Gov. Ron DeSantis Explains How The State Went From Being "The Next Italy" To Flattening The Curve
Florida has a massive elderly community, a large homeless population, and a track record for producing the wildest drug users. Just Google the phrase "Florida man" and look at all the crazy stories that pop up. What they don't have is a lot of COVID-19 cases and it's blowing the experts' collective minds.
Everyone expected Florida to get hit the hardest. Maybe even bigger than New York but, no. The sunny state managed to flatten the infection rate curve. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis joined Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday to explain how.
“People were predicting us to be worse than New York, like another Italy,” DeSantis said. “They said that this week, one of the newspapers in Florida said we would have 464,000 people hospitalized. The actual number is 2,200. So we beat that by 462,000. But what we did very early was focus on the populations who are most at risk: Our senior citizens, and particularly our nursing homes and assisted living facilities.”
“We instituted screening for all staff immediately, we stopped visitation, we required all staff to wear N95 masks,” DeSantis continued. “I charged the National Guard with doing strike teams and spot testing at the facility to try to figure out if any of the staff are asymptomatic. Whenever there was an incident at a nursing home, we send these quick response teams to go and try to limit some infections … We’ve put out almost six million masks just to our nursing homes and assisted living facilities and so we understood the risk that this posed to the senior population.”
“We worked with The Villages constructively on social distancing and here’s the thing, you don’t have to be draconian,” DeSantis said in an apparent shot at Democrat governors who have used the pandemic to implement overreaching policies. “At The Villages, they’re playing golf just like they always do, but they’re doing it with social distancing. So, they don’t share a cart with anyone and they don’t touch the flagstick and they’ve ended up doing very well.”
DeSantis also received glowing praise from President Trump who wrote: “Congratulations to all of my many friends at The Villages in Florida on having done so well, and with such great spirit, during these rather unusual times. So proud of everyone! Mark Morse & Gary Lester have really stepped up to the plate. Hope to see everyone soon.”
Congratulations to all of my many friends at The Villages in Florida on having done so well, and with such great spirit, during these rather unusual times. So proud of everyone! Mark Morse & Gary Lester have really stepped up to the plate. Hope to see everyone soon.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2020
Gov. DeSantis says that people haven't just shut themselves indoor,“People would play golf with social distancing, would fish, while maintaining social distancing and I think that’s healthy,” DeSantis added. “People sitting inside all day eating Cheetos and watching Netflix … that’s not great. I think we’ve respected people, I think we did it the right way and I think it’s paid off. These draconian orders I don’t think have worked throughout the country.”
“I think it’s been a team effort here in Florida,” DeSantis said.” We’ve got great public health people here at the county level, we’ve worked very good with the local governments as well, and we still have more work to do. But clearly, we have done way better than all the experts said we would and I think we did it by a data-driven approach.”
Hannity commended the Florida governor for telling people to get outside every day and 'get some sun'. He contributes the resident's overall good health to following that advice.