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The TALLAHASSEE Coronavirus was sweeping Florida in April when State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees warned that people in the state might have to social distance for up to a year. Minutes later, aide to Gov. Ron DeSantis whisked him out of the briefing. Aide, DeSantis communications Director Helen Aguirre Ferre, blamed the Rivkees' abrupt removal on scheduling conflict. But State records obtained by POLITICO challenge that assertion. The Rivkees, at an April briefing with reporters, had gone off message. As spring breakers descend on Florida's beaches in spring, DeSantis administration's script was to downplay the dangers of viruses among young people. Ferre at time said Rivkees had to leave the briefing early because he had another scheduled meeting with Adrian Lukis, Deputy Chief of Staff at the governor's office. On Wednesday, DeSantis Public records employee said office had no record of the State Surgeon General meeting with the Deputy Chief of Staff. The governor's office did not respond to a request for Lukis' calandar for April 13. High-level meetings typically are accompanied by briefs, notes, background information and other documentation, such as calendars and invitations. But in the case of the April 13 meeting Ferre said take place, no paper or digital records appear to exist, according to records officials in the governor's office. In response to POLITICO's request for such documents, DeSantis office on Wednesday provided documentation of the April 13 meeting that included Rivkees, Lukis and others. That meeting ended at 11 am, four hours before 3 pm, Coronavirus briefing Rivkees was pulled from. Documents include calendar invite to a handful of people, including Lukis and Rivkees, and an email notification showing Lukis had accepted meeting invitation. No such records exist for the meeting that Ferre described when reporters in April asked about the Rivkees ' abrupt exit from the briefing. In an email to POLITICO on Thursday, Ferre said Rivkees and Lukis had separate, unplanned meeting. Open Government provides you with all responsive records, Ferre say. In addition to that previously scheduled morning meeting, Dr. Rivkees had a meeting with Deputy Chief of Staff Adrian Lukis in the afternoon. Meetings at EOG are concurrent throughout the day. Ferre, who on Thursday announced she was leaving DeSantis office, did not answer follow-up questions and Lukis did not respond to emailed questions. Rivkiees and DOH spokesperson Alberto Moscoso did not respond to requesst for comment. Rivkees, who lead the Florida Department of Health, has had few public appearances since and hasn't attended DeSantis Coronavirus briefing since May. He regularly meets in private with the governor, according to governors ' public daily calendars. Rivkees made his social distancing comment on April 13, two weeks after DeSantis issued his first Coronavirus executive order. At the time, Republican governor was working to beef up protection for nursing homes and assist-living facilities, but largely downplayed the outbreak's overall impact.

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Senate must confirm Rivkees

The Senate Health-care panel on Wednesday voted 8-2 to support confirmation of Scott Rivkees, Secretary of the Florida Department of Health and surgeon General. Dissenting votes in the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee came from Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation and Sen. Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach, who expressed concerns that Rivkees was investigated for sexual harassment because of comments he allegedly made after taking a position at University of Florida in 2012. While the book acknowledges that Rivkees are incredible doctor, senator, who was sexually abused as a child, expressed concerns that Rivkees dodge questions about investigation. According to a University of Florida report, Rivkees was alleged to have repeatedly told people, If we ca agree on this, Well have to get naked in a hot tub and work it out. The Rivkees acknowledge making comment and may have said it more than once, telling university investigators that the pediatric intensive care unit was in disarray and that comment was meant as a joke, report say. When Book asked Rivkees about remarks on Wednesday, surgeon General said they were mischaracterization of facts. Surgeon General add, I can assure you I have worked with hundreds if not thousands of individuals over the course of my career, and I have treated everybody with respect and dignity. The book continued pressing Rivkees on the subject, asking whether he has put in place policies to prevent sexual harassment at the Department of Health, question Rivkees could not answer. Prior to casting her vote, Book told Rivkees that she wasnt satisfied with his responses to her questions. Those comments aren't appropriate, and those are things that I am concern, if not address, create a culture and climate that isnt safe for everyone who works in the environment, she say. And for you to not know if currently there is sexual harassment training in the Department is a problem for me. Before joining the Department of Health, Rivkees served as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at University of Florida College of Medicine and physician-in-chief at UF Health Shands Childrens Hospital. He was appointed last year by Gov. Ron DeSantis as surgeon General and Department Secretary and will need Senate confirmation.

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Retribution within pediatrics

Introduce by Cooperstowns Richard Sternberg, state Democratic Committee member, Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, acknowledges applause at today noontime Cooperstown Rotary Club meeting at Otesaga. At left are Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and her predecessor, Jeff Katz; at right, Melinda Hardin, Democratic activist. Delgado's description of his legislative efforts range from aid to small farms, to combining all federal regulatory requirements on one website, to creating a Medicaid-or Medicare-base public option to encourage health-insurance competition, to the $50 billion Rebuild Rural America Act, which would bypass state government and provide block grants directly to localities. Attorney Bob Birch told Delgado that no Congressman who has addrest Club in his 30 years as a Rotarian had spoken with such specificity. Delgado planned to stop in Oneonta later in the afternoon. At right, Jim Miles, consultant with Leatherstocking Corp., Which owns Otesaga, and Otsego General Manager / Vice President John Shideler, brief Congressman on tourism-related issues.

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Senate presses the surgeon general

Citing past sexual harassment investigation at the University of Florida, Senate President Bill Galvano said Wednesday the Senate will not vote during this year's legislative session on confirming the state's new Surgeon General. Move could put physician Scott Rivkees, named Surgeon General Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, in limbo for months. In a statement to News Service of Florida, Galvano, R-Bradenton, said he and other senators have concerns with Rivkees appointment and that there is not enough time left in the 2019 legislative session to fully vet nominee who has faced these types of allegations. The session is scheduled to end May 3. Very serious allegations against Dr. Rivkees are troubling to say least, Galvano say. The confirmation process will provide an opportunity for the Senate to gather additional information, but certainly with what we know at this time, I am very concerned, as are other senators. Even without confirmation, Rivkees can serve as state Surgeon General. That is because Florida law allows two legislative sessions to expire before an agency Secretary who hasnt been confirmed must step down. The Senate could take up Rivkees ' confirmation in 2020. News Service of Florida reported Tuesday that Rivkees, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at University of Florida College of Medicine and physician-In-chief at UF Health Shands Childrens Hospital, was the subject of a University sexual harassment investigation and, separately, was found by University auditors to have not properly filed financial-disclosure information. The university issued a statement Wednesday expressing support for Rivkees, who as Surgeon General also will serve as Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Scott Rivkees is a talented physician who is well-equip to advance the health and wellness interests of the State of Florida, and we look forward to positive contributions he will make, say universitys statement, provide to News Service by DeSantis office. With respect to concerns some have raised in the past, University of Florida assess, addresses and resolves any issues to our satisfaction. The Rivkees attorney, Robert Bauer, told News Service of Florida on Tuesday that the Rivkees has acknowledged making inappropriate comments and has moved on. The Sexual harassment investigation stems from a complaint received in February 2014, according to a University investigation report. Rivkees was alleged to have repeatedly told people, If we ca agree on this, Well all have to get naked in a hot tub and work it out, report say. The Rivkees acknowledge making comments and may have said it more than once, telling investigators at time that the pediatric intensive care unit was in disarray and that comment was meant as a joke. The Report also says Rivkees was alleged to have told UF veterinary students at an off-campus event, Well, we have something in common, neither one of us can have sex with our patients. Rivkees deny the allegation and told UF investigators that he said to students, Make sure you do have relationships with your patients.

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