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Coronavirus in Florida: Top-down control stifles reporting

The Palm Beach Post

March 14, 2020

The Palm Beach Post - Palm Beach County’s health leader, Dr. Alina Alonso, hews closely to the state line; she won’t even say how many residents have been tested for the deadly coronavirus.

The Florida Health Department's centralized approach can keep the coronavirus message consistent to reduce the risk of confusing people, according to one public relations expert, Professor Debbie Davis of Texas Tech University.

But, Davis said, when government officials are dealing with the press, “You need to quickly have the adequate information.”

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