Florida hospital ER doctor fired after offering letters exempting children from mask mandate

A Florida doctor has been fired for offering to sell medical letters to parents to exempt their children from school masks.

dr. Brian Warden, an ER doctor from Leon County, posted in a Facebook group called Parents Against Masks telling people to private message him for the letters.

The recently graduated doctor asked $50 to conduct interviews for the signed waivers, the Democrat of Tallahassee reported.

Leon County is one of 10 counties statewide that have defied Government Leader Ron DeSantis’ order to ban mask mandates, where K-8 students are still required to wear face coverings unless they have a medical exemption.

dr.  Brian Warden, an ER doctor from Leon County, posted in a Facebook group called Parents Against Masks telling people to private message him for the letters.

A post in Warden's Facebook group stating that he was acting independently

A post in Warden's Facebook group stating that he was acting independently

dr. Brian Warden, an ER doctor from Leon County, posted in a Facebook group called Parents Against Masks telling people to private message him for the letters.

Students walk from iPrep Academy on the first day of school, Monday, in Miami, Florida.  Leon County is one of 10 counties statewide that have defied Government Leader Ron DeSantis' order to ban mask mandates, where K-8 students are still required to wear face coverings unless they have a medical exemption.

Students walk from iPrep Academy on the first day of school, Monday, in Miami, Florida.  Leon County is one of 10 counties statewide that have defied Government Leader Ron DeSantis' order to ban mask mandates, where K-8 students are still required to wear face coverings unless they have a medical exemption.

Students walk from iPrep Academy on the first day of school, Monday, in Miami, Florida. Leon County is one of 10 counties statewide that have defied Government Leader Ron DeSantis’ order to ban mask mandates, where K-8 students are still required to wear face coverings unless they have a medical exemption.

The Capital Regional Medical Center was contacted about Warden’s actions and said it had severed ties with the doctor.

“We act with absolute integrity in everything we do, and it is our expectation that providers behave in a manner consistent with those values,” said CRMC spokeswoman Rachel Stiles.

“Immediately when we learned of this doctor’s actions, we began the process of removing him from providing services to our hospital patients,” she said.

One of the posts said he was not doing the work associated with a hospital and would be doing the interviews under Dove Field Health, LLC, his own company.

The company was incorporated on July 26, 2021, according to the Florida Secretary of State’s website.

Warden defended his action in a Facebook post, claiming he had the right to act independently as a licensed physician, the Democrat reported.

When asked for comment, he texted the newspaper, “I’m sorry. I can’t say anything.’

It was not clear whether Warden had managed to monetize the venture.

Warden received his medical license on Feb. 15, 2021, according to the Florida Department of Health website.

He graduated from Temple University in May 2018, DOH said.

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates next school year, despite attempts by Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured last week) to make them illegal

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates next school year, despite attempts by Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured last week) to make them illegal

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates next school year, despite attempts by Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured last week) to make them illegal

As Florida cases continue to rise, the state reported a seven-day moving average of 21,706 new cases per day on Saturday.

As Florida cases continue to rise, the state reported a seven-day moving average of 21,706 new cases per day on Saturday.

As Florida cases continue to rise, the state reported a seven-day moving average of 21,706 new cases per day on Saturday.

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates this coming school year — ignoring Governor DeSantis’ order to make face coverings illegal.

Indian River and Sarasota counties joined Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Leon, Alachua, Palm Beach, Orange and Duval to require students to wear masks for the upcoming school year.

According to Florida Department of Education enrollment figures for 2020-21, the 10 counties together make up about 52 percent of the total school population. Last year, 2,791,687 students were enrolled, and those counties’ combined enrollment is more than 1.45 million, according to The Associated Press.

The school’s interim principal in Fort Lauderdale, Sean Curran, said the school’s hands are tied and the administration is following the guidelines of the Broward County school district.

As Florida cases continue to rise, the state last week reported a seven-day moving average of 21,706 new cases per day.

The state also recorded another 1,071 deaths, a daily average of 153, in the health department’s weekly report.

This brings the statewide total to 2,877,214 cases and 40,766 deaths.

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