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DeSantis and allies want credit for his boom-to-bust coronavirus numbers. But the drop is hardly unusual.

VIERA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES – 2021/09/01: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds a news conference at the Florida Department of Health office in Viera, Florida to announce that the state of Florida has provided more than 40,000 monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients statewide at 21 state treatment sites. Last week Florida reported 1,727 COVID-19 deaths in its weekly report, the most on record. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Supporters of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are still waiting for his apology. They might want to focus on the epidemiology.

Weeks after Florida endured one of the worst outbreaks of the coronavirus pandemic, the state has seen cases decline substantially – so much so that it currently ranks 50th in the country in per-capita cases.

This has prompted another round of I-told-you-sos about the supposed wisdom of the Republican governor’s approach. A Wall Street Journal op-ed this week declared, "Media Ignore Florida Covid Recovery." Fox News analyst Brit Hume suggested that mainstream journalists were ignoring Florida’s righting of the ship because it didn’t fit the narrative.

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The whole thing is reminiscent of the first time all this happened. Early in the pandemic, with Florida still yet to be hard-hit, a May 2020 National Review headline read, "Where Does Ron DeSantis Go to Get His Apology?" Within a couple weeks of that headline, cases in Florida began surging. Less than two months later, Florida registered the most per-capita current cases of any state.

In March of this year, with Florida’s cases again dropping to a lower plateau, a Wall Street Journal op-ed declared, "Vindication for Ron DeSantis." By the summer, Florida again surged to the highest per-capita case rate and added the highest per-capita death rate during the delta wave.

Now DeSantis himself is joining some of the voices above in suggesting his state’s current 50th-out-of-50 status is vindication.

The point of referencing Florida’s spikes is not that its handling of the coronavirus has been the worst. The point is that these things are cyclical, and spiking the football when cases are low – even the lowest – is a ridiculous enterprise. That is especially true when Florida is just coming off one of the worst outbreaks in the history of the pandemic and has more often than not been worse off than the rest of the country.

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