The DeSantis Variant is Infecting a Record Number of Florida Children
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Friday, August 13, 2021
This week marked a turning point in Florida’s fight against the coronavirus as schools across the state started classes amidst Governor Ron DeSantis’s reckless disregard for the safety of kids and teachers.
Here is just a sample of the heartbreaking headlines from Florida this week….
“As schools opened Tuesday in 45 out of 67 counties, Florida had the second-highest number of children hospitalized for the treatment of COVID-19 in the nation.”
“These innocents don’t know a thing about politics, but are paying the price because adults like Gov. Ron DeSantis have put politics before children’s health.”
“Florida education commissioner threatens sanctions against county school board if it defies the state’s anti-masking law, even as cases surge.”
“Four teachers in Florida’s Broward county have died from Covid-19 this week as the Delta variant of coronavirus rages in the state amid political rows over mask mandates and vaccination.”
“Ron DeSantis has promised to cut off state funding to any district that forces children to wear face coverings – but some schools are bucking his ultimatum.”
“It’s more than a 600% increase compared with the same time period in June. The health department’s data also shows that pediatric Covid-19 hospitalizations averaged 32 cases a day during the week of 23 July.”
“Two different lawsuits have been filed against Gov. Ron DeSantis over his executive order on masks in schools.”
“Despite the grim numbers, DeSantis has repeatedly doubled down on the fact that he does not want to allow schools to mandate masks for children — even though many students still cannot get a Covid-19 shot. Children under 12 are ineligible for a vaccine.”