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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 7.2.20

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Tampa this afternoon to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding the state’s efforts to combat coronavirus.

Earlier this year, Pence was named chair of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and he has been a regular part of COVID-19 related press briefings.

Florida saw a record-breaking spike in new coronavirus cases this past weekend, and the state’s 14-day moving average for new positive tests continues to climb. There were 6,563 new cases reported Tuesday. And, while 45,366 test results were returned from labs, 15.04 percent of those results were positive. In other words, 15 out of every 100 people tested were infected. Mike Pence will meet again with Ron DeSantis in Tampa to talk about the continuing coronavirus crisis. Image via AP. DeSantis has reiterated in recent weeks that he doesn’t plan to make any changes to the state’s reopening plan or enact a statewide face mask mandate. During a news conference in Juno Beach on Tuesday, DeSantis echoed his previous statements, pointing to increased testing and jumps in the number of younger people testing positive for the weeks of spikes in new cases.

“A lot of recent cases are younger people … some with milder […]

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