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Florida seems forever destined to rank highly on any matrix charting bizarre behavior.


So, in the midst of a pandemic, it should surprise no one to know that this state has been judged to have more "covidiots" than anywhere else.



Covidiot is a word coined to describe people who seem determined to ignore even the most dire warnings concerning the dangers of COVID-19, a virus that has claimed more than 800 American lives.


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"This includes people who refuse to use social distancing, continue to travel, hoard items, and who dismiss the seriousness of the current situation in general," according to an email reporting the finding.


Fitbug.com, a health and fitness website that tracks health-related trends, put together a map charting the nation’s covidiot numbers by state. Florida ranked first, followed by Washington and New York.


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Ryan Taylor, who reported the findings, indicated that Florida’s own residents might not be, in this case, solely responsible for the incomprehensible behavior.


"The West Coast, Northeast, and Florida have the most ’covidiot’ activity," he said in an email. "With Florida being the top state (likely due to an influx of people who are still traveling there for spring break)."


While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has thus far rejected calls to close the state’s beaches, in Northwest Florida that has been done in hopes of curtailing the arrival of new spring breakers.


Okaloosa County followed the lead of the city of Destin Tuesday when its county commission voted to close beaches both public and private.


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Walton County and Santa Rosa counties have closed public beaches and in Walton, where the beaches are primarily privately owned, several communities have voluntarily shut down beach access.


Beach communities in the region are reporting higher instances of positive tests for COVID-19. Florida Department of Health statistics state Destin has seven reported cases of the virus, Santa Rosa Beach in Walton County five and Navarre five.


Niceville also has six reported cases, Crestview has two, Fort Walton Beach two, Gulf Breeze one and Mary Esther one.


Information used to create the covidiot map utilized geotagged twitter data gathered since March 1 by tracking tweets and hashtags about "Covidiots" (such as #covidiots), Taylor said in his email. Over 200,000 tweets were tracked.


Behind New York among states with the most covidiots was the New England trifecta of Vermont, Delaware and Maine. Oregon, New Mexico, California and Pennsylvania rounded out the top ten.