Florida AG Ashley Moody tests positive for COVID days after flying to Texas with Governor Ron DeSantis

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced she tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, just four days after flying to Texas to visit the Mexico border with Governor Ron DeSantis.

Moody, a Republican, was vaccinated against the virus earlier this year and said she is experiencing only mild symptoms in her statement on Twitter.

“I received a COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year and tested positive for the virus today. Fortunately, I only experience mild symptoms and my family is in good health,” Moody, 46, tweeted.

“While I remain in quarantine myself, I want to encourage Floridians to be vigilant about their health.”

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced she tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, just four days after flying to Texas to visit the border with Mexico.

Moody, a Republican, was vaccinated against the virus earlier this year and said she is experiencing only mild symptoms in her statement on Twitter.

Moody, a Republican, was vaccinated against the virus earlier this year and said she is experiencing only mild symptoms in her statement on Twitter.

Moody and Gov.  Ron DeSantis visited Texas for a press conference with Gov.  Greg Abbott on Border Security

Moody and Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Texas for a press conference with Gov. Greg Abbott on Border Security

Moody had traveled with DeSantis and Wilton Simpson, the Florida Senate president, on a government plane to the Del Rio border town on July 17 for a border security press conference with Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott.

While there, Moody interacted with a number of Texas officials, including Texas embattled AG Ken Paxton.

DeSantis, who received a COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year, has not yet commented on news of Moody’s positive test.

He attended a town hall Wednesday night over protests in Cuba with Senator Marco Rubio and Fox News host Sean Hannity where no one was masked or taking social distancing, the Miami Herald reported.

Meanwhile, Simpson tested positive for COVID-19 last December and Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been vaccinated.

DeSantis has remained committed to preventative measures against the spread of the virus, even as a new wave of the coronavirus grips his state.

According to data from the CDC, Florida now leads the nation in the latest seven-day numbers for COVID case numbers.

8,988 new cases have been reported in Florida with a total of 56,746 cases in the past seven days. Florida has seen a total of 2,439,814 cases during the pandemic.

Last week, a federal court voted to uphold a judge’s decision that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cannot enforce rules for COVID cruise ships after July 18.

The CDC win came after the state of Florida sued the agency, claiming that restrictions on the cruise industry during the pandemic effectively blocked most cruises — hurting the state’s livelihood.

Earlier this month, the CDC asked a federal appeals court to postpone the June 18 ruling by U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday after ruling in Florida’s favor.

The CDC first stopped sailing cruise ships in March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which had affected passengers and crew on numerous ships.

Then, on October 30, the CDC imposed a four-stage conditional framework that would allow the industry to gradually resume operations if certain thresholds were met.

Judge Merryday wrote in a 124-page decision last month that Florida would suffer damage if the CDC order, which the state said effectively blocked most cruises, was continued.

The Tampa-based judge issued a preliminary injunction that prevented the CDC from executing the injunction pending further legal action in a broader Florida lawsuit.

“This injunction establishes that Florida is most likely to prevail on the allegation that the CDC’s conditional navigation order and executive orders exceed the authority delegated to the CDC,” Merryday wrote.

Merryday’s decision meant that the CDC could not enforce those rules on Florida-based ships and would be considered only non-binding recommendations or guidelines, but the effect of his order was delayed until July 18.

DeSantis said in a statement following Merryday’s ruling that the framework imposed heavy bureaucratic demands on the industry.

Last week, a federal court voted to uphold a judge's decision, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cannot enforce rules for COVID cruise ships after July 18.

Last week, a federal court voted to uphold a judge’s decision, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cannot enforce rules for COVID cruise ships after July 18.

He condemned such demands, including a “vaccine passport” for passengers and for cruise ships to undergo a simulated journey before boarding passengers.

“The CDC has always been wrong, and they knew it,” DeSantis said.

Moody also praised the decision in a statement at the time of Merryday’s ruling.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for the hardworking Floridians whose livelihoods depend on the cruise industry,” Moody said.

“The federal government does not, and should never have, the power to pick and lock an entire industry indefinitely.”

Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean have been gearing up to return to sailing under the CDC’s four-tier framework.

Meanwhile, however, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings — one of the world’s largest cruise lines — is suing the state of Florida to end its vaccine passport ban — claiming they help the company sail “safe and sound.”

The company claims the ban violates federal law and rules set forth by the CDC, USA today reported.

“The health and safety of cruise passengers, crew and the communities we visit remains the top priority for members of CLIA cruise lines,” said Laziza Lambert, spokeswoman for the trade group Cruise Lines International Association.

“Cruise ships are well on their way to providing the traveling public with a high level of COVID-19 mitigation.”

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