Rep. Donna Shalala Calls for Statewide Mandatory Mask Order and Stay-at-Home Order to Fight Pandemic


Today, Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27) issued the following statement after Florida reported more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 – the highest single day total of new infections in any state since the beginning of the pandemic:


“This weekend’s reports confirm that Florida is now an epicenter of this global pandemic. Governor DeSantis cannot continue to deny science as our hospitals are being overwhelmed.  I urge Governor DeSantis to issue statewide mandatory mask and stay-at-home orders lasting a minimum of twenty-one days to prevent this outbreak from spiraling further out of control.


“This is a difficult decision, but if the Governor does not act immediately and aggressively to starve this virus, he will soon see thousands more die on his watch. Floridians are in desperate need of leadership – if Governor DeSantis cannot make these hard decisions in times of crisis, he should have never run for public office.”

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