(update 6/20/2020 at 5:00 am)
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.
Today, at Florida International University, Governor DeSantis hosted a roundtable discussion with Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew regarding the state’s upcoming PSA campaigns for COVID-19, hospital bed capacity in the state and Florida’s COVID-19 data. The discussion is available here.
This week, Governor DeSantis also issued Executive Order 20-149 which addresses safe and efficient voting environments in the upcoming elections. This includes:
- Suspending limited provisions of F.S. 101.68(2)(a);
- Implementing proper social distancing and cleaning procedures at polling locations;
- Encouraging school districts to close all K-12 schools on Primary Election Day and General Election Day to use as precinct polling locations;
- Encouraging state employees to serve as a poll worker in the county which they are an elector; and
- Directing Supervisors of Elections to provide timely notice to the public regarding any changes in voting locations or procedures.
This week, First Lady Casey DeSantis highlighted state agencies’ mental health response during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The First Lady encourages all Floridians, including health care workers and first responders, to take advantage of free mental health support. More information is available here.
Recent actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:
- This week, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that the Division paid out CARES Act disbursements to four counties, one week after the funding was announced. More information about CARES Act funding is available here.
- This week, FDEM issued additional guidance to all Florida counties for the Co-Response Pre-Landfall Tropical Weather Guidance. This guidance includes updated Non-Congregate Sheltering Guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA’s Non-Congregate Sheltering Guidance is available here.
- To date, the Division has sent the following PPE to support health care workers and first responders:
- More than 34.7 million masks
- More than 11.5 million gloves
- More than 1.7 million face shields
- More than 1.1 million shoe covers
- More than 1.6 million gowns
- More than 92 thousand goggles
- More than 56 thousand coveralls
- To date, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has made more than 1,800 onsite visits to facilities and more than 24,500 telephone calls to residential providers statewide to provide support and determine emergent needs of facilities.
- On June 16, AHCA issued Emergency Rule 59AER20-4 and