Five people at an event attended by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last week have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Nanette Schimpf, vice president of the Florida Sheriff’s Association.
DeSantis tweeted a photo of himself speaking at the July 27 event hosted by the Florida Sheriff’s Association.
One day after the gathering, an attendee told the association they had tested positive for Covid-19, according to Schimpf. All the participants were notified of the development, Schimpf said.
“There is no indication that Governor DeSantis came in close contact with the individuals who have since tested positive for COVID-19. As the Governor noted during a press conference yesterday, he is tested regularly and does not have nor has had any symptoms,” the governor’s press office said in a statement.
According to Schimpf, two sheriffs deputies, including Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, and two department of corrections leaders issued statements about positive tests.
About 60 people, mostly sheriffs deputies, attended the event. Schimpf said the group was following guidelines from the county, state and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of participants was reduced by 75% for the event, the trade show was eliminated and participants were required to wear masks in common areas of the hotel.