Florida airport has virus numbers contradicting Governor
A TSA worker, right, checks a passenger before entering a security screening at Orlando International Airport Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stated Tuesday that 52% of airport employees tested positive for COVID-19 but Phil Brown, CEO of Orlando International Airport, said in a statement Wednesday that last week's rate of positive cases from the 500 workers tested last week was only 0.4%. Photo via AP/John Raoux

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Gov. DeSantis mistakenly said the positivity rate at Orlando International was much higher than it was.

Officials at Florida’s busiest airport said Wednesday that only two workers out of 500 employees tested positive for COVID-19 over three days last week, and 132 employees overall have had the virus since the pandemic began, contradicting remarks Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis made the day before.

DeSantis said at a news conference on Tuesday, while talking about outbreaks around the state in the past week, that an airport in central Florida — which he didn’t identify — had tested 500 workers and that 260 cases had come back positive.

“52% positivity rate on that one,” DeSantis said.

But Phil Brown, CEO of Orlando International Airport, said in a statement Wednesday that last week’s rate of positive cases from the 500 workers tested last week was only 0.4%. His statement was issued to clear up “what can be a confusing mix of data for the traveling public,” he said.

A DeSantis spokesman didn’t respond to an email inquiry on Wednesday.

Since mid-March, 132 workers for the airlines, the car rental companies, the Transportation Security Administration and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at the airport have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Another 128 people who tested positive didn’t work at the airport but had traceable connections to the 132 workers at the airport, Brown said.

“To put it in perspective, the 132 airport employees represent 0.6% of the estimated 22,000 badged employees that work at (the airport) and those infections occurred over a period of roughly 2.5 months,” Brown said.

Florida has more than 82,700 coronavirus cases, including more than 3,000 related deaths.

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Republished with permission from the Associated Press.

Associated Press


One comment

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 17, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Duffus Desantis is just another paranoid delusional goptrump member. Facts are few and far between when you lie!

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