As COVID-19 cases rise in Florida, state leaders are at odds over how cases and deaths are tracked. The statistics are used to inform policy decisions, such as the state’s phased reopening.
According to almost 16,000 Floridians have died from the virus to date, according to the Florida Dept. of Health. However, Speaker of the Florida House Jose Oliva has expressed skepticism over this figure. He commissioned his staff to review the reported COVID-19 deaths through late September, casting doubt on the cause of more than 2,000 deaths, claiming the virus was a factor, but not or likely not the cause of death.
Dr. Steven Rosenberg, the past Chair of the Florida Board of Medicine, co-wrote an opinion piece calling on Gov. DeSantis to do more to avoid another spike in cases published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel this week. He also joined us for the discussion.
Audio Postcards From Florida Voters
This year, our partner stations have been amplifying voters’ voices across the state’s crucial I-4 Corridor. Voters are sharing their thoughts on the state of our democracy - in their own words.
Friday, we heard from Michael Weinbaum of Winter Garden. He said the pandemic and how it affects his school-aged kids influences how he looks at government and voting.
Florida Gators Bench Their Football Team
After a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases, the University of Florida Gators benched its entire football team. And they’re not the only ones - colleges across the country are suspending athletics.
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