Ron DeSantis jabs Andrew Cuomo over New York nursing home deaths
Ron DeSantis.

Ron DeSantis
Governors continue long-distance spat.

The ongoing war of words continued Saturday between the Governors of Florida and New York, with Gov. Ron DeSantis jabbing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over a quarantine threat.

“Governors have prerogative to do what they need to do. If that is done, please don’t quarantine Floridians in nursing homes in New York,” DeSantis told reporters in Tallahassee during a rare Saturday press conference.

Over 6,300 Empire State elders have perished in New York nursing homes, after Cuomo ordered COVID-19 positives back into facilities. Cuomo has said concern about this is simply “a shiny object … pure politics.”

DeSantis’ comments, “pure politics” or otherwise, came days after a widely reported Cuomo rumination on quarantining Floridians who go to New York in light of the state’s escalation in COVID-19 cases.

“If you went to Florida, you had to quarantine for two weeks because they were afraid that New Yorkers were bringing the virus to their state,” Cuomo, a Democrat, said Thursday. “You want to talk about a full 180. Fast forward 100 days, now we’re afraid they’re bringing the virus to our state.”

Indeed, one of Florida Gov. DeSantis‘ signature moves to stem the virus earlier in the Spring was an attempt to impose a 14-day quarantine on travelers from the Empire State to the Sunshine State.

“That’s the only way we can be sure that that virus is not going to be reintroduced in the state of Florida and then spread,” the first-term Republican Governor said in March.

Throughout much of the Spring, New York struggled with getting coronavirus in check even as Florida seemed to be succeeding, and the Governor advanced a narrative of defeating the virus, one trumpeted by conservative media.

In a piece in National Review, an unidentified source was used to vent on DeSantis’ behalf.

“I don’t want to cast aspersions on others, but it is incredible to me, it’s shocking that Governor Cuomo [and others] are able to kind of just avoid real questions about their policies early on to actually send individuals into the nursing home, which is completely counter to the real data,” said a “health official.”


Regardless of those attempts at narrative setting, New York and Florida are headed in opposite directions.

Cuomo crowed Wednesday that New York had a 0.9% rate of positive tests.

Florida, conversely, continues to set new records for raw numbers of positive tests, with the percentage of positives soaring, nearing 13% Friday.

Models delineate further challenges for Florida, presenting potential challenges to a Governor who has vowed to open up the state again even as it’s becoming clear that the flattening of the coronavirus curve proved elusive after all.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Margaret Ann Blustine

    June 20, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    De santis deflecting florida from real disaster of surging out of control virus in florida. Nursing homes etc …Cuomo suceeded with hard work fighting virus to bringing ny down to almost no new cases. While de santis truth is florida has huge surging cases.despite de santis lies hospitalazations riding daily straight up since june 3 to record daily now. More people being tested DOES NOT CHANGE RECORD DAILY SURGING cases AND IMPORTANT!!! DAILY INCREASES IN SICK “BEING HOSPITALIZED ” for over 2 weeks every single day more than previous day hospitalized and still happening. Not prisons not farm workers.lies easily proven.
    De santis now causing 20 percent of
    Total of americas new cases daily. 4000 just in florida. 20000 whole nation.That’s huge percent of new cases of 50 states. His Testing numbers show no big increases certainly not 2 straight weeks. America under trump is now 28 percent deaths of entire world aND 27 percent of whole worlds cases with just 330 million population of 7.8 billion world.america under trump is 2.8 million cases adding 20000 more daily because trump doing nothing to stop virus destroying santis doing nothing to stop virus spreading in florida. Both continue to CAUSE MORE SPREADING BY NOT STRICT LOCKDOWN PAY PEOPLE STOP VIRUS. GREAT AMERICA CAN’T DO SUCCESSFULLY WHAT MANY OTHER GOVERNMENTS DID BECAUSE TRUMP WOULDNT. WONT.DE SANTIS NOT LOCKING DOWN REALLY INSTEAD OF TOO LOOSE CAUSED FLORIDA MAY 4 STILL BE RISING UNSAFE OPEN.HE DOING IT ANYWAY. WORSE COUNTRY CATASTROPHE WORSE state of Florida catastrophe.his refusal still to protect do right actions lying constantly florida economy crash in 4 weeks. His own tests numbers less. His own cases hospitalizations higg steady daily increasing. 1438 highest record cases till he opened virus spreading state.hospitalizations doubled tripled now since
    beginning.yetc he blatantly tells lies.reality says to both him and trump made bad deadly decisions that have ruined america and florida on a runaway train of destruction compared to rest of world. Ny fixed it. Trump wont.ignores santis wont.lies about long will americans let them continue to liberate us into daily hell.freedom isn’t not getting rightful unemployment.freedom isn’t getting sick dying.freedom isn’t standing for first time in miles long food lines. Trump took away our freedom and quality of life in 3 months. De santis copying track of destruction.neither see where its headed in their total focus on total crash of nation and florida’s happening.neither bother to fix it like ny did. Florida will never recover from de santis lying assault on it because trump nor him want spend money to stop santis and trump both broke orders law for de santis and cdc fedl safe open guidelines.broke law go to jail.every day another desantis lie hiding from us.people need demand public forum impeach him for lies destroying us daily intentionally. De santis should be removed by class action for defrauding florida based on his own numbers.killing not paying lying. Close down pay’s fedl money mostly for unemployment.trump by fedl law must pay it.not santis not demanding it.chooses to say go to work get sick die.19 other states low 400 or less putting back some to save santis broken record saying won’t close again as newly opened businesses closing fast because sick workers ongoing.remember masks do not keep anyone from getting virus and a little helps not spread. Because de santis downplayed serious virus high even as he opened he caused people not take seriously either. Trumps and de santis loose casual nonactions responses and words created worst catastrophenemy in our nation’s opposite damage than if did strict lockdown early like successful countries AND STATES. de santis doing opposite to save florida for trump. That’s obvious. And deadly.he’s acting like a corrupt one note deadly ongoing dictator.speak up.lockdown.ny did.won.we deserve same moral chance.demand it.trump under fedl law must pay bulk of unemployment all states.sue for it class action.impeach de santis for deliberate fraudulent lies that destroyed purchase quality of life and will end with total destruction.sue him.

