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Nothing to see here in Florida. Move along.

The Washington Post reports yesterday that a new Covid variant that originated in Columbia has now been found in Florida. It doesn’t have a Greek letter yet. Delta is racing through the unvaccinated now almost everywhere. Gamma is on its way and might be an escape variant. And now this new Florida variant would be epsilon? Seems like too many syllables. How about lambda. Or kappa.

But that’s about all we know about Florida because it is one of those states that reports case numbers when it wants to. And it hasn’t wanted to for about a week. (See 1point3acres.com for all the data).

All the usual suspects conveniently not reporting numbers including the big kahuna of Florida.

Maybe it’s a schedule thing but considering their recent stratospheric spike, you’d think they’d want to keep their residents better informed. Just so they can keep their mask and vaccine options open.

OT: I heard a funny story yesterday that in Missouri the publicly vaccine defiant are going to get vaccinated wearing masks. Not the kind everyone wears but masks that disguise who they are. They don’t want their friends and families to know they’re getting the shot. It kind of reminds me of the reports of young female abortion protestors sneaking into planned parenthood when they have to make a choice.

Anyway, let’s take a look at Florida’s running average, shall we? This is about a month’s worth of data:

Even if we take into consideration that Florida is aggregating their case numbers from around the state and reporting only periodically, that is a massive anomalous spike on July 23. And after that, not a single case for about a week. It’s like the virus arrived, partied all weekend and then got the hell out of Florida the very next day.

Amazing.

If you squint, you can almost see Florida turning blue right before your very eyes.

It’s not just Florida. Arkansas is also deep in delta. Dr. Michael Bolding in Arkansas reported this sad situation:

A doctor in Arkansas says dying Covidpatients beg him for a vaccine, and he has to tell them it’s too late.

“I see someone daily – for the last three weeks – that is possibly dying, certainly very sick, that asks if they can get their vaccine,” Dr Michael Bolding told CNN. “And it is heartbreaking to tell them that that time has passed, that that was five to six weeks ago to prevent this.”

I do feel sorry for the poor suckers who bought Ron DeSantis’s message to the MAGA crowd. But as BFF used to say, “You gives’em books and gives’em books and all they do is chews on the covers.”

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