The Florida Governor seems determined to let his people KEEP getting infected….
Turning down treatment drugs and respirators would makes things seem even worst….
Thankfully for the people of Florida the Health Dept. Staff down there HAS accepted the help from New York Health officials…
More than 15,000 new cases of the coronavirus were announced on Sunday in Florida, marking the highest single-day total of known cases in any state since the start of the pandemic.
Florida’s surge soared past the previous record, set in New York, of more than 12,000 cases in a day. That occurred in April, during the worst of the outbreak there, when testing was scarce. And Florida is reporting far fewer deaths than New York.
Florida also saw single-day records in the counties that include Florida’s largest cities, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Pensacola and Sarasota.
Florida has recorded more than 269,800 cases, with more than 4,200 total deaths, according to a New York Times database.
The increase has added strain on hospitals. In Miami-Dade County, Fla., six hospitals have reached capacity as virus cases spike. The increase in cases caused Mayor Carlos Gimenez to roll back reopening plans by imposing a curfew and closing restaurants for indoor dining.
“We’ve definitely had a sharp increase in the number of people going to the hospital, the number of people in the I.C.U., and the number of people on ventilators,” he said. “We still have capacity, but it does cause me a lot of concern.”…
Florida will start getting shipments this weekend of an antiviral drug that has shown signs of helping severely ill Covid-19 patients — cargo senior aides scored in part from New York just as Gov. Ron DeSantis was publicly dismissing the state’s help, emails show.
Fresh doses of remdesivir were expedited with help from Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, DeSantis told reporters Saturday during a news conference at the Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, noting that hospitals across the state will start receiving shipments. While DeSantis was quick to praise the Trump administration, the governor spent the past few days downplaying the notion that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office had come to Florida’s aid.
“They’re not helping us,” DeSantis told reporters during a Jacksonville news conference on Thursday.
“I think someone reached out to our office about ventilators and we have like, 6,000 just sitting idle. … We don’t need ventilators. We don’t need PPE,” he said, before noting how his office was in talks with the federal government to get remdesivir.
But a polite set of emails exchanged midday Wednesday between Cuomo’s office and the Florida Department of Health, and reviewed by POLITICO, show New York had offered to ship remdesivir to the Sunshine State at a time when the seven-day average positivity rate for Covid-19 testing in New York was 1 percent and Florida’s was 19 percent, according to a Johns Hopkins University & Medicine website.
An email sent Wednesday by a staffer in Cuomo’s office to one in DeSantis’ included the subject line, “Florida need Remdesivir?” The message was forwarded to a senior staff person at the Florida Department of Health, who replied with thanks.
“Any assistance you are able to provide is very much appreciated. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need any additional information,” they wrote….