TAMPA (WFLA) – Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried held moment of silence Wednesday for Floridians who have died from COVID-19.
According to the latest data from the CDC, Florida has reported 44,561 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
At Wednesday’s press event, Fried read the names of a number of Floridians who died of COVID-19, including Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christopher Broadhead, 32, who died on Aug. 23.
“They will never be forgotten. These days it can feel like we’ve been more divided than ever, but I ask of you right now, in this moment, put all of that aside. We must grieve and remember together as a collective loss that we have felt in the state of Florida,” Fried said before leading the audience into a moment of silence.
Fried went on to urge Floridians to get vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus.
“Please, in the memory of the 45,000 Floridians who were taken too soon, please get vaccinated, please wear a mask,” she said.
The 2022 gubernatorial hopeful has been pushing for Gov. DeSantis to push for the return of daily coronavirus reports and to issue an emergency order to draw in federal resources.