From March of this year in Politico:
FLORIDA MAN — Ron DeSantis wants you to know how well he has done.
“We’ve had tremendous success,” the Republican governor of Florida said recently at a vaccine site in Sumterville in the central part of the state when I caught up with him while reporting for this week’s POLITICO Magazine Friday Cover, which we published early for Nightly readers.
“Really good numbers,” he said in front of the pharmacy in the back of a Jacksonville Walgreens.
And just today he hosted like-minded experts in Tallahassee to help him crow and then headed to Panama City for a (very brief) press conference. He all but gloated.
“It’s interesting. Now you’re starting to see some of the mainstream and national media admit: Oh, Florida had schools open — it was the right decision. Oh, Florida has a 4.8 unemployment rate — and yet their mortality rate for Covid is less than a lot of these lockdown states,” he said. “People were saying Florida was going to end up hit the worst on everything.” But Florida’s way? His way? “That’s proven to be a better approach.”
And today’s Florida news: Florida requests 300 ventilators from federal government as COVID cases keep rising
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the state of Florida requested 300 ventilators from the federal government, according to a Department of Health and Human Services planning document obtained by ABC News.
The request was made on Friday “to replace expended state stores,” the document said.
The ventilators were expected to be delivered on Monday, though it was not said how they will be allocated.
It comes as doctors are stressed and hospitals are tapped for resources, their beds continuing to fill with unvaccinated patients infected with the virus.
“The nurses, the physicians, they have passed burnout a long time ago,” said Dr. Joshua Lenchus, Broward Health’s chief medical officer. “This is sheer exhaustion”