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JM Ashby
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In other news, the national death toll from the coronavirus has crossed 3,600 with over 180,000 identified cases as of about 4 p.m today.

Meanwhile, Captain Brett Crozier of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier (CVN-71) has written a letter to the Pentagon begging them to him let unload his crew of 4,000 into quarantine now that over 200 have tested positive for the coronavirus.

He shouldn't have to ask, but I bet he'll be quietly reassigned for this.

Finally, epidemiologists including those directly advising the state of Florida say the virus is already past the point of being contained as the number of cases is now doubling every three days. They say the governor's refusal to issue a stay-at-home order have allowed it to spread wider.

Thomas Hladish, a University of Florida research scientist who specializes in disease modeling and has been advising the state on the outbreak, said that while epidemiologists might disagree on the nuances of their projections, they all agree on the main point.

“We do understand the math and the models well enough to say with great confidence that Florida is going to have a huge public health crisis,” Hladish said. “And we are just at the beginning of it right now.”

By 11 a.m. Saturday, Florida had reported more than 3,700 cases — an increase of nearly 1,000 in 24 hours.

Florida remains one of the few states with a large outbreak not to issue a statewide order to keep residents at home. Several counties across the state, including Hillsborough and Pinellas, issued “safer at home” orders in the last week.

Experts say that because there's such a great deal of time between infection and when people start showing symptoms, the number of cases identified today only reflects where the virus was about three weeks ago. You may recall that three weeks ago is when people were still crowding into beaches for spring break.

He's waiting on Trump to act which means Florida is fucked. Voters need to remember this in November.

  • Christopher Foxx

    He’s waiting on Trump to act which means Florida is fucked. Voters need to remember this in November.

    Florida voters should have figured this out earlier and not elect an idiot.

    Florida voters are still idiots. They’re can’t seem to figure out that they don’t need an order from the governor before they decide to stay at home.

  • Aynwrong

    After all the years of Republican politicians dining out on pimping out 9/11 and those murdered that day and used the dead as a way to assassinate the character of all who disagreed with any of their policies we see just how concerned for the safety and security of the American people they really are. They’re not.

    Elections matter. If Floridians had elected Andrew Gillum lives would have been saved. They didn’t. God help them.

    God help us all.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I used to hope they’d eventually grow up and figure it out. That we’d see a more responsible general population over time as the idiots slowly began to figure out that they were working against themselves.

      I’ve given up. It’s not going to happen. They will never give up the stupidity they’ve fought so hard to maintain. So let them have it. Let them gather in crowds and refuse to believe “the Democrat [sic] hoax.”

      We’ll increase the percent of the population that isn’t idiots by letting the idiots kill themselves off.

      • Aynwrong

        I hear you, but unfortunately, idiots and non-idiots are equally susceptible to the virus.

        • RamOrgan

          Idiots are equally susceptible but not equally exposed. Unless they invite the idiots into their homes.

        • Christopher Foxx

          Not really.

          Non-idiots aren’t crowding the waterfront to watch the hospital ship arrive. Non-idiots aren’t waiting for the governor of Florida to tell them to stay inside. Non-idiots aren’t attending mega-churches ’cause “God’s in charge.”

          The idiots who do are far, far more susceptible to getting infected.

          • Aynwrong

            Fair point.