(update 5/26/2020 at 9:00 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 in Miami announcing the appointment of Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Renatha Francis and Miami attorney John Couriel to the Florida Supreme Court.
Recent actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:
- This week, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) began administering the Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. The program is offered by the federal CARES Act and provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to a claimant who has exhausted Reemployment Assistance. For more information, please click here.
- To date, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has sent the following PPE to support health care workers and first responders:
- Nearly 27.5 million masks
- More than 11 million gloves
- Nearly 1.7 million face shields
- More than 1.1 million shoe covers
- More than 567 thousand gowns
- 90 thousand goggles
- 49 thousand coveralls
- The Florida Department of Elder Affairs participated in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Region IV COVID-19 Consultation Roundtable Call with the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is disseminating information on the hiring of former first responders to assist Florida Division of Emergency Management field operations.
- FDLE continues to work with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) on the process for enforcing the 50% seating capacity limit for the re-opening of restaurants, as well as establishing DBPR points of contacts for fielding complaints about violations.
- Approximately 2,427 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 273,000 individuals for the COVID-19 virus.
- Due to continued lower traffic volumes as a result of COVID-19, FDOT expedited more than 40 additional critical transportation projects by at least 650 total contract days, while also providing essential jobs to Floridians. Find more information about FDOT’s accelerated projects here.
- FDOT is leading the coordination of DOH and the Florida Highway Patrol to implement Executive Order 20-86. To date, more than 46,200 traveler forms have been collected at the I-10 and I-95 checkpoints.
- FDOT continues