Florida’s Department of Health is reporting another 213 fatalities from COVID-19. It’s the second consecutive day the death toll exceeded 200 and the number of coronavirus fatalities in Florida has reached at least 12,482. Gov. Ron DeSantis never mentioned those fatalities during his COVID-19 conference Thursday — he wanted to talk about reopening bars and restaurants.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The state also reported almost 2,600 new cases of coronavirus Thursday, which sounds like an improvement ... until you look at the data and realize they’re testing a lot fewer Floridians these days. Fewer tests mean fewer confirmed cases.
— DeSantis' effort to play the race card against a Black lawmaker has failed. Rep. Geraldine Thompson says there’s no way she’ll drop her lawsuit over the Governor’s latest appointment to the Florida Supreme Court.
— Remember the Tally 14, who were arrested Saturday during a protest of police brutality? Make that 16. If the goal of Tallahassee police were to infuriate the social justice crowd, they certainly succeeded.
— Finally, checking-in with a Florida Man who took the wind out of a gator.