Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) blamed the Biden administration for COVID-19 woes in his state while accusing other state leaders of allowing “hysteria” to reign as they encourage mitigation measures against the virus that he claimed had little basis in sound science.
“In terms of Florida, you look what’s going on in other states, they’re letting hysteria drive them to doing really damaging things. We thought that people had learned,” DeSantis said during his first news conference in weeks on Monday after record-setting COVID-19 numbers spread across the state last month. “They’re closing schools, they’re doing things that should not be done. That is not the way you deal with this.”
DeSantis, who has routinely promoted monoclonal antibodies since former President Donald Trump credited the treatment for his recovery, said his administration was worried about dwindling supplies, even as several of the approved treatments appear to be less effective in fighting off Omicron.
TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said he’s waiting on the federal government to send COVID-19 treatments to re-establish sites for residents to combat the virus. He also blamed the federal government for a shortage of tests that have led to long lines and runs on at-home testing kits as the omicron variant courses through the state.
“We will turn on additional sites as soon as the federal government gives us the supply,” DeSantis told reporters at a Fort Lauderdale hospital, adding that between 30,000 and 40,000 doses of monoclonal antibody treatments have been pledged. “It’s all locked and loaded; it’s just a matter of the federal government giving us more doses.”
For the first two days of 2022, Florida reported 85,707 new COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations rose to 5,759. Florida’s seven-day average of new cases has sharply increased since Dec. 15 — when it was 3,306 — to 51,873 as of Sunday.