The rates of coronaviruses are climbing in Florida , with the latest data showing that the current seven-day average of new daily Covid-19 cases in Florida is by far the highest in the country. But Republican Governor Ron DeSantis , who is a candidate for re-election in 2022 and who has a long time rumored as a possible presidential candidate in 2024, remains steadfast in its more laissez-faire response to the virus, dismissing ongoing criticism from Democrats and medical officials. He didargue on Wednesday that the recent spike is part of the virus 's seasonal fluctuations, even though he urged Floridians to get vaccinated. He touted the data which shows that if you are vaccinated, your risk of becoming seriously ill or dying is effectively zero. And her spokesperson, Christina Pushaw, noted that DeSantis has argued for months that it anticipates an increase in cases in Florida. and other southern states this summer, as there was a seasonal increase last summer in those states. It's a seasonal virus and it's the seasonal pattern it follows in the Sun Belt states, DeSantis said earlier this week, before adding that he thinks that the cases will decrease in August. Interactive: Tracking Covid-19 vaccinations at United States This surge - spurred by the more transmissible Delta variant that has health officials across the country worried - is the latest chapter in the Florida governor's fight against the virus, a chapter that has been both heralded and condemned as state rates continually shifted. At the start of the pandemic, despite DeSantis' decision to shut down the state later than the others and to reopen earlier, it appeared Florida had avoided the worst of the virus.But the outbreaks of summer 2020 and again now have put the governor's argument that his leadership has successfully guided the state through the pandemic in an exposed position. Read more Florida, like many states across the country, has seen the number of Covid-19 cases increase in recent weeks. According to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, Florida has an average of 6,492 cases per day, a number that has nearly doubled in a week and quadrupled in a month. By this measure, Florida has a current daily average of 4,806 cases, and Texas, with a current daily average of 4,802. Between July 15 and 21, Florida has 45,449 new cases of coronavirus, by far the largest number in the country. DeSantis has encouraged vaccines in its drive to curb the pandemic - If you are vaccinated, however, the number of people who end up being hospitalized afterwards is almost nil. unbelievablyent, insanely low, he said this week - but he has totally ruled out another lockdown in the state, decried any kind of vaccination passport program and slammed state jurisdictions that are starting up. to tell people who have been vaccinated to keep wearing masks. I get a little frustrated when I see some of these jurisdictions saying, even if you are healthy and vaccinated, you need to wear a mask because we are seeing an increase in cases DeSantis said at a press conference in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. Understand what this message is sending to people who are not vaccinated. He tells them the vaccines don't work. JUST WATCHED DeSantis PAC selling Don 't Fauci my Florida products. Listen to Fauci's reaction Replay More videos. .. A LOOK AHEAD DeSantis PAC selling 'don ' t Fauci my Florida 'merch. Listen to Fauci's reaction 01:15 Even as DeSantis promotes vaccines and touts its response to Covid, its political website captures anti-science sentiment targeting experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Diseases a senior adviser to President Joe Biden. Fauci has drawn the ire of Republicans across the country, including former President Donald Trump. Don 't Fauci My Florida, reads a T-shirt and a koozie for sale on the governor's campaign site. Another series of koozies features a quote from DeSantis: “How am I going to drink a beer with a mask on? ” Helen Aguirre Ferre, executive director of the Florida Republican Party, dismissed the items being sold as nothing more than 'a great opportunity to have fun and give fans a chance to get together.entirety tied even more to her message to keep Florida free, and supported Fauci's criticisms. She also claimed that the website was not the official DeSantis campaign website because DeSantis did not had yet to file his re-election documents. The governor's response, as well as the products sold by his campaign, led Democrats to leap into the latest wave, arguing that it shows DeSantis' failing leadership on the issue. have a governor who didn't take Covid seriously from the start. You know he's basically right now, he's treating it like a joke. He has campaign products on his website saying Don 't Fauci My Florida. And we've seen nearly 40,000 Floridians die from Covid, Debbie Wasserman, Florida Representative Schultz told CNN this week. And look, I'd rather see us 'Fauci our Florida ' than see people go through death by DeSantis. More GOP lawmakers are embracing the vaccine but still not the misinformation about it And Brad Woodhouse, head of the outside Protect Our Care group, said DeSantis continues to reject common sense measures to slow the spread of the virus and that it should focus on the supportto hospitals overwhelmed with his condition. DeSantis' response comes as governors across the country attempt to tackle the spike in cases. In Arkansas, where cases have increased and only 36% of people are fully vaccinated, the governor Asa Hutchinson has started to meet directly with people and urge them to get vaccinated. And some governors, like Jim Justice of West Virginia, have held lottery weeks for people who get vaccinated. State remains low, but only 39% of West Virginia are fully vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, Justice said during a recent state briefing on Covid, you are part of the problem rather that's the solution. CNN reported on Tuesday that staff at a large Jacksonville hospital thought they had already seen the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, but that hospital Covid cases have doubled since last week and officials fear they are at days of running at capacity and really having major staffing issues. We could be an entire hospital full of Covid in a matter of a month if things don't start to slow down or vaccinations don't not increase, said Chad Neil sen, director of infection prevention at the hospital. Neilsen added that 90% of Covid patients at the hospital are unvaccinated. This was picked up on Wednesday by the Jacksonville mayor, Lenny Curry, a Republican, who has said the best way to get past the increase is increasing our percentage of vaccinations. The math is clear, vaccines work, Curry mentioned. Restrictions on our economy and our personal freedoms do notare not the solution. Not all republicans kiss McConnell 's vaccination campaign. Read what some had to say when asked this week Coronavirus cases remain far lower than they were years ago months. But the spread of the Delta variant worrieshealth experts, leading White House officials to warn that those who are not vaccinated are at serious risk of variants. The United States now registers an average of 34,056 new cases of Covid-19 each day, according to Johns Hopkins University. This is an increase of 55% from last week. This is becoming an unvaccinated pandemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky said last time around. week. We are seeing outbreaks in parts of the country that have low immunization coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk. Above it all, including the latest wave in Florida, are the political aspirations of DeSantis. The governor, who narrowly won his first term in 2018, is due for re-election in 2022, facing challenges that should be well funded by Florida Democratic Representative Charlie Crist and commissFlorida Farmer Nikki Fried - - the two who attacked the Republican Governor over the coronavirus. This is because @GovRonDeSantis is sleeping at the wheel on immunization awareness, Crist tweeted, linking to a story about hospitals filling up with Covid patients. This inaction has put our people and our economy in danger. Do better, Governor, lives are on the line. And Fried said, Nobody wins because you were wrong, @GovRonDeSantis. What matters now is how we get over it. road and work together to protect each other. Jesse Hunt, a spokesperson for the Republican Governors Association, dismissed criticism of Crist and Fried, arguing Democrats and the press have tried countless times to make this a problem to no avail. This is a sad attempt at relevance, Hunt said, from the byt of two candidates who failed to gain ground in the race.