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Things Are Looking Pretty Good For Hillary Clinton As Early Voting Kicked Off In Florida

Latino voters in Florida se están poniendo las pilas this presidential election in comparison to the 2012 election. In fact, new stats released by the Clinton campaign prove that things are looking up for Hillary Clinton.

Early voting kicked off Monday, and a total of 133,000 Latinos have already voted in the Sunshine State – that’s a 99 percent increase compared to four years ago, reports BuzzFeed.

The high numbers are very encouraging for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

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Clinton’s campaign reports that an “unprecedented” 133,000 Latino votes consisted of vote-by-mail and absentee ballots. The campaign also highlighted that in Florida’s Pinellas County, which is 10 percent Latino, “Democrats now maintain a voter registration advantage that’s increased since March,” as reported by BuzzFeed News.

Latinos made up 17 percent of Florida’s electorate in 2012. The high numbers in 2016 could really push Clinton to win this key swing state.

But Florida is not the only state with a large Latino population where Hillary is dominating. Recent polls show that Clinton has the upper hand in Nevada and Arizona thanks to early Latino voters.

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Miami Hospitals Almost Full, One-Third Of Florida Children Test Positive For COVID

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Miami Hospitals Almost Full, One-Third Of Florida Children Test Positive For COVID

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As COVID-19 continues to ravage Florida, parents are bracing for the start of a new year. Cities and counties across the country have announced plans to start school years with remote learning since a lack of a national plan has let COVID-19 go unchecked in the U.S.

Florida’s children are becoming sick with COVID-19 at alarming rates.

Recent numbers show that 31 percent of Florida’s children are testing positive for COVID-19. The sudden rise in cases among children, as President Donald Trump tried to force states to reopen schools, is troubling parents.

“That’s a really high number,” Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told Insider. “It’s a concern that translates into curiosity. We need an elaborate understanding of what that number means.”

There is a lot of concern because we still don’t know the long term effects of COVID-19.

There is so much about this virus that is unknown. Scientists and researchers have been studying the virus since it started to spread. The more we learn, the more we can fight effectively against it. The ever-changing rhetoric from scientists is proof that we are making progress in finding a way to get rid of the virus.

This news comes at the same tie that Florida hospitals are running out of ICU beds.

As cases skyrocket in Florida under the rapid reopening plan of Governor Ron DeSantis, hospitalizations are rising with it. People are being hospitalized in almost record numbers in Florida.

According to data, 54 hospitals are at full capacity and another 40 only have 10 percent ICU beds available. Hospitalizations across the state have gone up 56 percent and ventilator use has gone up 92 percent.

READ: Miami Is The New Epicenter For COVID-19 In The US

Miami Is The New Epicenter For COVID-19 In The US

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Miami Is The New Epicenter For COVID-19 In The US

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It is no mystery that COVID-19 continues to ravage the United States. The country is averaging more than 60,000 cases a day while most countries have controlled their virus and are starting to return to a form of normal. In Florida, a state that has resisted measures to slow the spread, Miami has become the new epicenter with surging cases and hospitalization rates.

Medical professionals are calling for Florida to do what needs to be done to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Miami, a heavily Latino city, is seeing the worst of the pandemic since the virus came to the U.S. in March. Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has stayed defiant against health guidelines and spent months downplaying the true severity of the virus. Now, one of the state’s largest cities is paying the price.

Doctors are comparing Miami’s outbreak to the outbreak first seen in Wuhan, China, the origin of the virus.

Part of the issue, according to various doctors, is that Florida’s reopening has led the way for the surge in cases. Mask mandates and other guidelines were slow to be implemented in the state and now Floridians are not taking the virus seriously.

“They have not adhered to guidelines,” Florida International University epidemiologist Dr. Aileen Marty said at an online press conference with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “They have been in those closed spaces without taking the appropriate precautions, and that’s the main reason we are where we are.”

In response to people in the region disobeying guidelines, some businesses are being restricted.

Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez implemented a curfew on restaurants because of the sudden spike in cases. The restriction was met with anger from various city mayors in Miami-Dade County who wish for Florida to remain open as hospitals run out of room for new patients.

“The medical experts cannot tell us that this increase comes from indoor dining,” J.C. Bermudez, the mayor of Doral, told Miami Herald. “Did it come from the protests [against police brutality]? Was it beaches? Are [people] on their boats?”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a health organization that specializes in tracking and studying diseases, disagrees. According to the CDC, being indoors at a restaurant is a risky thing to do because of the patrons not wearing face coverings to eat. This allows the virus to have a better chance of spreading.

Americans in other states just can’t make sense of Florida’s COVID-19 response.

Some of the mayors claim that closing the restaurants’ in-dining services is detrimental to the communities who need food. However, the restaurants are allowed to provide delivery and take out without limitation. This allows people to continue to get the food they need and want without further exposing themselves or others to the virus.

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