As coronavirus cases surge across the United States, and several states are lurching back towards stay-at-home mandates, two of the country's largest states have signaled they will not lockdown again.
Both Governor Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have said that they will focus on helping the sick get well, rather than locking down the economic engines of their respective states.
After noting Florida was "back down to 4,500 [cases] and a 7.3% positivity rate," a DeSantis spokesman said a recent one-day spike was attributable to a backlogged submission file.
"The Governor will not lock down and hurt families who can't afford to shelter in place for 6 weeks," the spokesperson said. "Especially not for a virus that has a 99.8% survival rate. One area of concern is Assisted Living Facilities. Since those over 70 face the greatest threat from [COVID] the Governor is monitoring those numbers daily and is prepared to move therapeutic and prophylactic assets to those facilities as needed."
Similarly, Renae Eze spoke on behalf of Abbott's administration, noting that Texas was interested in limiting the spread, "while allowing businesses to safely operate."
"The reality is, COVID-19 still exists in Texas and across the globe, and Texans should continue to take this virus seriously and do their part by social distancing, washing their hands, and wearing a mask," Eze said. "These best practices, coupled with the governor's metrics to monitor COVID-19 hospitalizations and local enforcement of protocols, are key to mitigating this virus and keeping our communities and our people safe."
Abbott told NBC in an interview that there will not be "any more lockdowns" in his state.