Rises in daily COVID-19 cases in Florida broke record-highs throughout the month of June. The spikes are followed by much controversy surrounding the use of masks or lack thereof in individual cities and counties across the state. Now, a tool designed by Harvard University’s Global Health Institute suggests Florida is at its “tipping point” and may need to consider further action to slow the spread.

The new Harvard Global Health Institute COVID Risk Level Map of the U.S. gives a sweeping look at the country and which states seem to be getting hit the hardest.

Dotted with green, yellow, orange, and red, the color scales show which states have had unmitigated community spread.

Florida is covered in mostly orange and red squares, showing an accelerated spread, putting it at a "tipping point" that Harvard's guidelines show would call for renewed stay-at-home orders.

A breakdown of each county provides a number of new daily cases over a 7-day rolling weekly average. Counties in red are seeing 25 or more confirmed cases per 100,000.

24 of Florida's counties are in the red zone. A few of these counties include Holmes County, with the most cases per 100,000 at 75, Orange County with 49.8, Miami-Dade at 47.2, Hillsborough County with 42.2, and Pinellas County at 35.3.

According to the map, Florida, along with Arizona, are the only two states currently labeled as at-risk.

Florida's highest ever spike was seen on June 26, with 9,580 cases reported in a single day, with the days following seeing 5,000 or more confirmed cases. Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard currently show 169,106 total cases.

The map is intended to work as a tool to help local officials craft strategies that best suit the risks in their regions.

While each of the four colors on the scale is accompanied by a suggestion to help stop the spread, researchers say it is necessary to implement stay-at-home orders for red, at-risk states.

Earlier this week, Governor Ron DeSantis was adamant in his declaration that Florida would “not go back” and planned to keep the state open as cases continue to rise.

Many have been frustrated while others advocate for DeSantis’ lack of a statewide mask mandate, which led to a split discussion across Twitter under the #DeSantisFailedFlorida hashtag.

While a state-wide mask mandate has not been issued, several counties have taken matters into their own hands and implemented their own requirements and mandates for public spaces, some even issuing fines of up to $500 for violators.

At this time, it's unclear what extra steps DeSantis may take to develop new strategies for mitigating spread across The Sunshine State. However, The Governor did recently decide to re-implement a ban on sit-in alcohol sales at bars.

DeSantis is set to meet today with VP and head of the Coronavirus Task Force, Mike Pence, to discuss what efforts the state is taking to fight against COVID-19.

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