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25K fully vaccinated people statewide have tested positive for COVID-19

Ron DeSantis
Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at a Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Hialeah, Fla. DeSantis announced that seniors will soon be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at Navarro Discount Pharmacies and CVS y mas pharmacies in Miami-Dade County. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

While President Biden and the CDC are concentrating on the unvaccinated, Governor Ron DeSantis said about 25,000 fully vaccinated people have tested positive for COVID-19.

DeSantis also said there has been a reduction of more than 70% in the mortality rate compared to previous peaks.

The governor promised the state he wouldn’t shut down despite being considered the “epicenter” of new COVID-19 cases.

DeSantis said the drop in deaths statewide is a sign that the state did the right thing in its “Seniors First” vaccine rollout.

“You can test positive,” DeSantis said. “We’re seeing that. But at the end of the day, (we’re) really turning this into something that was much more threatening to something that’s more manageable. That’s a huge, huge thing.

His comments come as Central Florida’s largest hospital system, AdventHealth, is in “black status,” restricting visitation for most patients.

“We’re not shutting down,” he said. “We’re going to have schools open. We’re protecting everybody’s job in this state. These interventions have failed time and time again. With delta, if it didn’t stop it before, it ain’t gonna stop it now, so I think it’s very important we understand that.”

The governor is standing firm on not shutting down Florida again, he also believes that hospitalizations will level off in the coming weeks.