Florida: We can’t afford Trump’s jobless aid anymore (Politico)

Politico: Florida: We can’t afford Trump’s jobless aid anymore. “Florida‘s Republican governor will end a Trump program to boost unemployment benefits to out-of-work Americans because the state’s bare-bones jobless program is too poor to continue qualifying for the federal boost. Gov. Ron DeSantis, an ally of President Donald Trump, is scrapping the extra $300 in weekly benefits because the state pays its unemployed workers too little to meet a 25 percent matching requirement. Florida appears to be the first state in the nation to halt the program because of its cost.”

Yahoo News: Ron DeSantis sidelined his health department. Florida paid the price.

Yahoo News: Ron DeSantis sidelined his health department. Florida paid the price.. “The result has been an unmitigated disaster, with Florida now home to more than half a million coronavirus cases and 10,000 COVID-19 deaths. And yet DeSantis continues to chart his own mystifying course, musing about how reopening schools is tantamount to killing Osama bin Laden. At a recent visit to a Jacksonville nursing home, DeSantis told visitors to quite literally embrace their loved ones. ‘Hell, hug ’em,’ he urged. ‘I think that you could do that,’ he said, as long as people wore face masks — and didn’t sneeze. As he spoke, a poster urging social distancing loomed over his left shoulder. Not a single health department official contradicted him, because not a single health department official was there.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Help us out, Gov. DeSantis. We’re dying here | Editorial

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Help us out, Gov. DeSantis. We’re dying here | Editorial. “Gov. Ron DeSantis wore a face mask as he greeted Vice President Mike Pence with a fist-bump at Miami’s airport Monday. He should back up the photo-op with a sensible and long-overdue statewide mask requirement.”

CNN: 5,000 health care professionals call on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue a state-wide mask mandate

CNN: 5,000 health care professionals call on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue a state-wide mask mandate. “With 432,747 confirmed coronavirus cases, Florida is now at the center of the US Covid-19 outbreak, prompting a union for one of the state’s largest healthcare systems to seek a mask order. Florida is second only to California in confirmed cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. So to help curb the spread of the virus, the Jackson Health employee union representing more than 5,000 nurses, physicians and health care professionals is demanding that Gov. Ron DeSantis issue a state-wide mask mandate, according to a news release issued by the group.”

Washington Post: Coronavirus ravaged Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined scientists and followed Trump

Washington Post: Coronavirus ravaged Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined scientists and followed Trump. “As the virus spread out of control in Florida, decision-making became increasingly shaped by politics and divorced from scientific evidence, according to interviews with 64 current and former state and administration officials, health administrators, epidemiologists, political operatives and hospital executives. The crisis in Florida, these observers say, has revealed the shortcomings of a response built on shifting metrics, influenced by a small group of advisers and tethered at every stage to the Trump administration, which has no unified plan for addressing the national health emergency but has pushed for states to reopen.”

Politico: Why DeSantis yanked Florida’s surgeon general from a coronavirus briefing

Politico: Why DeSantis yanked Florida’s surgeon general from a coronavirus briefing. “The coronavirus was sweeping Florida in April when state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees warned that people in the state might have to social distance for up to a year. Minutes later, an aide to Gov. Ron DeSantis whisked him out of the briefing. The aide, DeSantis communications director Helen Aguirre Ferré, blamed Rivkees’ abrupt removal on a scheduling conflict. But state records obtained by POLITICO challenge that assertion.”

Local10: Hialeah mayor left out of DeSantis coronavirus roundtable, calls it ‘a lack of respect’

Local10: Hialeah mayor left out of DeSantis coronavirus roundtable, calls it ‘a lack of respect’. “A quick glance around the room at Gov. Ron DeSantis’ roundtable with Miami-Dade County mayors on Tuesday showed a glaring omission. Not present: Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez. It’s notable, considering Hialeah continues to be a statewide case-leader for COVID-19.”

