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Democratic Lawmakers Say DeSantis is Downplaying Rise In Coronavirus Cases

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Lynne Sladky
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AP Photo
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference at the old Pan American Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida Democratic lawmakers say the governor is downplaying the state’s rising coronavirus cases. The Florida Department of Health reported more than 7,000 new cases today. Democrats are continuing to call for a statewide mask policy, but Gov. Ron DeSantis has repeatedly rejected the idea. Sen. Perry Thurston (D-Fort Lauderdale) says the governor is blaming young people instead of taking action:

“He’s the governor. The buck stops with him. He has to show leadership. We don’t have that type of leadership.”

DeSantis said Tuesday some “young people” weren’t cooperating with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. He also says the increase in cases is driven in part, by people in the 20-to-30 age range.