The news is out: [Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is refusing to say why his state has not begun reporting the daily COVID-19 hospitalization rate, despite earlier promising to do so, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday.
At a press conference on Tuesday, DeSantis, a Republican, ignored two direct questions about the data: one from the Herald and another from CNN.
His office also did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
Earlier in the week, the governor’s office promised to release the data on daily hospitalizations, according to the Herald, which is believed to be in the possession of the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration. The agency does publicly report the number of hospital beds currently in use and the total number of COVID-19 patients the pandemic began.
“They won’t release it unless there’s public pressure or a lawsuit filed,” state Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, a Democrat, told the paper. “It’s infuriating.”
In total, over 16,400 Floridians have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, as of July 7, and over 3,800 have died.]
Hopefully, the next time around, Floriduh voters will be smarter and elect a dog or a cat as governor.