The media is going nuts over Florida's reporting of 15,300 new COVID-19 cases in one day.
Why? Because Florida has a Republican governor.
Here's some facts that should make everybody but the fake news folks happy.
First, keep in mind these are probably not brand new coronavirus infections that all occurred on Sunday, though the fake news doesn't explain that.
These are cases of people who likely have had the virus in their system for days or weeks if not months but were asymptomatic.
Now a few facts.
Florida reported 45 deaths on Sunday.
Florida has 21.5 million residents.
New Hampshire has 1.3 million.
So Florida having 45 deaths is comparable to New Hampshire having 2 deaths.
New Hampshire has had many days in the past week when it has had two deaths, sometimes even five or six, all living in elderly congregate living facilities.
Florida has 17 times the population of New Hampshire and they may have as large or larger percentage of elderly folk, who are most susceptible to hospitalizations and death.
White House coronavirus guru Debora Birx said recently that some states not hit hard early on during the pandemic "thought they would be forever spared through this," referring to the spikes in young people testing positive in recent weeks.
But rather than blame those state leaders Birx should realize that no matter what you do to mitigate the spread, you don't stop it dead in its tracks. It's going to wash over you anyway.
DHHS Lori Shibinette told The Rochester Voice last week that the state's COVID dashboard will likely have more information about how many who test positive in recent weeks are showing symptoms. That would be helpful, Meanwhile current hospitalizations in New Hampshire continue to fall, another good sign.
New Hampshire state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan told The Rochester Voice last week that "the goal is not herd immunity. That would mean more illness and more death."
He may not want it, but it may be happening anyway.