“I’m trying to thread a needle into this,” DeSantis said.
As the number of deaths and deaths associated with COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, increases dramatically in Florida, the debate on how to best curb and prevent the virus from spreading continues.
Florida approached 2,000 cases late Wednesday, with 510 new cases. The 34 percent increase was the biggest single jump in a single day as the state aggressively attempts to test people over the age of 65 who have underlying conditions and have the worst symptoms.
Because of Florida’s social distance from the nation, public health officials, epidemiologists, and politicians have urged him to close Sunshine State before it becomes the next hot area like New York City.
Democrats in particular are cherishing: “Our state is in trouble and we need to slow down the spread of this virus before our health care system drops into a wave of critically ill patients,” said Terrie Rizzo, chairman of the Democratic Party of Florida in a statement Wednesday.
Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has also criticized DeSantis for not being bolder.
“The Floridians deserve prime minister Ron DeSantis for scientific activities,” Biden said. “While other major powers continue to take strong, urgent, and extensive measures to prevent the proliferation of COVID-19, Florida is not.”
On the other hand, Republicans honor DeSantis’ actions and leadership: “I feel the field is already improving,” R-Panama City Congress spokeswoman Neal Dunn told the Panama City News Herald Wednesday.
Dunn, a surgeon specializing in advanced prostate cancer, told the newspaper that he believed the current coronavirus response would help “get us back to normal structural change … People are back to the shops, they’re back to work, they’re back to the beach.” “
He expects the worst of the virus to end at Easter, in line with President Donald Trump’s goal of re-opening America on April 12, at Easter.
Researchers at Harvard Global Health Center and Stanford have produced studies that show the dramatic effects that forced home-care requirements can have on smoothing the transmission curve, and hospitals buy time to adapt to the attacks of patients with severe symptoms.
“I’m trying to thread a needle into this,” DeSantis said at a news conference Wednesday.
He also said he received positive comments from Dr. Deborah Birx, Response Coordinator of the President Coronavirus Task Force, and a member of the Doctoral Group, and Anthony Fauci, who is director of the National Allergy and Communicable Diseases Institute.
“Dr. Birx told me yesterday about what Florida’s thoughtful, data-driven approach has been,” DeSantis said. “Dr. Fauci said that not all instruments are suitable for every country’s population.”
The state is already rising with fires, including the closure of more than 10 bars, nightclubs, restaurants, gyms and outdoor meetings. Larger, more urban municipalities and cities have also ordered the closure of irrelevant businesses, forcing people to stay home.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Floridians have been laid off or laid off and left unemployed. Over 3 million unemployment claims were filed in the United States. The $ 2 trillion recovery package approved by Congress on Wednesday is intended to help alleviate part of the financial burden.
DeSantis has supported local governments that want to impose stricter closures, but it has been reluctant to make this state-wide injunction because of fears of its financial implications.
In some states, there are fewer cases, he said, and the thing that orders someone to stay home and not earn a salary is not appropriate “when they go to work, it has no effect on what we do with the virus.”
He said he had to think about the “second-order” effect: “When New York did this, it made thousands of people flee. Look at California … (that) told people to stay home … but thousands of people are on the beach, to celebrate.”
DeSantis has been criticized for not stopping Spring Holiday or ordering a nationwide shutdown of all beaches.
Instead, he focused on locking up passengers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and forcing them to quarantine for 14 days or to be fined $ 500, complaining that these passengers were bringing the virus to Florida.
But these travelers are a very small group compared to the huge number of Floridians who have shown a positive effect on the coronavirus. Only 110 non-residents have confirmed a positive result, and only a handful have recently arrived from the Tri State.
There are 1,867 floridans known to have received the coronavirus, which causes potentially fatal COVID-19. It is an acute respiratory infection that is transmitted between people by droplets that are sneezed or coughed into the air.
About 51% of cases in South Florida consist of the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. This also happens when 40% of all tests are performed.
DeSantis and his management teams have also focused on procuring supplies for healthcare workers and first responders. Over a million N95 masks have been ordered, and more are in the state of Florida for distribution where they are needed most, which has mainly been in South Florida.
“Our resources are fact-based, and fortunately you haven’t had so many cases in Central Florida,” DeSantis said.
Dale Ewart, executive vice president of SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the state’s largest healthcare trade union, has urged the governor to provide nationwide protection to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“(T) These committed caregivers are afraid and shocked that the state is not sufficiently serving its public well-being and its own safety,” Ewart said in a letter to the governor, surgeon, chief of the agency. health administration and emergency management.
“The lack of personal protective equipment has caused great concern and fear for our caregivers. Already at this early stage, which is expected to be a long public health emergency, we have reached a critical point in these shortcomings.”
The story is updated throughout the day.
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This story was originally published on tallahassee.com and was distributed to other Florida newspapers in the United States by TODAY Network – Florida.