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Gov. Ron DeSantis says comparisons of Florida to New York are ‘apples and oranges’

Gov. Ron DeSantis shrugged off any parallels between Florida’s rise in cases and the COVID-19 situation in New York on Tuesday while speaking to reporters at a press conference in Juno Beach.

DeSantis acknowledged the recent rise of COVID-19 cases but countered that the state is testing at a higher volume and prepared to address more vulnerable areas such as long-term care facilities.

“We’re very well positioned to be able to handle what comes down the pipe,” DeSantis said. “But to compare us and what we’re doing with that is totally apples and oranges.”

Florida’s recent spike in cases has raised eyebrows from leaders across the country including Governors from the tri-state area.

Last week, the Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a 14-day quarantine order for travelers returning from the Sunshine State.

DeSantis made it clear, however, that the state would not reverse its course.

“We’re not going back, closing things,” DeSantis said. “I don’t think that really is what’s driving it. People going into business is not what’s driving it.

DeSantis instead attributed the rise in cases to young people and their social interactions as well as Memorial Day activities across the state.

“That’s just the reality,” he said. “But we’re open. We know who we need to protect.”

As of Tuesday, state health officials reported an uptick in COVID-19 cases, raising the tally to 6,093 new diagnoses in the latest update.

Written By

Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capitol for Florida Politics. After his time with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studies Political Science & American Policy. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. You can reach Jason at or on Twitter at @JasonDelgadoFL.



  1. Sonja Fitch

    June 30, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Well then stupid duffus Desantis shut down the state!!!!!Florida is moving on up to the top 4 states with the most covid cases! Desantis you are criminally negligent!!!’ May god have mercy on your soul!

  2. S. B. Anthony

    June 30, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    When Florida exceeds NY’s numbers, maybe the fake governor will stop shrugging.

    • TheGipper

      July 1, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      The probability of that happening is zero. Thank you Gov. DeSantis.

  3. Paula

    June 30, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    “We know who we need to protect.” Yes, Mr. DeSantis. You think you need to protect Trump.
    Please think about your residents and what THEY need.

  4. BlueHeron

    June 30, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Apples and Oranges? Funny. Such a funny guy.
    He is so petulant, ill-equipped and does NOT
    have the interests of the residents in mind.
    Keeps cooking the books on the dashboard, testing
    is still an issue, blaming everyone for the current
    state of the covid crisis and provides neither answers
    to valid and urgent questions nor does he provide responsible
    science based guidance.
    Kicked the can back to the counties, towns and cities to make
    their own rules.
    Even Texas, Arizona and others have pumped the brakes, are
    taking things more seriously and issuing rational guidance on local
    news stations in order to get the message out.

    Just saw him on CNN. They’ve been running around the state trying
    to ask questions. They caught up with him at a presser. Same attitude,
    same bs answers, same lies. All while showing leadership by having a
    mask clutched tightly in his hand. Yea. That’s helpful.

  5. PeterH

    July 1, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Republican governors across this country placed a bet on Trump’s narrative that the virus would magically go away with warm weather. Republicans lost the bet …. they should have listened to science. Long before Florida imposed COVID-19 restrictions ….. seniors like myself were In self quarantine and following established guidelines imposed by other states.

    Now we’re learning that ‘age’ has little to do with how sick someone can get with Covid. Pre existing health conditions including obesity are a huge factor. Do you smoke? Drink too much? 50 lbs overweight?

    Yesterday a treating physician in Houston and another in Florida stated that new hospital arrivals are younger, sicker and more at risk than they were in early Spring! …… additionally with a 50,000 daily new cases…. and lack of trained epidemiologist studies ….. contact tracing is impossible.

    • BlueHeron

      July 1, 2020 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you for your post PeterH.
      So many of us are in the same situation as you and we are all working very
      hard to stay safe and healthy.
      I naively thought that our fellow citizens would accept the science and follow
      very simple guidelines. I naively thought that our elected officials would do what
      is necessary to forcefully manage this crisis.
      Very disappointed.
      And so, we will continue to isolate as much as possible and will hope
      that one day, very soon, someone will wake up and smell the covid.

      Stay safe and healthy, Sir.

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