Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan announced he had tested positive for Covid-19, despite being fully vaccinated.
The diagnosis comes amid rising coronavirus infections in Florida, which accounted for one in five new cases reported in the United States in the past week.
Buchanan, a Republican who represents a district around the city of Sarasota on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, said in a declaration On Monday, he was tested after experiencing “very mild flu-like symptoms” and was in quarantine at home.
“This should remind us that although vaccines offer a very high degree of protection, we must remain vigilant in the fight against Covid-19,” he said.
More than 45,400 cases have been reported by Florida in the past seven days, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of about 207,200 for the entire United States during that period.
Adjusted for population, Florida has averaged about 30 new cases per day per 100,000 people over the past week, up from a rate slightly lower than 10 a fortnight ago. This per capita rate ranks third in the United States behind Arkansas and Missouri, which are the country’s hot spots for the Delta variant.
Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, told an independent press briefing on Monday that a mid-summer increase in Covid-19 cases in Florida was expected. He said a “seasonal pattern” primarily affecting states in the solar belt was primarily responsible for the recent increase in infections in Florida, AP reported.
DeSantis has long criticized lockdowns and mandates linked to the pandemic and insisted on Monday that the state would not impose any of these. Last week the governor began selling foam beer racks and other merchandise with the words “Don’t Fauci My Florida” printed on it, a reference to Anthony Fauci, the House’s chief medical adviser. White.
Florida was among states in the solar belt, including Arizona, California and Texas, which saw an increase in coronavirus cases in the United States last summer.
With 47.7% of its population fully vaccinated, Florida ranks 24th among U.S. states in immunization coverage, but is behind the national average by 0.9 percentage points, according to CDC figures.
Between the month and early June, the Delta variant, which was first discovered in India, accounted for 2.8% of the genomically sequenced cases in Florida during that period, according to the most recent data on the website. of the CDC. That’s below the national average of 10 percent in early June, and is considerably lower than the proportions of Missouri (29.9 percent), Colorado (12.2 percent) and New Jersey (10.2 percent ).
During that four-week period, approximately 62% of the cases sequenced in Florida were the Alpha variant. It’s just a little more than the national share during this 60 percent period. The proportion of Gamma variant cases, however, at 15 percent, lags behind the leader of Illinois (23.9 percent) but exceeds the national average by 11 percent. The Alpha strain was first discovered in the UK, while the Gamma strain was first identified in Brazil.