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On Tuesday, as Florida set a new daily record for covid-19 deaths , Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods prohibited his deputies from wearing masks at work. His order, which also applies to visitors to the sheriff’s office, carves out an exception for officers in some locations, including hospitals, and when dealing with people who are high-risk or suspected of having the novel coronavirus. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. In an email to the sheriff’s department obtained by the Ocala Star-Banner , Woods disputed the idea that masks are a consensus approach to battling the pandemic. “We can debate and argue all day of why and why not. The fact is, the amount of professionals that gi... Full story

12 August