Hundreds of doctors sign letter asking Gov. DeSantis for stricter safety measures and enforcement

Hundreds of doctors sign letter asking Gov. DeSantis for stricter safety measures and enforcement

FLORIDA — Hundreds of doctors signed a letter sent to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, calling on stricter safety measures and enforcement as coronavirus cases increase across the state. Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health announced 9,989 new COVID-19 cases.

In the letter, the group wrote: “It is now critical that our state adhere to the CDC and State Surgeon General’s recommendations to reduce the spread of the virus.”

The doctors are demanding face masks or face shields be mandated statewide and enforced diligently, banning indoor gatherings with more than 50 people, and six feet of social distancing at all times.

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The group said in the letter that, “The door is rapidly closing on our opportunity to limit the spread” and enacting the measures will help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Dozens of doctors in Northeast Florida endorsed the letter. Dr. Nancy Staats said the purpose of the letter is to try to speak with one voice as physicians about how concerned they are trying to fight the coronavirus.

“Doctors are feeling really stressed and frustrated,” Dr. Staats said. Dr. Staats said the spike in cases is concerning. “We have now entered into a true hotspot,” Dr. Staats said. “Our numbers look horrible.”