CNN — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis publicly downplayed New York’s role in providing his state with shipments of an antiviral drug to help combat the coronavirus pandemic after a staffer in The Sunshine State’s health department had privately praised the assistance, CNN has learned.
Speaking to reporters last Thursday, DeSantis pointedly denied that New York was helping his state’s Covid-19 response, stating, “They’re not helping us.”
“I think that someone reached out to our office about ventilators — we got 6,000 just sitting idle, so we don’t need it,” the governor added. “We are working with the federal government on some of the Remdesivir.”
But a set of emails first reported by Politco and later reviewed by CNN shows New York’s offer to send remdesivir to Florida had been well received before DeSantis dismissed the state’s role in securing shipments of the drug.
A 30-year-old patient died after attending a “Covid party”, believing the virus to be a hoax, a Texas medical official has said.
“Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said ‘I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not,’” said Dr Jane Appleby, the chief medical officer at Methodist hospital in San Antonio.
Appleby said: “I don’t want to be an alarmist, and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realise that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”
A “Covid party” is a gathering held by somebody diagnosed with coronavirus to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected, she explained.
I read the story about the young woman who died to my wife this weekend and she thought it was made up, until I pointed out where it was reported and who was quoted. Even in a seemingly endless sea of stupidity, some things still seem unbelievably dumb.
Here’s something that isn’t stupid, the latest from the Lincoln Project:
Another thing that isn’t stupid is the fundraiser DougJ put up for Dan Ahlers, who’s running against Mike Rounds in the South Dakota senate race. Rounds is a decently liked down-the-line Republican who would normally sail to re-election. When I see the kinds of numbers that Democratic challengers for Senate seats are pulling down this cycle, and looking at the disaster that is shaping up for Republicans, I think it’s smart to make sure that challengers to supposedly safe seats at least have enough money to put up a fight. Ahlers has raised $52K compared to $3.5 million by Rounds. If he had, say $152K, or $520K, he could at least have name recognition in a race that could be winnable if all hell breaks loose.