend, business again hit a daily record, with over 140,000 cases in the state.
Democrats are expected to hold a special legislative session to address the capacity of the ICU beds and state revenues.
Dozens of cars line up early Monday morning before Orange County Convention Center’s coronavirus testing site opens for the day at 9 a.m.
The Florida Department of Health reported more than 8,500 new cases of coronavirus and 29 deaths on Sunday.
According to CovidTracking.com, the number of hospital admissions increases by approximately 165 per day.
The counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach close their beaches on the weekend of July 4.
DeSantis said that interactions between young people are driving coronavirus cases and that the 25 to 34 age group is now leading in positive cases.
“This is basically socializing, you have graduation parties, you go out, you do different things and in certain environments it will promote the virus,” said DeSantis.
He urges younger people not to interact with the more vulnerable groups such as the elderly who are more likely to die from the virus.
The governor said testing has increased dramatically, double the number of people tested over the past week over the entire month of May.
Senate Democrats are expected to ask DeSantis to go back to some of the more restrictive closing measures the Sunshine State saw earlier this year to try to halt this surge in cases.