Florida doctors: Postpone Republican National Convention
Hundreds of Florida doctors are calling on Jacksonville's mayor to postpone the upcoming Republican National Convention and institute mandatory mask requirements due to rapidly rising coronavirus infections.
first Coast News asked the city tough questions Monday about whether it believes the doctors are wrong about the event being dangerous. We did not receive that letter from the physician's until around 4 p.m. Yesterday, just as we do with anyone who writes into Mayor Curry, we will respond to the center and we will do that in a timely manner. The letters to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry in the City Council says more than 40,000 people are expected to attend the RNC from all over the country. Quote. Allowing this number of people to descend on Jacksonville is unequivocally provocative of disease predictably harmful and medically disrespectful to the citizens of the city, much less the rest of the country, the letter says. The doctors also warn there will be an increase in Cove in 19 related hospitalizations, long term health problems and deaths as a result of the convention. Orange Part oncologist Linda Sylvester added her name to the letter because she simply wants to see the city follow CDC guidelines. I really think the RNC should postponed so when we have a vaccine but that's not gonna be possible, so I think they need to reinvent what they do and how to do a zoom convention. And Jackson Will gynecologist Tiffany Wells Hopes Letter will force a city of Jacksonville to come out with a plan on how it will keep visitors and residents safe. I think at this point we have to plan for the worst, and if it's not at the worst at that point and great, we had a plan in place we didn't have to use, Jackson will announce it is requiring masks in public starting this afternoon. That was one of the things the doctors called for in that letter in Jacksonville. Haley Hurston, First Coast News on Your Side.