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Local Health Care Professionals Call on Governor Ron DeSantis to Issue Statewide Mandate on Masks

The N95 respirator that is an essential element of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who are treating COVID-19 patients.
Carl Juste
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Jackson Health Care System union officials and healthcare professionals will host a press conference today demanding that Governor Ron DeSantis issue a statewide mask mandate.  Doctors and nurses at Jackson Health Care are also launching a public awareness campaign to urge Miami-Dade residents and all Floridians to wear masks.

In a press release, SEIU 1991, the union at Jackson Health Care System said it's critical that the state follow health restrictions including putting in place a face mask requirement to control the crisis.  

SEIU 1991 represents more than 5,000 nurses, doctors and health care professionals at Jackson Health Care System.

Miami-Dade has become the new epicenter of coronavirus with over 100,000 positive cases, and Florida cases are now surpassing New York.

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