Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Calls on County Officials to Stop COVID-19 Conversation After Elections

In September, the Florida Department of Health ordered county-level spokespersons to talk only about COVID-19 after Election Day on Nov. 3. Sun-Sentinel. The policy was created as part of the overall strategy of Governor Ron DeSantis and his administration to reduce the virus. “It’s all part of the top-level downward scrutiny of the government office,” an anonymous senior official in the state health department told the newspaper. The DeSantis administration also announced the guidance of chief public health officials – instead of supporting a former White House adviser, an adviser to Atlas COVID – and hid data on infections in schools and prisons until pressure from the public changed. On Tuesday, Florida became the third state to exceed the 1 million total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, after Texas and California.

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