Brian Warden, like most recent medical school graduates, probably is carrying a ton of student debt. Maybe that explains why the newly minted physician thought it would be a good idea to sell doctor notes to parents hoping to get their children exempt from wearing face masks in school.
For $50, Dr. Brian Warden, an emergency room physician at the Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, Fla., said he would provide the notes, signed on stationery from the Dove Field Health LLC that he formed in July. The Tallahassee Democrat first reported Warden’s scam after he was fired by the hospital. The newspaper reported that Warden put the offer out on at least one Florida statewide anti-mask website and posted his services to an anti-mask page on Facebook.
When Warden’s offer was outed on social media the management of the hospital fired him immediately. “We act with absolute integrity in all that we do, and it is our expectation that providers behave in a way that is consistent with those values,” CRMC spokeswoman Rachel Stiles said.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued executive orders banning mask and vaccine mandates throughout the state, even as COVID-19 ravages the unvaccinated population. Wednesday morning the state reported its highest-ever daily death count during the pandemic, with 228 new fatalities.
Some entities in the state are defying those orders, including the school system in Leon County, where the state capital of Tallahassee is located. As the new school year has gotten underway it has become obvious how dangerous the mask and vaccine mandate bans can be. COVID-19 killed a third-grader and a child under five years old in Leon County in the past month.