Despite Gov DeSantis’ denial, Andrew Cuomo says New York is helping Florida in COVID-19 fight
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The seemingly never-ending battle continued Friday.

The seemingly never-ending intertwining of New York and Florida in the battle against coronavirus continued Friday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an effort to “pay it forward,” reiterated Friday that for Florida, help is on the way.

“Tomorrow we will deliver Remdesivir to Florida to help care for COVID patients. The people of NY stand shoulder to shoulder with Americans fighting this virus,” Cuomo tweeted.

The supply, just 280 doses, is intended to help Florida meet its needs until the federal government can come through, Cuomo said.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has had an ongoing back and forth with Florida’s Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, with Cuomo claiming that he has offered to help Florida.

“Whatever they need, Florida has said they might need assistance from us, whatever they need, we’ll provide,” Cuomo said Wednesday.

In June, Cuomo had said something similar, as the New York Daily News reported.

“It is open-ended, however we can help …We are in a position to provide any of the above. Equipment, staff, knowledge, ventilators, National Guard assistance, whatever they need.”

Gov. DeSantis, when Florida Politics asked him about that offer Thursday, downplayed it and said Florida didn’t need New York’s help.

“They’re not helping us. I think someone had reached out to our office about ventilators. We’ve got 6,000 ventilators just sitting idle,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis went on to say “we don’t necessarily need it,” before returning to a familiar narrative about ways Florida outperformed New York in various areas during the crisis.

As he did on the Sean Hannity show the day before, DeSantis on Thursday discussed how Florida’s approach to managing its nursing home population was “superior” to New York’s, where Cuomo made the fateful decision to return COVID-19 positive patients to long term care facilities, where more than 6,300 died as a result.

A.G. Gancarski

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


6 comments

  • LINDIESUE

    July 10, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Both of my parents are in a nursing home in Florida. Our Governor has made essential decisions to protect Florida nursing home occupants, indeed. My parents are in their 90’s and, Praise God, are doing fine. Thank you medical care folks and Governor DeSantis!!! Notice, this author does not report how many elderly folks sadly died in NY nursing homes (6,200 reportedly). This was due to Cuomo’s order to place COVID elderly into nursing homes therefore having spread it resulting in so many deaths. Why didn’t Cuomo place COVID elderly on the ship or Javits Center the Pres. provided there? Cuomo is responsible for so many deaths in NY nursing homes.

    • Helena

      July 14, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      The author reported the 6300 cases in this same article. Some articles focus on the political machinery (chicanery) and others dive deep into analyzing specific stats which are really hard to get clarity on in Florida. I think these journalists on the front lines are working hard to keep us in the loop and not just feeding the corporate news machines (both right and left).

  • Frankie M.

    July 10, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Who goes to a nursing home in NY? At least go to NJ for god sakes! Cuomo is responsible for old people dying the same way DuhSantis is responsible for young people spreading the virus. Everybody happy now?

    Can Cuomo ship some hydroxychloroquine and bleach so I have something to gargle in the morning?

    • BlueHeron

      July 10, 2020 at 10:14 pm

      Thumbs up.

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 11, 2020 at 5:29 am

    Jealous are ya duffus Desantis? Don’t worry Duffus Desantis With your disaster leadership Florida will be number one! Check back here in September! Duffus Desantis you are criminally negligent!

  • AJ

    July 11, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you Governor Cuomo. Florida needs all the help we can get. Seems like the Florida Governor is taking his orders from the President. All his reports are just stories so he will look good.

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