After consistently moving toward flattening the curve, positive cases of COVID-19 have been climbing in the last two weeks across several states.
Florida had the most dramatic increase of cases, jumping from 3,235 daily new cases per 100,000 people on June 22 to 9,019 daily new cases June 27, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.
During a live-streamed press conference in Pensacola on Sunday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that part of the reason for the rising case number was an increase in testing.
“We’ve done more testing than we ever have by far,” he said Sunday. “When you do that, you are going to find more cases because the detected cases are just a small fraction of the total amount of infections.” DeSantis said that in March the state had seven testing sites, which were targeted for older and more vulnerable populations. Now, there are more than 40, he said.