Florida Gov. Ron Desantis DeSantis is taking fire from multiple directions over his handling of the Covid crisis and his polls numbers are plummeting to the point that his re-election in 2022 no longer assured.
The rapid fall of DeSantis comes as Florida police departments are being rocked by multiple deaths from COVID-19 and a surge of infections taking law enforcement officers off of the streets, according to a report from AXIOS.
Citing a report from FOX13 that states that twenty-nine law enforcement officers in Florida have died of COVID-19 so far, Axios notes that police departments throughout the state are being stretched thin in Florida which has been one of the hardest hit as Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) battles local leaders over mask mandates.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd admitted that “the majority of those hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated,” before issuing a statement where he explained, “Listen to the doctors, don’t listen to the politicians; get your vaccine. … If you didn’t have motivation before to get the vaccination, I hope that Christopher’s untimely death will give you the motivation,” following the death of Polk County sheriff’s deputy Christopher Broadhead, who died last Monday at the age of 32.
Axios noted that about 50 Polk County Sheriff’s office staffers have reportedly tested positive for COVID — with five in hospitals and one on a ventilator.
“Nearly 100 Sarasota County Sheriff’s employees were out with COVID, deputies told the outlet last week,” Axios is reporting before adding, “19 St. Petersburg police staff members were out sick as of Saturday, but the department said no one was hospitalized.”