The governor of Florida was heckled at a press conference in Miami where he stressed that the coronavirus pandemic was under control.
As Ron DeSantis began his remarks, a young man started heckling him, shouting, “People are dying and you are doing nothing!”
The rowdy continued: “You are falsifying information and misleading the public.
“More than 4,000 people died and you blame the demonstrators and you do nothing! Shame on you!’
DeSantis continued to speak over the rowdy as he was removed from the room.
Ron DeSantis was heckled Monday afternoon at a press conference in Miami
The rowdy was escorted out of the room, yelling, “Shame on you! “
Thomas Kennedy bragged about heckling Governor DeSantis and posted the video
Kennedy, an activist from United We Dream, published the images of heckling himself DeSantis
The rowdy, Thomas Kennedy, bragged about the incident on Twitter.
Kennedy is an activist with United We Dream, an organization led by immigrant youth.
DeSantis, a former Republican naval officer and federal prosecutor, has been criticized for the explosive number of coronavirus cases in Florida.
A strong ally of Donald Trump, DeSantis wholeheartedly endorsed the President’s efforts to reopen quickly.
On Monday, the Florida Department of Health reported the second highest number of test results received in a day, with 12,624 positive results and 35 deaths reported to the state in the past 24 hours.
Florida had more new cases confirmed on Monday than all of Europe combined.
Nearly half of Florida’s intensive care units are at least 90% full, and more than one in five are completely full, Miami Republican Mayor Francis Suarez said on Monday.
“Miami is now the epicenter of the pandemic,” said Lilian Abbo, an infectious disease specialist in the health care system at the University of Miami.
“What we saw in Wuhan six months ago, we are there now. “
Florida smashed record number of coronavirus cases on Sunday, reporting more than 15,000 new positive tests (far right; Monday data not yet posted)
Despite the large increase in coronavirus cases in Florida, the number of daily deaths has continued to decrease f
Carlos Gimenez, the Republican mayor of Miami-Dade County, confirmed Monday that there were 2,000 people at the hospital; 400 in intensive care services; and 200 on the fans.
He said the COVID test positivity rate in his region was now over 25%.
Gimenez instituted a curfew at 10 p.m. “to try to lower the rate,” he said.
“We don’t want to overload Miami-Dade hospitals,” he said.
“We have to follow the rules, please.” We can lower the level of contagion. It is up to us to reduce the level, to protect each other and to protect the economy.
“Because if we don’t, we’ll have to take additional action and cancel part of the opening we had. “
Despite record increase in case numbers, Florida beaches were crowded last weekend
Miami Beach was crowded on Sunday, with huge crowds on the sandy shores
The latest statewide positivity rate was 11.5%, down from almost 20% last week.
There are now a total of 282,435 confirmed cases in Florida, with 4,277 deaths related to COVID-19, said the state health department.
Last week, the state hit a new high number of deaths, but its daily deaths remain far below the numbers seen in New York, when it was the epicenter of the pandemic.
Despite this somewhat encouraging change, the United States remains the most affected country in the world, with more than 3.3 million cases of coronavirus and more than 135,000 deaths.
Miami-Dade County hospitals are now approaching capacity as the coronavirus threatens to flood the healthcare system.
Stocks of remdesivir, the only antiviral drug shown to help coronavirus patients recover faster, are dwindling in Florida, leaving some state hospitals with no effective treatment for their patients.
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed to send a day of medication to Florida.
The small shipment was enough to treat 280 patients and act as a stopping point for Florida on Saturday, while the state awaited delivery of remdesivir from the federal government.
DeSantis said he had personally obtained the new supply of Trump’s antiviral, after vehemently denying that the state needed help from New York.
DeSantis stressed Monday that there is a lot of hospital capacity across the state
Cars seen online as drivers wait to be tested for COVID-19 on Sunday in Miami Beach
On Saturday, 144,000 people were tested, he said.
“The entire United States was probably not doing 144,000 tests in March,” he said.
On Monday afternoon, he said that about 85% of those tested had negative results.
“We think we have stabilized – we think we are going in the right direction,” he said.
“As you have seen more cases, we have also seen the death rate go down.
“Right now it’s about 1.5% – it’s a fraction of the national average, about 4%, and in some states it’s 5-6%. “
DeSantis said the test labs were “backed up” with a delay of seven days in processing the tests. He said they were increasing the testing capacity.
But he said “there are a lot of beds available” in state hospitals.
According to him, 100 people have been forced to work in Miami-Dade hospitals, out of 1,000 mobilized so far. A thousand additional people are being mobilized.
“Staff is the first thing I heard from our healthcare professionals, so we deliver.”
Carlos Migoya, CEO and president of Jackson Health System, said his staff were under intense pressure.
“We are entering our fifth month of COVID patients, which makes it very, very difficult for all of our employees – especially the healthcare workers who deal with this daily,” he said.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients.
“Two to three weeks ago, it was about 200 in the ICU. Now it’s 400. ‘
He said they were meeting the additional demand by reducing the number of non-essential surgeries.
Republican leaders in Florida – the governor and mayor of Miami-Dade – have come under fire from Democrats in the state for not doing enough.
“I hope the governor and the mayor will wake up and work with all of us to act quickly,” said Miami-Dade democratic representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, whom Gimenez hopes to challenge as the Republican candidate for the 26th Congress in Florida. .
“At best, we have a hole in our leadership at the state and federal levels,” said Democratic Senator Oscar Braynon.
“A coordinated effort between federal, state and local leaders would have prevented us from breaking the COVID case record yesterday. “