‘It’s not all tied to testing’: Rick Scott warns Floridians that COVID-19 surge is real
Sen. Rick Scott

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Coronavirus cautions from Senator Scott.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott discussed the state’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases Monday morning, a topic he’s been compelled to address more of late.

With daily record case counts commonplace in recent days, the former two-term Governor sounded caution about the virus, by no means resolved.

“Some might be tied to testing but it’s clearly not all tied to testing,” the Senator said on CNBC’s Squawk Box Monday morning.

“We clearly haven’t beat it. I think everybody is concerned when they read about the number of cases being up. The deaths aren’t growing like that, so that’s a positive.” Scott said.

When asked if there was a possibility for deaths to catch up to the surge in cases, the Senator demurred.

“You sure hope not,” Scott said, adding that “so far” the health care system has handled the surge.

“We clearly haven’t beat it. We’ve got to keep focusing … we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Scott said, noting the potential of the disease surging in places that may have thought they’d beaten the coronavirus.

“I hope we can stop this and it doesn’t come back in places where we’ve seen a downturn,” Scott added.

The Senator also weighed in on the ongoing feud between the current Florida Governor and the Governor of New York, who floated the idea of quarantining travelers from Florida because of COVID-19 fears.

While Gov. Ron DeSantis quipped that Gov. Andrew Cuomo shouldn’t sequester Floridians in “nursing homes,” a reference to an order earlier in the spring to release COVID discharges back to long-term care facilities, Scott steered clear of the personal attack.

“Every Governor’s got to figure out how to keep everybody … they’re responsible for the people of their state,” Scott said. “I think Gov. Cuomo’s got to make a decision about how you keep people safe and at the same time how you reopen your economy.”

Indeed, tough decisions loom, both for parents deciding whether to send their children to schools in the fall, and for potential travelers to the Republican National Convention.

“August is going to be a tough choice month for a lot of people,” Scott said about school reopening, which is a “tough job to figure out.”

“Masks at recess” was one potential precaution he endorsed.

Likewise, Scott sounded a note of caution regarding the Republican National Convention.

“I like everything to be in Florida but we have to do it safely,” Scott said, offering yet another rebuke to the idea of a 2016 style convention with attendees shoulder to shoulder and not wearing masks.

“Let’s try to get back to normal as fast as possible but do it safely so we don’t have an uptick of cases,” Scott added.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


2 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Hush rick you do not care about Floridians or any humans. ! No RNC convention!

  • martin

    June 23, 2020 at 7:18 am

    This Wuhan virus is the strangest virus I’ve ever heard of. It’s very dangerous the way it spreads. It is so mysterious the way it lurks in schools but then dies at Home Depot. It can wreak havoc in churches; praying people are exceptionally vulnerable! Although it’s mind-boggling how it vanishes when people stand close together holding signs, destroying businesses, homes, property, monuments, etc. Yet, standing to watch a marathon or a concert triggers its wrath.

    It is sneaky. It can spread when buying clothes at Kohl’s but not at Target. It is non-alcoholic. It can’t spread when you are buying beer. It lives for two days on Amazon boxes, you must wait 48 hours to touch them but It can’t survive on Dunkin Donuts coffee cups, so enjoying a hot cup of joe is safe. It is the most curious thing, how it lives on basketballs, baseball bats, and ballet bars, but dies on WWE ropes and Walmart shopping carts. It is spread by hairstylists, dog groomers, and dentists, but not by bank tellers, cashiers, and fast-food workers.

    It’s so smart. It won’t bother the first 10 people but it knows when the 11th person shows up so be careful if that’s you. It even knows what you want vs what you need. If you want a massage or your nails done it is very active on the prowl and not even a mask can stop it but If you need a plumber, it is weak, and a mask will keep it away. It also seems to be most dangerous after 5:30pm so businesses must start to close before the virus comes out and wreaks havoc upon the populations. Whoever heard of such a smart sneaky virus?

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