Orlando Weekly: Florida Gov. DeSantis extends order banning local COVID-related shutdowns, restrictions and mask mandates

Orlando Weekly: Florida Gov. DeSantis extends order banning local COVID-related shutdowns, restrictions and mask mandates. “The two-page extension, issued before the Thanksgiving holiday, said the state ‘continues to suffer economic harm as a result of COVID-19 related closures, exacerbating the impacts of the State of Emergency, and Floridians should not be prohibited by local governments from working or operating a business.’ The extension is slated to last as long as Florida remains under a state of emergency during the pandemic.”

Driven by the coronavirus, Gov. Hogan succeeds in an old fight: Losing weight (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Driven by the coronavirus, Gov. Hogan succeeds in an old fight: Losing weight. “Hogan said his decision to lose weight was prompted in part by the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than a quarter of a million people in the United States and poses a greater risk to those who are obese or have other preexisting conditions. He had gone to the doctor for his routine physical this summer. After his bloodwork and other tests, he decided it was time for a change.”

WRAL: Some governors ignore CDC advice on Thanksgiving gatherings

WRAL: Some governors ignore CDC advice on Thanksgiving gatherings. “Coronavirus infections are ravaging South Dakota, where more than half of tests have come back positive for weeks. Yet Gov. Kristi Noem won’t require masks or take other measures to curb the spread, including urging families to limit Thanksgiving gatherings. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said he’ll attend a college football game over the weekend and spend the holiday with his parents, noting that, ‘Oklahomans should be with their loved ones over Thanksgiving.'”

NPR: Two Rural States With GOP Governors And Very Different COVID-19 Results

NPR: Two Rural States With GOP Governors And Very Different COVID-19 Results. “One of the things happening in South Dakota is an infection rate that’s among the worst in the nation, at about 8,000 cases per 100,000 people. In Vermont, another small, rural state with a Republican governor, Gov. Phil Scott has embraced safety measures, and the differences are pretty stark. Like South Dakota, Vermont has fewer than 1 million residents, most of whom don’t live in cities. It has about 500 cases per 100,000 people. That’s the lowest rate in the nation.”

AP: Some in North Dakota wish for tougher virus tack by governor

AP: Some in North Dakota wish for tougher virus tack by governor. “James Yantzer strode into a Harbor Freight Tools store in one of North Dakota’s worst hot spots for the coronavirus, brushing off a sign telling customers to wear a face mask. ‘If they kick me out, I’ll go somewhere else,’ Yantzer said, calling masks about as effective at blocking the virus as ‘stopping sand with chicken wire.’ Despite the Bismarck store’s mask requirement, the 69-year-old trucking company owner wasn’t asked to leave.”

PV Magazine: Politicians talk a green game, but do they have solar on their home rooftops?

PV Magazine: Politicians talk a green game, but do they have solar on their home rooftops?. “A Google Maps view of [Governor Gavin] Newsom’s panel-less roof can be seen on a new website… which is out to name names on the politicians who are — or aren’t — backing up their public support for solar with rooftop installations at home. The project is the brainchild of solar sales consultant Nick Thorsch, who recently launched the website, looking first at the rooftops of all 50 state governors’ official mansions and their personal homes.”

Washington Post: Virginia governor develops mild covid-19 symptoms, scorns Trump for downplaying disease

Washington Post: Virginia governor develops mild covid-19 symptoms, scorns Trump for downplaying disease. “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday that he has developed ‘mild’ symptoms of covid-19 more than a week after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, but he is continuing to conduct business remotely.”

Washington Post: Contact tracing for a coronavirus-positive governor previews task ahead for Trump tracers

Washington Post: Contact tracing for a coronavirus-positive governor previews task ahead for Trump tracers. “Just days before Gov. Ralph Northam tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains to christen a new highway tunnel, the Hampton Roads region to break ground on an economic development project, and Northern Virginia to lay out a refinancing plan for public universities. First lady Pam Northam, who also tested positive, made stops at a community garden and two Fredericksburg child-care centers, a preschool in Dumfries and a Manassas Park elementary school. The Northams wore masks at all their appearances and tried — but sometimes failed — to keep their distance from others. So far, health officials say, there’s no indication that the Democratic governor and first lady spread the virus.”

None of your business: Parson’s office won’t say how many of his staffers have COVID-19 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: None of your business: Parson’s office won’t say how many of his staffers have COVID-19. “Gov. Mike Parson’s administration won’t say how many people in his office have tested positive for COVID-19. That decision is a departure from what agencies under his control have been routinely reporting since the beginning of the pandemic. At the Missouri Department of Corrections, for example, 613 employees of the sprawling agency have tested positive, according to the agency’s website. Of those cases, 233 were still active as of Friday.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Parson, his wife test positive for COVID-19; governor postpones travel, debate

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Parson, his wife test positive for COVID-19; governor postpones travel, debate. “Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday he and his wife, Teresa, have tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting both to isolate from the public and postpone several events, including a ceremonial bill signing in St. Louis and a widely anticipated debate with Democratic challenger Nicole Galloway.”

Detroit News: Michigan Court of Appeals upholds Gov. Whitmer’s emergency actions

Detroit News: Michigan Court of Appeals upholds Gov. Whitmer’s emergency actions. “In a 2-1 decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral emergency actions to combat COVID-19, denying a legal challenge brought by the GOP-controlled state Legislature. The court agreed with a state Court of Claims judge in finding the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act gives Whitmer the ability to declare emergencies and take actions in response without lawmakers’ approval.”

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio pharmacy board reverses ban on hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment after DeWine’s request

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio pharmacy board reverses ban on hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment after DeWine’s request. “Hydroxychloroquine has been touted by President Donald Trump as a way to treat and prevent the coronavirus. The Ohio pharmacy board planned to ban the drug as a COVID-19 treatment until Gov. Mike DeWine spoke up about it. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has changed course on its ban of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as coronavirus treatments following the governor’s urging to do so.”

The Hill: Georgia governor withdraws request for emergency hearing to block Atlanta mask order

The Hill: Georgia governor withdraws request for emergency hearing to block Atlanta mask order. “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) withdrew a request for an emergency hearing in a lawsuit that aims to block his state’s largest city from ordering people to wear masks in public or imposing other pandemic-related restrictions. Kemp spokesperson Cody Hall told The Hill Tuesday morning that the governor was heartened by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s (D) recent decision to impose economic restrictions on restaurants on a voluntary basis.”

Tennessean: White House is recommending Tennessee close all bars. Gov. Bill Lee says no.

Tennessean: White House is recommending Tennessee close all bars. Gov. Bill Lee says no.. “Dr. Deborah Birx, a White House adviser who is among the top coronavirus officials in the nation, said Monday that Tennessee should close bars and limit indoor restaurant dining to prevent a looming escalation of the coronavirus outbreak. Moments later, Gov. Bill Lee said he had no plans to follow this recommendation. Lee said he would not close bars or limit restaurants or give county mayors the authority to take these actions locally.”

NBC News: Governors who took the virus seriously from the start get a boost

NBC News: Governors who took the virus seriously from the start get a boost. “Our new NBC News/Marist polls of Arizona and North Carolina tell a pretty similar story — President Trump trails in both battlegrounds, as does the incumbent GOP senator. But there’s a significant difference between the two polls: North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper holds a 59 percent approval rating among voters in his state, while Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has a 39 percent rating in his state.”