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Florida mayors plead with governor to take action on virus

Posted at 8:27 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 08:27:28-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Five Florida mayors expressed concern about the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state, and begged Gov. Ron DeSantis to change his approach to the virus.

Following a months-long decline from its huge summer spike in the outbreak, Florida has seen a mid-autumn climb in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Still, the governor has resisted a return to state-wide restrictions in place earlier in the year.

The mayors of Miami Beach, Hialeah, Miami Shores Village, Sunrise, and St. Petersburg called for consistency in statewide regulations, implementing a mask mandate and restoring state testing sites to full capacity.