Florida Democratic Party Chair Calls on Governor DeSantis to Issue Stay-at-home Order to Flatten the Coronavirus Curve

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released a statement asking Governor Ron DeSantis to listen to the medical experts and issue a stay-at-home order to quell the spread of coronavirus in the Sunshine State. This is not a partisan strategy: seventeen states have employed this critical measure to fight the pandemic, including several Republican governors. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried called for a shelter-in-place order last week.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo: 

“Our state is in trouble and we need to slow the spread of this virus before our healthcare system drowns in a wave of critically sick patients. I’m asking Governor DeSantis to please respect the science, listen to our medical experts, and issue a statewide stay-at-home order immediately.”

Health experts are clear: social distancing is critical for slowing the spread of this virus and preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients battling COVID-19. As reported in POLITICO, Howard Koh, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and former top Obama administration public health official stated, “With cases and deaths rising by the day, the country must double down, not lighten up, on social distancing and related measures.”

Tampa Bay Times: Florida lagged behind dozens of states on coronavirus restrictions
New York Times: Trump Considers Reopening Economy, Over Health Experts’ Objections
Washington Post: Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”
Politico: Health officials want Trump to ‘double down, not lighten up’ restrictions

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