DeSantis Reverses, Releases Tally On Nursing Homes

The Miami Herald reports:

As Florida’s elder care facilities are becoming increasingly lethal incubators of the novel coronavirus, state officials revealed for the first time that 303 facilities in 45 counties have staff or residents who have tested positive for the deadly respiratory infection.

The facilities were named in a list released by the Florida Department of Health after Gov. Ron DeSantis reversed the agency’s policy and ordered the state’s surgeon general to release the names of the facilities.

“I have now directed him to determine that it is necessary for public health to release the names of the facilities where a resident or staff member is tested positive for COVID-19,’’ DeSantis said at an afternoon press conference at the Old Capitol building.