Joe Biden to DeSantis: ‘Floridians deserve science-based action’ against coronavirus

In other words, no more malarkey.

Joe Biden to DeSantis: ‘Floridians deserve science-based action’ against coronavirus
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Joe Biden is accusing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis of dragging his feet in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"This deadly pandemic does not discriminate along party lines, zip codes, gender, race and certainly not state, county or city lines," said the former Vice President and Democratic presidential primary front-runner in a statement on Wednesday. 

Biden also accused DeSantis of ignoring public health officials and urged him to order a statewide stay-at-home order, similar to New York and Ohio.

"In this moment of growing uncertainty and anxiety, Floridians want — and deserve — to hear from the public health officials leading the charge," said Biden. "To get through this, we need our leaders to listen to the public health experts and their guidance. The stakes are too high to wait any longer.

"While other large states continue to take strong, urgent, and sweeping action to stop the spread of COVID-19, Florida has not," he continued. "I urge Governor DeSantis to let the experts speak to the public and explain why this is the case." 

The Florida governor has been under intense pressure from the public and local officials to order a statewide stay-at-home order, but has pushed back calling them “unrealistic.” On Tuesday, DeSantis ordered anyone in the state who has traveled to the greater New York City area over the past three weeks to self-isolate for 14 days. He also urged people 65 years and older to stay inside over the next two weeks. 

“Floridians deserve science-based action from Gov. Ron DeSantis," said Biden in the statement. “While other large states continue to take strong, urgent, and sweeping action to stop the spread of COVID-19, Florida has not.”

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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