Florida seemed to weather the coronavirus relatively well in its initial stages. But the trend line has dramatically shifted with Florida now reporting over 350,000 cases and over 5,000 deaths since March 1. Health experts now say that the Miami area has become the epicenter of the pandemic in Florida. Washington Post Live hosts Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, in conversation with Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty, to hear his strategy for bringing Florida's most populous county through this crisis. Join Washington Post Live on Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET. (The Washington Post)
July 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Miami-Date County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on the coronavirus pandemic - VOD - clipped version

Florida seemed to weather the coronavirus relatively well in its initial stages. But the trend line has dramatically shifted with Florida now reporting over 350,000 cases and over 5,000 deaths since March 1. Health experts now say that the Miami area has become the epicenter of the pandemic in Florida. Washington Post Live hosts Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, in conversation with Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty, to hear his strategy for bringing Florida’s most populous county through this crisis. Join Washington Post Live on Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • Jul 23
Highlights
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez explained why he believes Miami is the epicenter of COVID-19 cases in Florida. “We have a lot of young people…60 percent of the people that live here were not born in the United States…we also tend to have a much higher percentage of our families that are here. Our families aren’t spread out…we are a very family-oriented community here and we like to get together…we’re an international city.”
  • Jul 23
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez expressed his support for President Trump and his trade policies among others. “I’m a Trump supporter…he’s pro-police, I’m pro-police, pro-military, I’m pro-military…I am an anti-socialist, anti-communist…I support his economic policies.”
  • Jul 23
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez discussed the prospect of reopening schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Every community is going to be different…we need to bring the level of contagion down…when we do that, we may be able to open up some schools in some capacity.”
  • Jul 23
In an interview with the Washington Post Live, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez spoke positively about the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “I think Washington has responded the best they could…we’re getting the support we need.”
  • Jul 23
Carlos Gimenez
Miami-Dade County
Carlos A. Gimenez is the Mayor of Miami-Dade County – Florida’s most populous county. He is Miami-Dade County’s highest-ranking elected official and chief administrator, who oversees a metropolitan government with more than 28,000 employees, and an annual budget of approximately $8.9 billion that serves 2.8 million residents.
Karen Tumulty
The Washington Post
Karen Tumulty is a columnist for The Washington Post. 
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