Yet Gov Desantis says the state has no problem and is still pushing hard for schools to fully open and no statewide mandatory mask wearing.

Concerns about hospital beds in Florida have been building for some time, but the internal Trump administration document suggests that the problem is more severe than had been previously thought. Those concerns have been compounded by allegations that Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration is manipulating or hiding data about the pandemic.

The state’s dashboard shows that 5,328 people are hospitalized for the coronavirus in Miami-Dade. Until recently, DeSantis refused to make hospitalization data available.

There had been hopes that Florida was past the worst, but those hopes have been tempered in the last two days, with the state reporting consecutive fatality records, with 186 deaths on Tuesday and 217 on Wednesday. DeSantis, a Republican acolyte of President Trump, has come under growing criticism for his handling of the pandemic.

Also on Wednesday, the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration reported that 51 hospitals across the state had no ICU capacity whatsoever.

A spokesperson for the agency said it was in “frequent communication with hospital leadership with regard to the amount of beds that can be converted to allow additional bed availability. Hospitals plan and prepare for surges, although that additional capacity is not reflected on the dashboard. Some hospitals have discontinued elective procedures as a way to increase bed capacity.”

There is more at the link above including Desantis claiming there is no problem and Florida has less hospitalizations and everything is wonder per tRump’s orders, right?   Hugs

6 thoughts on “Yet Gov Desantis says the state has no problem and is still pushing hard for schools to fully open and no statewide mandatory mask wearing.

  1. Array August 1, 2020 / 08:16

    Scottie, in bold print, the headline should read “The truth matters…especially in a pandemic.” If people in leadership positions cannot add value, they need to stop talking. It is only people’s lives. Let’s focus on what is important. DeSantis, Kemp, Abbott, Trump et al, have not learned the first headline and certainly do not adhere to the second sentence. Keith

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    • Scottie August 1, 2020 / 09:06

      Hello Keith. It is really scary to me that the governor is hiding the truth just to please tRump. With the truth we could plan, implement procedures to mitigate the problem. Pretending the problem did not exist is what got us here in the first place. But as I asked someone else, why is Desiantis doing this? Is he that afraid of tRump? I know he is a tried and true racist but does he really need tRump’s approval that badly? What does he gain? Hugs

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      • Keith August 1, 2020 / 13:15

        Scottie, I want to blow a lifeguard whistle and tell these folks to get out of the pool. The issue is people are getting sick and dying. What do you plan to do about that, governor? Nationally, 25,000 Americans died in July due to COVID-19. How many of those deaths could have been avoided with a president who gave a damn about people? Or governor? Keith

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        • Scottie August 2, 2020 / 06:01

          Hello Keith. What do these governors gain by denying the proper procedures? What do they gain forcing kids to in person school classes? I do not see how Desantis gains by following tRump in this. Hugs

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          • Keith August 2, 2020 / 09:21

            Scottie, I have no clue. Are they currying favor with a base who believes the misinformation and disinformation of the president? Keith

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            • Nan August 2, 2020 / 11:40

              IMO, that pretty much nails it. The hardcore Trumpsters would turn against him if he took a sane and measured approach. And we mustn’t forget the moneyed contributors that keep him in office.

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