Florida Surgeon General Who Contradicted DeSantis on COVID Leaving His Post

Due to Ron DeSantis’ horrible mismanagement of the pandemic, the COVID-19 virus is again surging in the state of Florida. In fact, more people are dying now in Florida than at any other time since the pandemic began.

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A lot of the troubles have to do with DeSantis deciding to fight a culture war rather than keeping his people safe. And the state will soon lose an important voice for safety protocols. Surgeon General Scott Rivkees will be leaving his post in September.

Rivkees earned the ire of the Governor in April of 2020 when he told reporters, “Floridians will be keeping their distance and wearing face masks for up to a year until a COVID-19 vaccine exists.” The Tampa Bay Times noted at the time, “The surgeon general’s comments appear to conflict with what Gov. Ron DeSantis and his political ally, President Donald Trump, have said about returning to pre-coronavirus life.”

Following that press conference, Rivkees was rarely heard from again. Soon, the state will have a replacement for him. Florida Politics reports, “Rivkees, whose time in government has been marked by his absence from public view throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, will exit the administration when his contract expires Sept. 20. The news comes as Florida continues trudging through the pandemic with peak cases and hospitalizations on account of the delta variant.”


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