  • Margaret Ann Blustine

    June 20, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    De santis talking old news to Cuomo trump style.Cuomo fixed ny. De santis making florida worse santis joke told ny incoming quarantine 2 weeks.he didn’t enforce it or check.nobody santis like trump is all mouth no work to fix. Doesn’t even follow his own executive open order rules. Ignores them to open look what’s happening. De santis and trump fat on food we stand in lines hoping to get. Live in mansions while both full of excuses we can’t get fedl law unemployment santis face should be smacked off tv with in our face daily lies.dictator says whole he caused surging to 4000 daily cases won’t close.local leaders close get fedl owed pay for us under fedl law and tell de santis dictator you are going to save your counties and cities. Act now.masks not enough too late.he’s a deadly dictatorship.Obama because you let him be.tell him go to hell.demand under fedl law from trump rightfully owed bulk of unemployment and close now.before closing happens more due to runaway virus.lockdown no jogging hiking as spreads virus defeato lockdown.or cities counties santis own numbers show how wrong he is.a dictator is allowed only if you allow it.dont. he’s killing florida. Bullies can’t keep bullying if you do right local actions now let de santis lying face go to hell he’s creating in cities and florida. You know he’s lying.his own numbers proves bald faced shyster lying.daily. Trump sue him for fedl unemployment it’s fedl law. Masks won’t help young people believe de santis downplaying so caused huge surging.local leaders must save them despite themselves and all santis now referring to trump playback old CRAP to avoid answering to what they created in nation and florida now. Media quotes his sneaky tactics don’t have to. Cuomo fixed ny. Why doesn’t de santis because he’s keeping our fedl money to offset taxxoo revenues lying to us.isn’t demanding our bulk of fedl unemployment paid from trump.prefers to kill us our families our jobs our state. Local leaders do the moral thing.hospitalizations rising steadily straight up since june 2 now alarming. De santis test only 6 percent whole state.blacks can’t get supplies.find moral conscience close down.economy crashing anyway worse than closing now save some. Hire lawyers sue trump and de santis for lack of rightful unemployment from fedl law during national emergency. Trump diverting to his campaign donors as is de santis. 2 con men local leaders stop being’s deadly.close down.enforce it.other stares did.5000 fines a few got Alaska then people obeyed laws and survived. America is law and order.yet de santis and trump both flout it to cheat us. Ignore the 2 dictators like other local will be praised for it like they are. In the end stopping virus spread only way save any economy.they don’t get do. Act now without fear.that’s what leaders do.we support you

  • Simon

    June 21, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Desantis is trying to kill us all!

    • jon

      June 22, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Hopefully just demoRATS lol

      • P. M.

        June 24, 2020 at 5:45 pm

        No, trumpsters.

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 21, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Not even in your dreams duffus Desantis will you ever be a “Cuomo “! Duffus Desantis Florida is on the path to be the epicenter of covid! You stupid imbecile! Resign duffus Desantis! You are just like the goptrump cult sociopath racist sexist liar leader Trump! May god have mercy on your soul Desantis!

  • Gary Howard

    June 21, 2020 at 11:29 am

    I know it’s hard to deal with numbers, but let’s try. Yesterday, New York reported 67 COVID-19 deaths. Florida had 43. In Right-Wing Republican land, 67 is more than 43. How stupid. Oh, and to date (since the Earth cooled), Florida, with a larger population than New York’s, has suffered a total of 3,107 COVID-19 deaths in the entire State. Over twice that many New York nursing home residents DIED IN THEIR BEDS (together with an uncounted number who at least making it out the front door before dying–I guess some nursing homes didn’t get the signal not to call 911). Again, stupid, “duffus” Republicans like DeSantis doesn’t even realize how badly Florida is doing in the race with New York to kill off its elderly and benefit those who contribute to his reelection campaign. Say what you will about Andrew Cuomo, when the chips were down way back in March, he slipped immunity for nursing homes into his last-second budget proposal on page 347 (according to the [Right-wing rag] New York Times “quietly”] as payback for $2 million in campaign cash back in 2018. DeSantis? He got nothing. What a “Duffus.”

    Now I know all I’m talking about are emotions, not “science” like all you really smart Democrats. Tell me, how did you all get to scientific-like and smart?

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 21, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Studying and facts. Sir how you get to be so stupid? Just comes natural for y’all! Time will tell!

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