Miami mayor reacts to rise in COVID-19 cases

Mayor Francis Suarez speaks out on "GMA" about how the city is handling the record-breaking pandemic, from hospital overcrowding to the reopening of schools.
3:29 | 07/13/20

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Joining us now is the mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez. Thank you so much, mayor, for joining us once again. The two of us spoke one month ago today. At that time Florida had a daily record of more than 1900 new cases. Now you're reporting a nationwide record of more than 15,000 new cases in a single day. How dire is the situation in south Florida right now? Look, our hospital systems are getting strained. We have a very small capacity in our icus. We have the ability to grow that capacity. But it's something that's extremely worrisome. We just crossed the threshold for the highest number of ventilators that we've had in the history of this virus. And that's also alarming because that's an indicator our death rate may begin to go up. I just want to pick up on what you said with the ventilators. The need hitting an all-time high. Are you warning the people of Miami the deaths will increase in that area? I have been because, you know, on though at the beginning the survival rate of a adrenaline was very, very low, now it's gotten better and the way the doctors treat the disease has gotten better obviously over time. However we crossed the threshold. We went over 200 ventilators yesterday and so that means that there's no doubt that the death rate will most likely go up over the next week or two and so that's something that our residents should be expecting and something that is unfortunately most likely are going to be a reality. I want to touch on this. Something that most parents are thinking about out there. What's going to happen in the future. We heard from education secretary Betsy Devos pushing for schools to re-open in the fall despite the increase in cases that you're seeing right now. Do you anticipate seeing kids back in the classroom in Miami dolphins and what could that look like? First of all, I mean, we have to be extremely careful. Our children are the most precious members of our families and our communities and so we cannot put them at risk. Put our teachers at risk. Put, you know, the entire school system at risk if we're not ready to open. Mayor, forgive me. You didn't quite answer the question. Will kids be back in school, yes or no, in just a matter of weeks? I have no idea whether they'll be back in school, yes or no. Our superintendent is the one that runs our school systems and he has indicated that he's not going to put our children at I know that as you said, you know, the education commissioner of the state of Florida has mandated schools be open but I'm not sure our superintendent is in agreement with that and certainly, you know, not if it poses a risk to our children or to the parent was are teaching. Clearly still a lot of things in play. Miami re-opened and then had to close some things down, no longer allowing indoor dining. Things seem to be moving in the wrong direction and added restrictions. Do you think another statewide stay-at-home order might be needed to get this under control gentleman. I've said from the beginning that, you know, we're not going to rule out the possibility of a stay-at-home order. You can't rule it out. So we're analyzing day in and day out to make a decision but it's not something I'm going to rule out at this point. Mayor Suarez, I know you recovered from coronavirus. It's good to see you doing well. Thank you so much, guys. It just goes to show the volatility. More than 15,000 cases in the state of Florida and said they don't even know if they'll be able to go back to school in the In a matter of weeks.

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