‘The governor has made it as difficult as possible to make people safe’
“We’re not allowed to have mask mandates right now,” Mr Gelber replied. “The governor stopped allowing us to do it, then immediately we saw a surge across our county and state when he did that. So we’re in a very tough position.”
The mayor went on to criticise moves by the governor, who has taken a hard-line stance on pandemic mitigation efforts like lockdowns and face mask mandates.
“We are trying to do everything we can to get around the governor’s very wrong-headed desires,” Mr Gelber said. “The governor has made it as difficult as possible to make people safe.”
I mai, the governor issued an executive order ending all local Covid-19 restrictions, mandates and emergency orders implemented amid the health crisis.
He has also previously signed executive orders banning the use of vaccine passports and has made his rejection of federal coronavirus measures a focal point of his re-election campaign.
Mr DeSantis has maintained his resistance as cases in the state surge, with the Sunshine State having surpassed its previous record for current hospitalisations set over a year ago on Sunday.
Jeff Zients, hvite hus Covid-19 Response Coordinator, revealed earlier this month that one in five of all cases in the country is occurring in Florida alone.
“We’ll do everything we can. The problem is he’s really hamstrung us,” Mr Gelber insisted. “He’s like the pied piper leading everybody off a cliff right now by letting them know that they don’t have to like the CDC.”
The surge comes amid the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant in states with lower rates of vaccination. Health officials have Americans take up their shots as soon as possible.
På søndag, Florida had 10,207 people hospitalised with confirmed Covid-19 cases, averaging 1,525 adult hospitalisations a day, og 35 daily pediatric hospitalisations.
The increase in cases marked a 50 per cent jump this week, med mer enn 110,000 new coronavirus cases reported statewide, opp fra 73,000 the week before.
Rundt 60 per cent of Floridians 12 and older have received a coronavirus vaccination and in line with health guidance Mr DeSantis has advised residents to continue getting their shots.
“If you are vaccinated, fully vaccinated, the chance of you getting seriously ill or dying from Covid is effectively zero … These vaccines are saving lives,” he said last week.
Den uavhengige has reached out to the office of Mr DeSantis for comment.
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