Buchanan described Gary Tibets, who has been receiving treatment at Manatee Memorial Hospital since July 15 after being tested positive for coronavirus, as a “perfect professional.”
“Gary was an impeccable professional and a true civil servant in every sense of the word,” Buchanan said on Facebook. “He touched so many lives and was loved and respected by those who knew him. I will never forget his uplifting spirit, sense of humor and pure joy of helping others.
The cabinet of resp. Buchanan tweeted a statement earlier this month that Tibet had no recent interactions with anyone else in the office. Tibetz, a field representative, has worked for Buchanan since 201
Florida has emerged as a major hotspot for the coronavirus in recent weeks. On Saturday, Florida became the state with the second largest official number of coronaviruses, passing New York, once the epicenter of the country at the beginning of the pandemic.
Florida has reported 414,551 cases since the start of the pandemic, more than 411,200 from New York, according to state health agencies.
The number of hospitalizations has increased by 79% since July 4, according to data from the state health administration.
At least 50 hospital intensive care units in Florida reached capacity on Saturday, according to the agency.
As Republican Governor Sunshine Ron DeSantis continues to resist calls – including a recent letter from a Florida congressional delegation – to consider a disguised mandate.
“We recommended that this could have an impact,” Desantis said in June. “At the same time, making the police and imposing criminal sanctions on it is something that would probably cause excitement.”