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DeSantis refuses to declare state of emergency for COVID -- and it's leaving hospitals short of oxygen: report
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is determined to declare the novel coronavirus pandemic over, even as his state this week shattered its own records for COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.
Bloomberg reports that DeSantis's refusal to re-declare a state of emergency over the pandemic is leaving Florida hospitals scrambling to secure enough oxygen to treat COVID patients who are struggling to breathe.
Essentially, unless DeSantis declares a state of emergency, then there are limits to how long medical support transport drivers can be on the road.
Because hospitals are now getting flooded with COVID-19 patients, this means that there simply are not enough drivers who have enough time to deliver the needed oxygen supplies.
Soumi Saha, vice president of advocacy for hospital supply purchasing group Premier Inc., said that waiving limits on transportation restrictions is the single best way to get oxygen supplies where they're needed.
"Hospitals are fighting with a hand tied behind their back and don't have the same chance that they did when states had the public health emergencies declared," she explained to Bloomberg.
DeSantis has been lashing out in recent days as criticism has mounted of his refusal to do more to fight the pandemic. On Tuesday he accused President Joe Biden of "singling out" his state for its surge in COVID infections, which he baselessly blamed on infected migrants entering the country.
The mother of an alleged MAGA rioter wound up inadvertently getting her son arrested after she boasted about him storming the Capitol on Facebook.
Via Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly, a newly filed criminal complaint alleges that 39-year-old Washington state resident Tyler Slaeker engaged in violent and disorderly conduct while illegally trespassing on restricted grounds during the infamous January 6th riots.
While Slaeker's participation in the riots wasn't very remarkable, the manner in which law enforcement officials discovered him was.
As the complaint explains, Slaeker's mother posted photos that he'd taken from the Capitol on her Facebook page and relayed his descriptions of what he said was going on during the deadly riots.
"They entered the Capitol building -- there is pepper spray going on -- police are shutting down the building now," she said in one post.
Slaeker's mother also tried to claim that the rioters storming the Capitol were largely peaceful, and she said that "[t]he pictures tyler sent of the crowds show normal, middle class, even older crowds" inside the building.
Two people who were friends with Slaeker's mother on Facebook took screen shots of the posts and shared them with law enforcement officials, who proceeded to arrest the alleged MAGA rioter shortly after.
Jen Psaki owns Ron DeSantis after he complains about being 'singled out' — and lays out his deadly record on COVID
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has spent the past several days playing the victim over criticism for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in his state.
Last month Florida accounted for 1 in 5 of every COVID cases in the United States, and this week the state shattered its own records for COVID cases and hospitalizations.
"You know, I'm just sick of this judge – I'm sick of the judgment, the judgmental stuff on some of this stuff, nobody's trying to, to, to get ill here, okay?" DeSantis complained to reporters.
DeSantis' latest complaint is that President Joe Biden is making his state the villain of the COVID crisis.
"Joe Biden has taken to himself to try to single out Florida over COVID," the governor said.
Press secretary Jen Paski responded with actual facts, explaining, "23 percent of new COVID hospitalizations in the U.S are in Florida, and their hospitals are being overwhelmed again. We are doing everything we can to help the people of Florida, and they're stepping up by getting vaccinated – we hope Gov. Ron DeSantis joins us in this fight."
DeSantis has banned mask mandates, vaccine passports and other tools businesses are using to keep down exposure to the virus.
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