The Florida governor is on his way during a press conference in Miami, where he stressed that the corona virus pandemic was under control.
As Ron DeSantis started to comment, a young man started to trick him and shouted, “People are dying and you’re not doing anything!”
The heckler continued, “You falsify information and you mislead the audience.
“More than 4,000 people have died and you blame the protesters and you do nothing! You should be ashamed!’
DeSantis continued to talk about the heckler as he was removed from the room.
Ron DeSantis was pressured Monday afternoon at a news conference in Miami
The heckler was escorted out of the room and shouted, “Shame on you!”
Thomas Kennedy bragged about satirizing Governor DeSantis and posted the video online
Kennedy, an activist at United We Dream, posted images of himself hindering DeSantis
The heckler, Thomas Kennedy, boasted about the incident on Twitter.
Kennedy is an activist at United We Dream, an immigrant youth-led organization.
DeSantis, a Republican ex-naval officer and federal prosecutor, has come under fire for the exploding coronavirus cases in Florida.
As Donald Trump’s strong ally, DeSantis wholeheartedly endorsed the pressure from the President to reopen soon.
On Monday the Florida Department of Health reported the second highest number of test results received in one day, with 12,624 positive test results and 35 deaths reported to the state in the past 24 hours.
More new cases were confirmed on Monday in Florida than across Europe combined.
Nearly half of Florida’s intensive care units are at least 90 percent full, and more than one in five are completely full, Miami Republican Mayor Francis Suarez said Monday.
“Miami is now the epicenter of the pandemic,” said Lilian Abbo, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Miami Health System.
“What we saw in Wuhan six months ago, now we’re here.”
Florida beat its previous record number of coronavirus cases on Sunday, reporting over 15,000 new positive tests (far right; data for Monday not yet shown)
Despite the sharp rise in coronavirus cases in Florida, the number of daily deaths has continued to fall f
Carlos Gimenez, Republican Mayor of Miami-Dade County, confirmed on Monday that there were 2,000 people in the hospital; 400 in ICU departments; and 200 on fans.
He said the positivity rate for COVID testing in his region was now over 25 percent.
Gimenez instituted a 10pm curfew “to try to cut the rate,” he said.
“We don’t want to overload Miami-Dade hospitals,” he said.
“We have to follow the rules, please. We can lower the contamination level. It is up to us to lower the level, protect each other and protect the economy.
“Because if we don’t, we have to take extra measures and reverse some of the opening we had.”
Despite the record-breaking rise in cases, Florida’s beaches were busy last weekend
Miami Beach was packed on Sunday, with huge crowds drawing to the sandy shores
The latest statewide positivity rate was 11.5 percent, down from nearly 20 percent last week.
A total of 282,435 cases have now been confirmed in Florida, with 4,277 deaths from COVID-19, the state health service said.
Last week, the state reached a new high death toll, but daily fatalities remain much lower than the numbers seen in New York when it was the epicenter of the pandemic.
Despite that somewhat encouraging shift, the U.S. remains the worst-hit country in the world, with over 3.3 million coronavirus cases and over 135,000 deaths.
Hospitals in Miami-Dade County are approaching capacity as the corona virus threatens to flood healthcare.
The stock of remdesivir, the only antiviral drug that has been shown to help coronavirus patients recover faster, is declining in Florida, leaving some hospitals in the state with no effective treatments for their patients.
Last week, Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, offered to send the medication to Florida for a day.
The small shipment was enough to treat 280 patients and act as an emergency stop for Florida on Saturday, while the state waited for the federal government to deliver a brake desivir.
DeSantis said he had personally secured Trump’s new supply of antivirals after vehemently denying that the state needed New York assistance.
DeSantis insisted Monday that there was still sufficient hospital capacity across the state
Cars are seen in line as drivers wait to be tested for COVID-19 on Sunday in Miami Beach
144,000 people were tested on Saturday, he said.
“The entire United States probably didn’t do 144,000 tests in March,” he said.
On Monday afternoon, he said about 85 percent of those tested had negative results.
“We think we’ve stabilized – we think we’re headed in the right direction,” he said.
“As you have seen more cases, we have also seen the death rate drop.
“Right now it’s about 1.5 percent – that’s a fraction of the national average, about 4 percent, and in some states it’s 5-6 percent.”
DeSantis said the testing labs were “supported,” with a seven-day delay in processing tests. He said they increased the test capacity.
But he said “there are many beds available” in the state hospitals.
He said 100 people have been recruited to work in Miami-Dade hospitals, out of 1,000 mobilized to date. Another 1,000 are mobilized.
“Staff is the most important thing I’ve heard from our medical professionals, so we deliver.”
Carlos Migoya, the CEO and President of Jackson Health System, said his staff was under severe pressure.
“We are entering our fifth month with COVID patients, and that makes it very, very difficult for all of our employees – especially the health workers who deal with this on a daily basis,” he said.
“We are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of patients.
“Two or three weeks ago, there were about 200 in the ICs. Now it is 400. “
He said they could handle the extra demand by reducing the number of nonessential operations.
The Florida Republican leadership – the governor and mayor of Miami-Dade – has been strongly criticized by the state’s democrats for not doing enough.
“I hope the governor and mayor come to their senses and work with all of us to act quickly,” said Miami-Dade Democratic Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who hopes to challenge Gimenez as the Republican candidate in the 26th congressional district of Florida. .
“At best, we have a hole in our leadership at the state and federal levels,” said Senator Oscar Braynon.
“A coordinated effort between federal, state and local leaders would have prevented us from breaking the COVID file yesterday.”