With the news of the Coronavirus continue to take lives, the sunshine state has been moving quickly on trying to accurately respond to the growing disease.
Over the weekend, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) declared a Public Health Emergency after it was confirmed that the state faced two “presumptive” cases of the coronavirus in Manatee county and in Hillsborough county. On Monday afternoon, the cases were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.
In response to the cases, Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R) called on Congress to move swiftly to ensure that Floridians remain safe, asking for the sufficient resources to address the threat of the virus.
In a statement, Waltz commented, “as news reports indicate Florida has two confirmed cases of coronavirus – and possibly more on the way – it’s imperative Congress acts quickly to mitigate the spread of this disease.”
The freshman lawmaker added that he is “grateful for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ leadership to declare a Public Health Emergency in Florida, which will free up resources to help combat this virus.”
As well, shifting his view back to Congress, he urged “Speaker Pelosi not to inject partisan politics” into the conversation, “especially now that Florida and other states are seeing the virus spread.”
In turn, “Congress must work together to contain this threat, for the safety of our state and our country.”