Yahoo News: DeSantis cuts $28 million from disease treatment at Florida prisons as pandemic’s toll worsens

Yahoo News: DeSantis cuts $28 million from disease treatment at Florida prisons as pandemic’s toll worsens. “With the third-highest prison population in the United States, after Texas and California, Florida could be putting its 99,000 prisoners at acute risk of contracting the coronavirus, criminal justice advocates worry. Nevertheless, Gov. Ron DeSantis used his veto powers late last month to excise from the state budget a $28 million initiative to treat prisoners for hepatitis C and the coronavirus.”

Politico: Florida to rescue ‘essential’ online education programs after veto

Politico: Florida to rescue ‘essential’ online education programs after veto. ” ‘Essential’ pieces of a $29.4 million education program vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis will survive and be transferred from the University of West Florida. The emergency rescue, which sidesteps Florida law and suggests that state officials were unprepared for the far-reaching fallout of the veto, was announced by the State University System Board of Governors and UWF just hours before the cuts took hold at midnight Tuesday.”

Politico: DeSantis kills online learning program amid virus resurgence

Politico: DeSantis kills online learning program amid virus resurgence. “With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Ron DeSantis wiped out the entire $29.4 million budget for a suite of online education services that have become critical to students and faculty during the Covid-19 outbreak. The move, barring action before midnight Tuesday, will kill the Complete Florida Plus Program, an array of technology systems that faculty, staff and students throughout Florida rely on, never more so than now, in the midst of a pandemic that has amplified reliance on distance learning. The cuts include a database of online courses and an online library service that provides 17 million books to 1.3 million students, faculty and staff.”

The Guardian: Florida governor under fire over claims state is ‘cooking the books’ on Covid-19

The Guardian: Florida governor under fire over claims state is ‘cooking the books’ on Covid-19. “Republican Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s faltering response to soaring new coronavirus numbers in his state is descending into acrimony, after an accusation his administration is ‘cooking the books’ in an effort to hide the true impact of the devastating pandemic. The claim from the state’s former leading Covid-19 data scientist comes as Florida smashed its own one-day record for new cases of the disease on Friday with 8,942, after two successive days above 5,000 – by far the highest figures since the pandemic began.”

New York Post: Florida gov blames coronavirus rise on ‘overwhelmingly Hispanic’ workers

New York Post: Florida gov blames coronavirus rise on ‘overwhelmingly Hispanic’ workers. “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pointed to clusters of ‘overwhelmingly Hispanic’ day laborers and agriculture workers driving the state’s recent coronavirus spike — but farmworkers and industry associations argue that resources and testing came too late to those communities, according to new reports.”

Coronavirus investigation: DeSantis’ ‘whack-a-mole’ approach fails the frail in nursing homes (Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach Post: Coronavirus investigation: DeSantis’ ‘whack-a-mole’ approach fails the frail in nursing homes. “COVID-19 fatalities linked to elder care centers comprise nearly half of the deaths in Florida and the percentage rises every day. Yet nursing homes and ALF residents and staff comprise only 2 percent of the state’s population. Between April and May, the death toll at nursing homes and ALFs increased nearly 600 percent. By Thursday, COVID-19 deaths of residents and staff had topped 1,000. Mary Mayhew, secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration, said way back on March 16 that ‘timely testing for our elderly and medically frail is mission critical.’ But it took a month after the first Florida cases bubbled up on March 1 before the administration even tried to get a grip on outbreaks by ordering elder-care homes to report their COVID cases to the state.”

Slate: Florida Governor Expands Pandemic Essential Services to Include Professional Wrestling

Slate: Florida Governor Expands Pandemic Essential Services to Include Professional Wrestling. “With the state stay-at-home order in effect until the end of the month, [Florida governor Ron] DeSantis has made the latest in his series of questionable decisions, announcing that WWE—yes, the professional wrestling entertainment behemoth—would now count as an essential service, exempting it from shutdown requirements. The order signed last week applies, technically, to ’employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience—including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production—only if the location is closed to the general public.’ The state lockdown had been in place less than a week at that point.”