(update 6/12/2020 at 8:00 pm)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. As of Friday, June 5 the state has moved into Phase 2 of Florida’s reopening plan. The Florida Department of Health will now issue 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.

This week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state of Florida’s plan to disburse up to $1.275 billion in CARES Act funds to counties with a population below 500,000. Using a phased approach, the Florida Division of Emergency Management will distribute funds to the remaining counties, beginning with an initial disbursement of 25% of each county’s allocation. Learn more here.

This week, Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Richard Corcoran also announced recommendations for local communities to consider as they finalize plans to reopen safe and healthy schools that are set up for success. This plan outlines nearly $475 million in state directed education financial assistance provided to Florida through the CARES Act. More information on the recommendations can be found here.

Recent actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:

  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that they partnered with Home Depot and Quest Diagnostics to create three additional testing sites. Locations are available here.
  • To date, the Division has sent the following PPE to support health care workers and first responders:
    • More than 30.5 million masks
    • More than 11.2 million gloves
    • Nearly 1.7 million face shields
    • More than 1.1 million shoe covers
    • More than 1.4 million gowns
    • More than 91 thousand goggles
    • Nearly 54 thousand coveralls
  • To date, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has made more than 1,600 onsite visits to facilities and more than 21,000 telephone calls to residential providers statewide to provide support and determine emergent needs of facilities.
  • The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) issued Emergency Order 2020-08 which extends the deadlines for examination eligibility and licensure eligibility through December 31, 2020, for professional licenses regulated pursuant to Chapter 455, Florida Statutes, and the related professional practice acts. The Order supersedes section 4 of DBPR Emergency Order 2020-03, which had previously extended these deadlines through May 31, 2020.
  • Governor Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants through July 4, 2020. Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through August 1, 2020.
  • Florida Education Commissioner Corcoran issued Emergency Order 2020-EO-04 and 2020-EO-05 that:
    • Provides students will pathways to meet eligibility requirements for the Bright Future Scholarship including flexibility to satisfy volunteer hour requirements and extends the date a student can take the SAT and ACT.
    • Provides greater flexibility for early learning providers to deliver high quality summer instruction and recovery services.
  • The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) Restaurant Meal Initiative, when combined with traditional meal delivery, has increased over 200 percent, and the total number of DOEA restaurant meals alone stands at over 690,000.
  • The Administration for Community Living (ACL) Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson provided an update on DOEA COVID-19 efforts to the Florida Aging Network.
  • DOEA participated in a consultation group roundtable call with Region IV of the State Units on Aging (SUA) and the SUA Directors for the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • DOEA distributed a Mental Health Campaign entitled, “Talk It Out” to the Executive Directors of all 11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA).
  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to implement their phased reopening of the Florida State Parks. Approximately 172 of 175 Florida State Parks and trails are partially opened. As these parks are reopening, DEP is taking measures to ensure the protection of staff and the public. During this phase of reopening, visitors should expect limited hours, capacity and amenities. See the latest park and trail information here.
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is coordinating with the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association to test law enforcement exposed to mass gatherings for COVID-19.
  • Since March 1, 2020, Floridians have conducted over 1.4 million motor vehicle and credential transactions virtually through the department’s online services webpage: com. FLHSMV encourages Floridians who can to complete their driver license or motor vehicle transactions online, rather than in person at a driver license office.
  • Approximately 2,215 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 361,608 individuals for the COVID-19 virus.
  • The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) has received 8 pallets of cloth masks from the State Emergency Operations Center. A pallet of 22,500 masks was sent to the six APD regional offices and to APD Headquarters. The masks will be distributed to APD employees, group homes and other providers to protect APD customers.
  • FDOT continues to lead the coordination of DOH and the Florida Highway Patrol to implement Executive Order 20-86 at the I-95 checkpoint. To date, more than 34,300 traveler forms have been collected at the I-95 checkpoint.
  • FDOT continues to coordinate with public use airports, DOH and law enforcement to implement Executive Order 20-80. To date, more than 84,800 traveler forms have been collected at public use airports across the state.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has resumed committal services in Florida’s VA National Cemeteries. To make burial arrangements, contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at (800) 535-1117.

Additional actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

  • The Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced that antibody COVID-19 test results data is now available. This report will be provided once a week and contains county, race and lab information on antibody COVID-19 tests conducted in Florida. That report is available here.
  • To date, DOH 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 here.
  • DOH is providing a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county. Previously, this information was only available for select communities. The surveillance data report is available here.
  • At the direction of Governor DeSantis, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees declared a Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 in Florida.
  • DOH established a public call center for questions regarding COVID-19. The call center launched Monday, March 2, and is open 24/7.
  • DOH established mechanisms for monitoring and coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding epidemiological activities.
  • DOH distributed CDC Interim Guidance for public health personnel evaluating Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed cases at their home or non-home residential settings to CHDs.
  • DOH approved and disseminated an updated Clinician Screening Tool for identifying COVID-19 PUIs.
  • DOH implemented testing at all three State Public Health Laboratories and distributed updated laboratory guidance regarding implementation of testing at State Public Health Laboratories.
  • DOH has worked to implement additional private lab testing.
  • DOH has developed and disseminated pandemic planning guidance.
  • Advised CHDs and HCCs to retain expired personal protective equipment until further notice.
  • DOH is continuing support for long-term care facilities with REST teams. DOH strike teams have completed assessments for 3,874 long term care facilities to determine immediate unmet needs and promote appropriate infection control practices.
  • DOH strike teams are continuing to respond to long term care facilities with COVID-19 positive patients.
  • In an effort to increase testing, Governor DeSantis has directed Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees on an emergency temporary basis to allow licensed pharmacists in Florida to order and administer COVID-19 tests.
  • DOH is working with Florida’s Board of Pharmacy and Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation on mobile pharmacy compliance guidance.

FLORIDA DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that they partnered with Home Depot and Quest Diagnostics to create three additional testing sites. Locations are available here.
  • FDEM announced that an additional three COVID-19 testing sites across the state have been created through a partnership between Publix, FDEM and Quest Diagnostics. Locations are available here.
  • Five state-supported drive-thru testing sites located in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Orange and Duval counties are offering free antibody testing to anyone over the age of 18. The sites with antibody tests are:
    • FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, antibody testing is by appointment only and the site can accept up to 40 appointments per day
      • To make an appointment, call: 561-642-1000
    • Hard Rock Stadium, can test up to 125 individuals per day
    • Miami Beach Convention Center, can test up to 80 individuals per day
    • Orange County Convention Center, can test up to 125 individuals per day
    • TIAA Bank Field Lot J, can test up to 125 individuals per day
  • 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 230,000 people have been tested at these sites. Floridians can find a site near them here.
  • To date, the Division has sent the following PPE to support health care workers and first responders:
    • More than 30.5 million masks
    • More than 11.2 million gloves
    • Nearly 1.7 million face shields
    • More than 1.1 million shoe covers
    • More than 1.4 million gowns
    • More than 91 thousand goggles
    • Nearly 54 thousand coveralls
  • For long-term care facilities alone, the Division has sent:
    • More than 10 million masks
    • 1 million gloves
    • More than 500,000 face shields
    • More than 900,000 gowns
  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management has launched a website to track the mobile lab that is testing long-term care facilities across the state. The website is available here.
  • Find more information on DEM’s response to COVID-19 here.

FLORIDA AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION

  • To date, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has made more than 1,600 onsite visits to facilities and more than 21,000 telephone calls to residential providers statewide to provide support and determine emergent needs of facilities.
  • AHCA issued Emergency Order NO. 20-003 providing financial relief to nursing homes and Intermediate Care Facilities during the sta