Gov. DeSantis says ‘school closures should be off the table’

Gov. Ron DeSantis gives a coronavirus briefing about education from Jacksonville on Tuesday.

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In attendance will also be Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.

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Governor Ron Desantis talked about the school system and showed concern for the “physical and mental” stress of kids across the state.

“Schools are not drivers of spreading coronavirus and schools need to be open,” he said.

Desantis gave special notes to charters and private schools for remaining open because they aren’t affected by the “politics” of teachers’ unions.

The governor also said “going future, whatever the future may hold, school closures should be off the table”

Desantis discussed a task force to have visitation reopened for

He shared a statistic regarding long term care facilities, noting since September 1st, positive rates for COVID-19 have dropped around 70%.

The governor shared news about a rapid-test for seniors program, he says it’s “easy to administer…not 100% accurate but pretty close.”

Desantis says he hopes COVID-19 patients will receive a vaccine, but therapeutics “has been effective.”

Desantis says there’s been a big decline in several categories of health screenings for cancer, heart disease, and other ailments. He believes this will lead to “significant health problems down the road.”

He doesn’t want COVID-19 to prevent people from receiving screenings for their health.

Desantis talked about how the virus is affecting people’s mental health. Says he will use money from the CARES act to boost resources.

“We’ve regained almost 650,000 jobs,” but also acknowledged the state has lost a lot of jobs as well.

The governor mentioned Monday’s hospitalization numbers are the lowest they’ve been since earlier in the year.

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