Human and Health Services Secretary Alex Azar met with DeSantis before the press conference.
"They have massive spikes in places like IL, I mean MI has had a lot of problems - MI is half of Florida's size", he said. "We have about [2,100, ] 2,200 fatalities and we're twice their size".
While the Republican governor emphasized that children are much less likely to face serious consequences from COVID-19, the state now has a growing number of children with "multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children", or MIS-C.
"This virus has a disproportionate impact on the elderly", DeSantis said. An analysis of the state's most current data shows Florida has had roughly 2,100 deaths related to Covid-19 so far, far fewer than NY.
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Afterwards, he will discuss re-opening plans with hospitality and tourism industry leaders - including Florida's phased re-opening plan. As of now, it's unknown how many children currently have the COVID-19 related illness.
The new order, issued late Wednesday, came after the Democrat governor had faced questions from lawmakers in both parties who expressed concerns that non-infected residents were being put at risk. New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, however, has received far better mainstream press coverage than DeSantis, who was lambasted for rolling back some lockdown measures too soon.
"We were the hot spot".
"We've succeeded, and I think that people don't want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative". "If you believe that, I got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you".