Governor DeSantis holds briefing in Orlando regarding COVID-19

Reporter: Sydney Persing
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Gov. DeSantis holds a briefing on the coronavirus – April 1, 2020 (WINK News)

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference Tuesday regarding COVID-19 at Orlando Health Regional Medical Center.

DeSantis was joined by medical professionals to discuss the recent spikes in coronavirus cases in the state.

At one point, they asserted that the spike in cases is not the result of loosening the state’s Safer at Home order but is the result of younger people no longer utilizing social distancing and larger crowds gathering together.

Doctor Sunil Desai, Senior Vice President of Orlando Health said, “It’s on the social side. It’s hard to get folks to do what we need them to do.”

Doctor George Ralls, Senior Vice President and Cheif Medical Officer for Orlando Health, echoed, “Where we’re letting the guards down is the pool parties the social gatherings or the places we are not thinking about transmission not wearing our masks not social distancing.”

The doctors also believe businesses have more incentive to make sure owners and employees follow the rules because of the state’s restrictions than regular citizens. “19 there’s someone to answer to. So those employees when they’re at work behave pretty well,” said Dr. Desai.

But if businesses ignore capacity restrictions, DeSantis says the state will take away their business licenses.

Gov. DeSantis also said there will not be a statewide mandate on wearing masks.

You can watch the briefing below:

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