Coronavirus ravaged Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined researchers and adopted Trump
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As Florida turned a world wide epicenter of the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a single meeting this thirty day period with his prime public well being official, Scott Rivkees, in accordance to the governor’s routine. His well being office has sidelined experts, halting briefings very last month with disease specialists and telling the experts there was not adequate personnel from the state to proceed participating.
DeSantis (R) this thirty day period traveled to Miami to keep a roundtable with South Florida mayors, whose area was having difficulties as a novel coronavirus incredibly hot spot. But the Republican mayor of Hialeah was shut out, months right after expressing the governor “hasn’t finished much” for a city disproportionately afflicted by the virus.
As the virus spread out of handle in Florida, conclusion-creating turned more and more formed by politics and divorced from scientific evidence, according to interviews with 64 present-day and former state and administration officers, health administrators, epidemiologists, political operatives and hospital executives.
By Cleve Wootson, Isaac Stanley-Becker, Lori Rozsa and Josh Dawsey