Maybe I’m wrong and obviously Florida is not on the Mexico border but I find it hard to believe that it is a coincidence with Cal, Tex and Arizona all being border states. This thing has a seasonality to it. Mexico and Brazil were hit later on. The border counties in some of these states were hit hard lately.
Texas has fewer deaths than Maryland and had 23/24M more population. Texas never had a curve. That type of context is missing all the time. I read an article the other day that Houston hospitals were around 95% capacity this time last year. That type of context is missing from many of the stories. It’s all about fearmongering.
Here is one article about Florida. https://alachuachronicle.com/covid-test-positivity-is-not-a-meaningful-statistic-because-not-all-negatives-are-reported/
Not all of the tests were reported. I heard this about North Carolina and Georgia awhile ago.