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Florida Sheriff Bans Deputies from Wearing Masks as Coronavirus Cases Spike

HeadlineAug 13, 2020

In Florida, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods has ordered his deputies not to wear masks on the job — and barred visitors to the Sheriff’s Department from wearing facial coverings. In an email to employees, Sheriff Woods falsely claims that there’s no consensus on whether masks stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, a New York Times analysis of federal data shows more than 200,000 more people have died than usual across the United States since March — more than 60,000 higher than the official coronavirus death toll. 

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