MIAMI (CBSMiami) – New details have emerged on the masking incident involving the newly-appointed Florida surgeon general and a state senator.

Dr. Joseph Ladapo was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of State Sen. Tina Polsky, who told him she had a serious medical condition.

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After refusing, that’s when Polsky said things began to escalate.

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“I was very concerned. He was there with two aides, so there were three of them not wearing masks. And it’s a very small waiting area in my office, and my office is not very large, either. So before we started doing all of our advocacy and constituent meeting, we set up a system with requiring masks,” she said. “So they are all standing around in my waiting room not wearing a mask and it became really uncomfortable and basically a negotiation happening and it went on way too long. ”

Polsky was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, but had not made it public.

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In an email following the incident, the Department of Health says they will be “addressing this directly with members of the senate, rather than letting this play out publicly.”

CBSMiami.com Team