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Florida Governor DeSantis clashes with President Biden as state faces mounting COVID-19 surge

Florida now has greater than 12,000 hospital sufferers with the coronavirus — the very best quantity because the begin of the pandemic. Schools are about to open within the state, and the governor says new COVID necessities are out of the question.

Inside Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County, ICU beds are as soon as once more filling up quick, CBS News’ Manuel Bojorquez studies.

“It has gone up 400% in the last six weeks,” stated Aurelio Fernandez, the president and CEO of Memorial, which not too long ago added 266 beds to maintain up with demand.

Hospitals are additionally going through staffing shortages. Sixty % of hospitals within the state may see a essential staffing scarcity throughout the subsequent week, in keeping with the Florida Hospital Association.   

President Biden referred to as out hot-spot governors this week, together with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for failing to implement restrictions, together with masks mandates in colleges. 

“If you’re not going to help, at least get out of the way of people trying to do the right thing,” Mr. Biden stated on Tuesday.

DeSantis signed an executive order late final week barring faculty districts from forcing college students to masks up, regardless of steerage from the CDC saying masks must be required of everybody inside Ok-12 colleges. He signed it to “protect parents’ freedom to choose” whether or not their kids put on masks in colleges.   

DeSantis stated of the president on Wednesday, “He thinks that should be a decision for the government, well I can tell ya in Florida, the parents are gonna be the ones in charge of that decision.”

The governor argued throughout a press convention in Panama City that Mr. Biden’s immigration insurance policies are chargeable for the COVID surge, claiming, with none proof, that undocumented immigrants are inflicting the virus to unfold.

“Why don’t you get this border secure, and until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you,” DeSantis stated of the president.  

The rise of COVID of Florida is due to the highly-contagious delta variant, and due to permissive conduct, stated CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus.

“With low vaccination rates and … going out without masks and in large groups you’re going to get significant spread of the virus, period,” he stated.

The surge in infections within the state contains kids. As of Wednesday, 135 kids beneath 18 in Florida had been hospitalized with COVID, the very best it is ever been.     

John Moreno Escobar, who’s working for the Broward County School Board and whose son, Luca, will start first grade this year, stated, “the minimum we could do to protect all of the people who decided to get vaccinated or not is to put our mask on, even if we’re vaccinated.”

He believes it is as much as mother and father to persuade those that are hesitant.

“We are protecting others by putting the mask on,” he stated. “Putting a mask is protecting the life of someone else, and life is sacred and we should protect it all as a community.”