His comments came a month after Florida State University police arrested seven students for hosting an "open house party" despite COVID-19 rules.
"We are prepared to strap up our boots and, in the spirit of John Lewis, get into some good trouble," state Representative Shevrin Jones said in response to DeSantis' new proposal, which introduces new criminal offences for protesters.
Those "fleeing for safety from a mob" could be legally allowed to drive over and seriously injure or kill protesters under a new law Florida Governor Ron DeSantis proposed Monday.
Jamie R. Grosshans has ties to the powerful Alliance Defending Freedom, whose backers include senior officials in the Trump administration.
"To drop this much unusable and stale data is irresponsible," Governor Ron DeSantis said. DeSantis has ordered the state's department of health to stop using Quest Diagnostics to process COVID-19 tests.
The case outcome could affect up to 800,000 potential voters in a state that Trump only won by 113,000 votes in 2016.
Governor Ron DeSantis issued an order Friday stating that "it is in the best interests of the residents of Clay County, and the citizens of the State of Florida, that [Sheriff] Darryl Daniels be immediately suspended from public office."
Just two days into the school year, at least 10 students were forced to quarantine for 14 days after a student experienced coronavirus symptoms.
"Every region is well below our COVID infection limit, therefore all school districts are authorized to open," Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote on Twitter.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis lamented social distancing rules for those in long-term care facilities on Tuesday, remarking that "the touch is important" and suggesting that it's safe to hug vulnerable residents as long as personal protective equipment is worn and people don't sneeze.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said during an interview published Tuesday that "pointless roadblocks" present in Florida's unemployment benefit claims system are intended to discourage the jobless from filing claims.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that he is considering ways to reopen long-term care facilities to visitors as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state, while those who test positive for coronavirus antibodies should be allowed to visit "right now."
Isaias is expected to approach Florida's southeast coast late Saturday and continue into Sunday, according to a morning advisory from the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
The survey comes amid much discussion amongst American lawmakers and families about whether to allow children back into classrooms this fall.
The positivity rate among children also spiked in just over a week, according to the Florida Department of Health.
The state is still planning to reopen schools, even though case numbers are worse now than when schools first closed.
Additionally, the state saw 9,446 new infections, and the test positivity rate stood at 12.26 percent.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that parents should decide whether to send their children back to school as COVID-19 surges in the state, while leaving open the possibility that schools could choose to delay reopenings over public health concerns.
"It almost seems like he's in the pocket of Big COVID, like he's doing things on behalf of the virus to let the virus flourish in Florida," Jason Selvig, one half of comedy duo The Good Liars, told Newsweek.
"It's too early for Florida to be the petri dish for America," Fredrick Ingram said.
Ron DeSantis has faced criticism over his response to the coronavirus, with protesters shouting "shame on you" and "you are lying" during a press conference in Orlando.
"Florida Department of Health representatives will however no longer screen arriving passengers," according to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit against Governor Ron DeSantis and other Florida officials over plans to force classrooms to reopen as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.
Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez said he has "no idea" why Governor Ron DeSantis has not required Floridians to wear masks in public.
Gov. Ron DeSantis interrupted the reporter with "All right, yeah. I appreciate the question, but we're trying to focus on the coronavirus."
As of July 17, the U.S. is reporting 3,576,430 total cases, with Brazil and India reporting 2,012,151 and 1,003,832, respectively, according to data from Johns Hopkins University's tracker.
DeSantis' office told Newsweek he believes a "bottom-up" decision making process is the best approach to requiring masks.
Some observers have alleged that state governments, such as Ipwa and Florida, are not presenting the public with accurate coronavirus statistics.
The state is now the third in the nation to surpass 300,000 cases.
In a video captured by an onlooker, the woman is heard shouting, "You guys are cult members. I'm not wearing a mask."