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Florida's state workers feeling COVID impacts on the job

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Sep 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-27 10:37:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida’s state workers are struggling 18 months into the pandemic. COVID-19 outbreaks have closed departments and offices.

Three state prisons are closing because of the lack of corrections officers.

When colleagues fall ill, some state employees say they aren’t being told.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to keep Florida open have been felt acutely by many state workers.

Many of the state’s roughly 105,000 state employees shifted to remote work Agencies under DeSantis’ control began ordering employees back to their offices last October. Masks and social distancing were optional.

Since then, state agencies have disclosed little publicly about how their employees have fared.

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering