(update 5/22/2020 at 7:00 pm)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware regarding the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health will continue to issue this update every day through Phase 1 of Florida’s reopening plan. Once the state moves into Phase 2, DOH will provide this update once per week. However, DOH will continue to update the COVID-19 dashboard and post the state report daily.
Governor Ron DeSantis is in constant communication with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees as the State of Florida continues to monitor and respond to the threat of COVID-19.
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference with City of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry in Jacksonville at the Ed Austin Park Basketball Park where he announced Executive Order 20-131, which states that Florida is lifting restrictions on organized youth activities, including summer camps and athletics.
Governor DeSantis also participated in a tour and roundtable at Dolphin Pointe Health Center with United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew to highlight the state’s efforts to support COVID-19 patients.
Recent actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:
- At the direction of Governor DeSantis, the state has established 15 drive-thru and 15 walk-up testing sites across the state, with more coming online. More than 210,000 people have been tested at these sites. Floridians can find a site near them here.
- The state has deployed antibody testing for firs responders to five drive-thru sites located in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Orange and Duval counties. The sites with antibody tests are:
- FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
- Hard Rock Stadium
- Miami Beach Convention Center
- Orange County Convention Center
- TIAA Bank Field Lot J
- To date, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has sent the following PPE to support health care workers and first responders:
- 26.5 million masks
- More than 10.7 million gloves
- Nearly 1.7 million face shields
- More than 1.1 million shoe covers
- More than 479 thousand gowns
- More than 200 thousand containers of hand sanitizer
- Nearly 91 thousand goggles
- 48 thousand coveralls
- Approximately 2,229 Florida National Guardsmen (FLNG) are mobilized to support Florida’s response to COVID-19.
- FLNG has expanded its support to mobile testing teams and the community-based and walk-up test sites. To date, the FLNG has assisted in the testing of more than 252,000 individuals for the COVID-19 virus.
- The state workforce board and all 24 local workforce development boards are assisting with CONNECT PIN resets and processing applications.
- Florida’s local workforce development boards are working with community partners, libraries, local legislators and other organizations for additional Reemployment Assistance application distribution.
- FDOT is leading the coordination of DOH and the Florida Highway Patrol to implement Executive Order 20-86. To date, more than 40,800 traveler forms have been collected at the I-10 and I-95 checkpoints.
- FDOT continues to coordinate with public use airports, DOH and law enforcement to implement Executive Order 20-80. To date, more than 41,500 traveler forms have been collected at public use airports across the state.
Additional actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
- To date, the Florida Department of Health has reported more than 1,000 contact tracers who are assisting with COVID-19 efforts across the state.
- DOH announced that the list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases will now include active cases in each facility in order to provide real-time data. The list of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases is available