By Eric Daugherty
February 24, 2022 Updated 9:09 A.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FCV) – On February 18, Florida Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book announced on social media that she tested positive for COVID-19 the day before, on February 17.
“I am now resting and will remain in isolation through Monday, per @CDCgov guidelines,” she said, explicitly stating she plans to follow the COVID-19 health protocols defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the CDC website, those who test positive for COVID-19 “should isolate for 5 days,” and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving, should “follow that by 5 days if wearing a mask when around others.”
However, Wednesday, February 23, Press Secretary for the Florida Department of Health Jeremy Redfern posted a photo taken at 3:40 P.M. showing Book in public without a mask.
February 23 was day 6, the first day in which Book was permitted in public under CDC guidelines, assuming her symptoms were resolving. According to the CDC, she was supposed to be wearing a mask.
Book is among those who vehemently opposed the appointment of Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo to the post of Florida Surgeon General.
Ladapo was confirmed by the Florida Senate Wednesday, making him officially seated as Florida Surgeon General.
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