Fear of coronavirus, several beaches in Florida were closed on the weekend of July 4. However, this is not the case for St. Petersburg residents, who can reach the beach within driving distance of their county seat.
Mayor Rick Kriseman said he believes this is a policy that the county must consider.
“I think this is a policy [the county officials] We must consider the weekend of July 4. We know our beach is always busy on weekends and weekends. ”
Criserman also criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for not implementing statewide policies to deal with the surge in cases, but leaving it to local governments for a series of issues such as beach closures and masking Take action.
He said: “This should be a state-wide policy, but we do not have the leadership of the government and the governor’s office.” “To solve this problem, we need to take collective action, not just sporadic, local government Policy-making action.”
In further criticism, Criserman said the Florida mayor was “very difficult to reach” De Santis, which hindered statewide action against the virus.
“This is one of the frustrations of me and other mayors in the state. It is very difficult for all of us to get close to the governor, so we have not had these conversations. Of course I care about this fact, I think it is in the state-wide policy It works best if we can no longer adopt county-level policies, and if we can no longer have such a city,” he said. “But it should really come down from the state. “
Kriseman also dismissed DeSantis’ claim that the surge in cases was partly due to a backlog of tests.
Frankly, this explanation is really stupid. What we see is the percentage of positive tests. Therefore, we may have to complete 1,500 tests in a few days. On other days, we will complete 3,500 tests, but what really matters is the percentage of those tests that are returning to normal. “He explained.
In the two-week period between late April and early May, the percentage of positive cases in St. Petersburg, Florida ranged from 1.5% to 2%. He said that in the past two weeks, the rolling average has risen to 10%.
“This is very disturbing. The explanation is not the number of tests. It is that more people are being exposed now.”