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Hillsborough County reports 24K cases of COVID-19, positivity rate sits at 30%

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Hillsborough County has surpassed 300K cases of COVID-19.

Cases of COVID-19 are continuing to spread across Tampa Bay as the omicron variant rages nationwide.

In the last week, from Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, Hillsborough County reported 24,400 cases of COVID-19, according to the latest data released by the Florida Department of Health. That’s about 2,000 more cases than the week prior, when the county reported 22,135 cases of COVID-19.

Overall, case numbers are way up from mid-December, when the county was reporting numbers just above 1,000 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, Hillsborough County reported 314,987 cases of COVID-19.

The onslaught of cases seen in the past week was accompanied by a countywide positivity rate of 30.1%. For reference, a 10% positivity rate is considered the threshold for community spread by researchers. The week prior, the county saw a rate of 30.8%.

As for vaccination numbers, 6,298 individuals got the jab in Hillsborough County this week. That bring the county’s vaccination rate to 67%.

Neighboring Pinellas County is also on trending upwards, reporting 14,316 new cases of COVID-19 this past week, and a positivity rate of 27.5%. In the week prior, Pinellas confirmed 11,232 cases, and a 25.6% positivity rate.

For comparison, in mid-December, the county was confirmed about 500 new weekly cases and a positivity rate of only 2.8%.

Pinellas County has confirmed 171,371 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The report also showed that 2,980 people in Pinellas County got vaccinated within the last week. With the addition of the newly vaccinated group, 646,158 people, or 68%, of Pinellas County have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pasco County reported 8,230 new weekly cases, and a positivity rate of 30.8%. So far, Pasco County has recorded 99,718 cases of COVID-19.

In the week prior, Pasco County reported 6,238 cases of COVID-19, and a positivity rate of 28.4%.

The county has a vaccination rate of 66%, after 1,969 more people got vaccinated in the last week.

This week’s report may be trending toward a peak, with other areas in the state starting to trend downward again, including South Florida.


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‘Presidency Could Use a Reset’: Media Give Joe Biden Negative Press Conference Reviews 

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The establishment media handed President Joe Biden negative reviews after his press conference Wednesday, the sixth reported solo presser of his presidency.

As the oftentimes Democrat-allied media have tried to protect the president from his gaffes, miscues, and overt blunders by avoiding certain topics while focusing on others, many of the establishment media’s headlines after his two-hour press conference were negative.

“As one Joe builds, another Joe destroys,” a Washington Post op-ed headlined about the press conference. The article used language such as, “Biden admitted defeat” and “Biden found himself negotiating with President Manchin through the assembled reporters.”

“It’s time for him [Biden] to produce — or spare us the naive piety. In democracy’s dark hour, he has already done incalculable harm,” the article dissected the speech.

The leading opinion article in the New York Times Thursday morning highlighted Biden’s polling slide with independents and the president’s “weak approval ratings” before acknowledging Biden failed to destroy election integrity.

“Never mind about voting rights or avoiding another Jan. 6. It’s the economy, Joe,” the article stated, criticizing Biden’s 40-year-high inflation.

PBS News titled its response to Biden’s press conference, “Biden acknowledges setbacks to domestic agenda in rare press conference.”

After noting the solo press conference was his first in ten months, PBS News stressed Biden’s answers to the administration’s crisis: “anxiety over omicron,” “soaring inflation,” and the “stalemate on voting rights legislation.”

The Post published a second headline that insinuated Biden’s presidency is broken. “How Biden can fix his presidency,” it read.

“His presidency could use a reset,” the article bluntly stated. “[I]n recent weeks, the omicron variant has set records for new cases in the United States, jobs numbers are volatile, inflation is up, and the Democrats’ $2 trillion Build Back Better plan has stalled in the Senate.”

The Post also published a third negative headline about Biden’s press conference, which admitted the media’s reviews of Biden’s press conference were negative. “The media wants to paint Joe Biden as a failure. He won’t let that happen.”

“President Biden, while marking the end of his first year in office on Wednesday, met a press corps anxious to paint him as a failure,” the article’s first sentence began.

Upon the conclusion of Biden’s press conference, where he defended himself against polling data that suggests 49 percent believe the president is not mentally fit, the White House had reportedly planned a media “clean up” by Vice President Kamala Harris and White House press secretary Jen Psaki:

MAN! “Kamala” went on The TODAY Show to clean up JOE’S MESSY PANTS from yesterday’s DRUG TRIP of a Press Conference. SHE WAS REALLY SNIPPY ABOUT IT! I mean, Savannah is Fake News but SHE didn’t screw up that Press Conference, JOE DID!!!! pic.twitter.com/uHof7SOkq5

— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) January 20, 2022

Harris was reportedly scheduled on all three cable news networks: CBS’s Morning, NBC’s Today Show, and ABC’s Good Morning America. Psaki appeared on Fox News. And White House chief of staff Ron Klain had a prerecorded message ready to air on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

Psaki’s Fox News appearance was a quite civil interview. This clip gives you the flavor. pic.twitter.com/mV3laviUck

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 20, 2022

Reviews of Harris’s interviews were also negative. Harris laughed on CBS about Biden’s failure to shut down the coronavirus and seemingly ignored questions about election integrity on NBC:

Harris laughs when confronted on Biden’s lie that he would “shut down the virus.” pic.twitter.com/t9IENDw1po

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 20, 2022

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White House Cleans Up Again After Joe Biden Questions Legitimacy of 2022 Election

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The White House spent Thursday morning trying to clean up comments President Joe Biden made questioning the legitimacy of the 2022 midterms.

“Lets be clear: The president was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote on social media.

Lets be clear: @potus was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election. He was making the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters turned out in the face of a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and have those votes counted.

— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 20, 2022

During his press conference, Biden repeatedly warned that voting reforms passed by Republicans in states could call into question the results of the election.

“Oh, yeah, I think it easily could be — be illegitimate,” Biden said when asked about the 2022 midterms, as Breitbart News reported.

Biden repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the upcoming 2022 election, unless bills were passed in Congress to federalize elections.

“I’m not going to say it’s going to be legit,” he said. “It’s — the increase and the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these — these reforms passed.”

Psaki claimed Biden was actually trying to support the legitimacy of the election.

Biden questioned the legitimacy of the 2022 midterm elections, after repeatedly lecturing former President Donald Trump and Republicans for casting doubts on the 2020 presidential election. https://t.co/xf5te5BKmg

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 20, 2022

“Let’s be clear: The president was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election,” she wrote. “He was making the opposite point.”

She claimed Biden was challenging Republicans for trying to overturn the 2020 election results on claims of election fraud.

“The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it,” she concluded.

Psaki also went on Fox News to try to explain Biden’s comments.

.@PressSec told Fox News that President Biden “absolutely is not predicting that the 2022 elections would be illegitimate.”

In a Wednesday press conference, @POTUS said “it depends” when asked if the midterm elections will be free and fair if his voting rights agenda stalls. pic.twitter.com/enwD3xKSOQ

— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 20, 2022

Psaki’s latest attempt to explain the president is not the only thing she had to correct after Biden’s nearly two-hour press conference on Wednesday.

She immediately released a statement on Russia and Ukraine after Biden shocked the world by suggesting Putin “has to do something” on Ukraine and that a “minor incursion” might be allowed.

“President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies,” Psaki wrote, insisting that Biden “affirmed today that those acts of Russian aggression will be met with a decisive, reciprocal, and united response.”

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Del Rio Sector Becoming Busiest for Illegal Border Crossings, Says Chief

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A massive migrant surge in the Del Rio Sector is threatening to make this the busiest of the nine southwest Border Patrol sectors, according to Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens. With approximately 4,000 apprehended over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend and nearly 1,000 more on Tuesday, the Del Rio Sector is leading the Rio Grande Valley Sector for January apprehensions.

A source operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed to Breitbart Texas that Del Rio Sector agents apprehended more than 16,000 migrants so far this month. This compares to the approximately 13,000 apprehended during the same period in the Rio Grande Valley sector. If this trend holds through the end of the month, Del Rio will overtake Rio Grande Valley as the busiest sector along the southwest border with Mexico.

Chief Owens tweeted images of more large migrant groups who surrendered to Border Patrol agents immediately after crossing the border from Mexico into Texas. The chief reported five groups crossed the border overwhelming the limited resources available in the sector. One group alone consisted of more than 265 migrants.

Five more large groups in four days for Del Rio Sector, one had more than 265! Groups that give up all at once like this are extremely taxing on resources, especially for Del Rio Sector, the busiest area of the border so far in 2022! pic.twitter.com/qZKBa98rn6

— Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens (@USBPChiefDRT) January 18, 2022

By the following morning, the agents apprehended more large migrant groups. One of these apprehended during the cover of darkness consisted of more than 400 in a single group.

OVERNIGHT: Already a common occurrence, now happening daily. Large groups cross the Rio Grande & immediately turn themselves in to agents in Eagle Pass.

This time, close to 400 in one group! pic.twitter.com/oEGfp9EIGt

— Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens (@USBPChiefDRT) January 19, 2022

The Del Rio Sector appears to be overtaking the Rio Grande Valley Sector as the busiest in the nation. Breitbart Texas’s Randy Clark reported agents in this sector apprehended more than 4,000 migrants during the first six days of the new year. Another 4,000 were apprehended over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. As of Wednesday morning, the number of apprehensions is estimated to exceed 16,000.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

Randy Clark contributed to this article.

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