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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Health Experts Warn- After Large Thanksgiving Gatherings, Plan Small Christmas Funerals


U.S. COVID numbers are exploding. Cases are surging throughout the country, and some states have gone back into lockdown, closing schools and businesses in an attempt to save lives.

Not Florida.

Our Legislature convened for the first time this week to plan the March session, and its new Republican leadership renounced any responsibility for mitigating the spread of the virus, saying it was not their role.

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, whose role it definitely is, hasn’t been seen in a press conference for months, and his top spokesperson, Alberto Moscoso, left or was removed from his job on Wednesday. All communications on COVID will now go through the governor’s office for approval.

Governor DeSantis has offered no new guidance on the pandemic since putting the state into reopening Phase 3 in late September, though his administration did announce earlier this month that nursing home residents can leave their facilities for the holidays and do not have to be tested when they return.

In Florida, our mantra seems to be “business as usual.” But if we spend Thanksgiving gathered old and young around the table, as it seems likely many of us will, the one business sure to see an uptick is going to be funeral homes.