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Mon Dec 14, 2020, 11:44 AM

DeSantis refused to disclose White House coronavirus report that contradicts him

The report said state officials should take urgent action to slow the spread of COVID-19. The governor has declined to do so.

White House Coronavirus Task Force report about the state of the pandemic in Florida made public Saturday urges state leaders to take immediate action to slow the virusí spread. Officials should close or severely limit indoor dining, limit capacity at bars and issue stronger policies around mask wearing, the report states.

Those are the same public health measures that Gov. Ron DeSantis has publicly assailed for months as ineffective. While he was making the case for no new business restrictions, DeSantisí office refused to publicize reports from the task force which recommended a more robust public response.

The Dec. 6 report, which was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, is one in a series of weekly reports which the governorís office has refused to regularly provide news organizations. The Tampa Bay Times began last month to request the reports dating back to Nov. 15. It has not received any reports from the governorís office.

Earlier this week, the Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel sued the governorís office to release the reports. The governorís office had not released any of the weekly reports issued during the month of November, the suit alleged.


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