So what would he call it now?
” It’s, it’s … I do not even know how to describe it,” he stammered.
Florida is now the U.S. center of the pandemic.
Over the last week, it reported more than 83,000 new cases, well ahead of California and Texas, 2 much bigger states that are also having a hard time to consist of the virus.
” It is like one giant SNL skit,” Hiaasen stated.
Well, how about a Stanford-educated legal representative dressing up as Death and suing the governor.
Daniel Uhlfelder, a 47- year-old family law and real estate attorney, started appearing on Florida beaches in April wearing a hooded black bathrobe and bring a scythe to alert sunbathers of pending doom.
Is he shocked how bad things have become?
Florida has long welcomed its reputation as a punchline, so much so the state bird is the mockingbird.
But how the state ended up being a dystopian landscape is a more traditional tale of political usefulness and science denial, with the guv, a Republican and strong ally of President Trump, repeatedly moving blame for the crisis while minimizing the danger and neglecting his own health professionals.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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” Public health has actually become politicized and that is a dish for disaster,” stated Dr. Anne W. Rimoin, a professor of public health at UCLA. “The truth that masks have become politicized is nonsensical. It’s a proven public health method of decreasing disease transmission.”
In May, DeSantis raised statewide stay-at-home orders after simply four weeks, far earlier than many other states. 2 weeks later on health clubs and restaurants were enabled to reopen and by the very first week of June so were bars, tattoo parlors and Universal’s theme parks.
However the push to reopen the economy for the summer season tourist season came at a massive cost: 6 days later on Orlando, where Universal’s parks lie, saw a huge jump in cases. That was the start of a high, statewide climb.
Over the last month, Florida has seen its caseload dive from about 80,000 to 315,755 The death toll has actually climbed up from simply under 3,000 to 4,676, the eighth highest in the country. A minimum of 54 health centers across Florida have actually reported that their ICU wards are complete.
Even as the numbers surged, DeSantis promised not to enforce new shelter-in-place guidelines and started pushing for schools to reopen and free parents to go back to work.
He has actually likewise declined calls to provide a statewide order mandating face coverings in public, leaving it to the counties to implement their own guidelines.
Jerry Demings, the Democratic mayor of Orange County, released an executive order last month requiring facial coverings in public there.
Spring break revelers in Pompano Beach, Fla., in March.
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