Gov. DeSantis stops fighting New York’s COVID-19 Floridian quarantine
A reporter asks Ron DeSantis about the recent record of 1,902 new coronavirus one day after the previous record. Image via the Wall Street Journal.

Ron DeSantis.
The back and forth with Cuomo over?

Gov. Ron DeSantis, in Fort Myers Friday, addressed leaders’ decisions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to quarantine Floridians because of COVID-19 concerns, taking a markedly different tone.

Gone was the partisan rhetoric, replaced by dispassionate analysis that sounded almost like conciliation, after Florida registered nearly 9,000 cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, a condition that worries even the White House.

“They’ve got to do what they’ve got to do,” the Governor said about the decision.

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, DeSantis’ political rival thanks to the pandemic, spearheaded the effort.

People traveling to those states from the Sunshine State would have to quarantine for 14 days, tristate leaders announced earlier this week, mirroring a Florida policy implemented when the New York area was the pandemic’s epicenter in the U.S.

The Governor said that “when we did that from New York, most of the people fleeing there were going to South Florida.”

“I wasn’t just doing it for my health,” he added. “I was doing it because we were concerned that was going to accelerate the outbreak in southern Florida.”

“Obviously,” DeSantis added, “we don’t have as much concern about that. I think the virus has run its course in New York.”

DeSantis said the situation here in Florida, despite the surging case count, is “much different” that New York’s fearsome peak.

“They had ten times more fatalities per capita than we do,” the Governor said.

DeSantis had made rhetorical hay of Florida “flattening the curve” better than New York in the Spring.

“They said Florida was going to be just like New York or an “uber Italy” when it came to hospitalizations and fatalities. This was wrong,” he tweeted in May.

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut began quarantining travelers from Florida and other states with a higher than 10% positive test rate starting on Thursday.

Prior to the decision being formalized, Cuomo outlined concerns.

“You look at Florida, more people are going into hospitals. It has nothing to do with testing. More people are going to ICU beds. It has nothing to do with testing.”

Previously, DeSantis had been testy, saying that if Cuomo does quarantine Floridians, not to do it in New York nursing homes, where 6,300 have died from COVID-19.

But on Friday in Fort Myers, the Governor seemed to have lost his thirst for the partisan fight with New York’s chief executive.

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]


4 comments

  • Frankie M.

    June 26, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Can we give people a class on how to wear masks? It’s not rocket science.

    Rule #1 It goes over the mouth AND nose. Not just the mouth. Both people!

    Don’t pull down your mask to talk to people. Just repeat yourself. Don’t touch the front of the mask when you are putting it on and/or wearing it as it defeats the purpose. Wear masks indoors when you are in public places. Outside you’re good as long as you can maintain distance from people.

    Honestly I don’t believe we should make masks mandatory because most of these mouthbreathers have no idea how to wear them anyway.

    • DisplacedCTYankee

      June 27, 2020 at 8:37 am

      Frankie M: Those people are mouth breathers. They will never get it.

      The thigh bone’s connected to the knee bone, the knee bone’s connected to the shin bone, etc. Oh hear the word of the Lord!

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 27, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Why in the F/ don’t you serve and lead and protect duffus Desantis? Cause duffus Desantis you to busy sucking up to goptrump cult sociopath racist sexist liar trump!

  • Jessy

    June 28, 2020 at 12:32 am

    DeSantis is too stupid to be fighting with any other person running other states. How about you manage to look at Floridians 1st before running your mouth. You refuse to make it mandatory for ppl to wear masks cuz you’ve got trust in ppl? Well this is why were spiking you idiot. Too many morons REFUSE to mask up @ ALL! Have you seen ppl shopping in walmarts alone? It’s a filthy petri dish. No one respects other human life enough to do it on their own & desantis is too blinded by the orange glow of trump to think for himself so we are ALL doomed smh

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