Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved Miami-Dade County into phase two of the reopening plan yesterday – and today Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber fired back in a scathing letter.
“Last time we reopened our economy, our County experienced a surge in the virus that has killed 2,328 residents,” Gelber said in the letter. “With no meaningful ability to control surges and the resulting community spread, the virus swelled to unimagined levels.”
Gelber blamed the state for failing to implement an “effective and sufficiently staffed contact tracing program” in Miami-Dade County and for sending mixed messages regarding mask use.
“As we reopen, our positivity rates are actually worse than they were the last time we reopened,” the letter said. “So the only way this doesn’t become déjà vu all over again, is if we do something different.”
Gelber urged DeSantis to improve contact tracing, to consider using a digital contact-tracing app and to mandate masks statewide.
CNN has reached out to the governor’s press office for comment.