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White House COVID Report Contradicts DeSantis' Approach On Public Health Measures

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks July 11 during a COVID-19 press conference at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office refused to publicize reports from the White House task force, which recommended a more robust public response.

A White House Coronavirus Task Force report about the state of the pandemic in Florida made public Saturday urges state leaders to take immediate action to slow the virus’ spread.

A White House Coronavirus Task Force report about the state of the pandemic in Florida made public Saturday urges state leaders to take immediate action to slow the virus’ spread, according to the Miami Herald.

Officials should close or severely limit indoor dining, limit capacity at bars and issue stronger policies around mask wearing, the White House report states.

Those are the same measures Gov. Ron DeSantis has publicly assailed for months as ineffective. While he was making the case for no new business restrictions, DeSantis’ office refused to publicize reports from the task force which recommended a more robust public response.

The Dec. 6 report, which was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, is one in a series of weekly reports which the governor’s office has refused to regularly provide news organizations.

The Miami Herald has not received any of these reports from the governor’s office.
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