Coronavirus investigation: DeSantis’ ‘whack-a-mole’ approach fails the frail in nursing homes

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Coronavirus updates: Florida’s governor didn’t act promptly to identify outbreaks in elder care facilities and is now scrambling, a Palm Beach Post investigation has found.

As coronavirus deaths increased exponentially in elder care centers, Gov. Ron DeSantis took a victory lap.

Along with fawning state officials and industry leaders, he touted at a May 13 news conference that his actions prevented a catastrophe at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The Republican governor said he always knew and acted decisively at the beginning to protect “the most vulnerable population,” who he calls “the tip of the spear” for the pandemic in Florida.

But DeSantis’ “whack-a-mole” approach to long-term care facilities in the pandemic — as the AARP calls it — has failed.

Despite the proclamations, DeSantis didn’t promptly identify outbreaks in elder care facilities and is now scrambling to stem the tide of cases and deaths, a Palm Beach Post investigation has found.

Florida National Guard strike teams dispatched by DeSantis last month to test at nursing homes proved to be nothing more than a flyswatter against a viral swarm.

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