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Florida Democrats call for Gov. DeSantis to enact another stay-at-home order

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Florida Democrats Friday called on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue targeted stay-at-home orders and a statewide mask mandate, insisting that “dramatic, science-based” action was needed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a letter to Mr. DeSantis, 12 congressional Democrats said that “Florida is now the global epicenter of this pandemic,” citing Sunday’s record 15,000 positive test results, increasing patient loads at hospital intensive-care units, and 90-plus deaths per day for the past week.

“There is no doubt that issuing a stay-at-home order is a difficult decision,” said the letter. “Closing the economy again would be painful, but that pain pales in comparison to the tragedy of losing thousands more Floridians, of watching our loved ones suffer through debilitating illness and possibly life-long health issues, or worse, watching over a phone screen as they die alone in a strained hospital system.”

The Democrats called for targeted shutdowns “in parts of the state where the outbreak is raging,” particularly in South Florida.

In a video press conference, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz said that the “governor needs to do his damn job,” while Rep. Ted Deutch said the governor’s approach was “producing disastrous results for Floridians,” according to the

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