Florida’s official, who oversees the pandemic strategy, is resigning

A Florida official who oversees the state’s response to the pandemic confirmed Monday that he would resign and said he would spend more time with his family.

Jared Moskowitztold the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management USA Today Networkhowever, that his “departure is not imminent.”

He refused to provide a timeline until Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisSunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh Trump lawsuit against accusation; The Biden administration sees the timeline for mass vaccinations The White House: ‘No decisions’ taken on domestic travel restrictions DeSantis Defends Maskless Crowds After Buccaneers Win Amid COVID-19 Concerns MORE (R) issues a formal announcement, which is expected on Tuesday.

“My kids are 7 and 4. When I started this job, they were 5 and 2,” Moskowitz told USA Today’s Florida Capital Bureau. “I’ve been in this job for 50 percent of my younger life.”

DeSantis confirmed Moskowitz’s planned departure, while praising his work when asked about it during a press conference.

β€œHe’s worked incredibly hard,” he said. “He’s done a great job.”

The governor said Deputy Director of Emergency Management Kevin Guthrie will replace Moskowitz “when Jared is ready to leave.”

Florida Politics first reported Moskowitz’s resignation in a news alert with text messages, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

DeSantis tapped Moskowitz to head the Division of Emergency Management after serving in the State House of Representatives from 2012 to 2019.

The division deals with responding to hurricanes that often overthrow the state, but over the past year, Moskowitz faced another challenge in the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was louder than the governor in promoting social distancing and mask wearing, among other things, by changing his name on Twitter to “Jared Maskowitz.”

As director, he also organized responses to Hurricanes Dorian, Isaias, Laura and Sally.

Florida has documented more than 1.4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 29,275 deaths since the onset of the pandemic. Cases peaked in Sunshine State last summer and in early January along with the rest of the country according to The COVID tracking project.

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