And has been called out for it….
The local officials in that state seem to have been told they are on their own?
A Florida mayor on Tuesday slammed Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) handling of the state’s recent COVID-19 outbreak, driven by the rapid spread of the omicron variant.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings (D) during a press conference said counties have not received funding from the state for COVID-19 testing and questioned why DeSantis has been largely absent as the omicron variant has quickly become the dominant strain in Florida.
“We have not received any assistance from the state of Florida at our testing sites,” he said.
“Our residents, all Florida residents, should be outraged and they should ask the question, ‘Where is our state?, Where is our governor?, Where is Ron DeSantis now?’”
DeSantis, who is running for reelection in 2022, has not held a COVID-19 briefing since Dec. 17, when he appeared alongside Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo to promote a monoclonal antibody therapy developed by AstraZeneca.
DeSantis’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health told the Orlando Sentinel Wednesday that Florida’s COVID-19 containment efforts have shifted from an earlier statewide undertaking to a number of locally led endeavors….