Nearly half of the Lee County Legislative Delegation is sick with COVID-19.
While paperwork has been scanned in, Sen. Ray Rodrigues and Reps. Mike Giallombardo and Adam Botana all were excused from swearing-in ceremonies in Tallahassee on Tuesday. Instead of attending lawmaker university in person, the freshmen in the delegation must watch videos streamed online and communicate through computer chat software as they develop critical relationships in the chamber.
“But Speaker [Chris] Sprowls has talked to us,” said Botana, a Bonita Springs Republican. “We’ll do something at a later date. You just have got to be concerned about everybody.”
Botana, who came down with a scratchy throat and tested positive for COVID-19 the weekend after the election, hoped he’d be done with the coronavirus by now. He actually drove himself to Tallahassee hoping to be sworn in, but when he was administered with another test, it still came back positive. He stresses he drove to the Capitol alone and didn’t interact with people except for testing staff.
“Now I’m stuck at home and the dog and I are watching each other.
The same weekend Botana first was tested, Rodrigues went into the doctor for a