(updated 7/10/2020 at 9:00 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.
Today, Governor DeSantis, at a press conference in Orlando, announced Florida hospitals will receive an additional 17,080 vials of remdesivir.
Governor DeSantis also directed the state to deploy 100 nurses to support Jackson Health in Miami-Dade as they continue to care for COVID-19 positive patients. The state is also sending up to 100 nurses to Bay Care in Tampa, with 60 already deployed.
To continue supporting statewide COVID-19 testing efforts, Governor DeSantis announced select state-supported COVID-19 testing sites will begin offering separate, observed self-swab lanes for symptomatic individuals to expedite their results.
This week, Governor DeSantis hosted a press conference at UF Health The Villages to provide an update on the state’s COVID-19 response and also hosted a roundtable discussion with Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew at the Pan American Hospital in Miami and announced the Pan American Hospital is operating as COVID-19 isolation center for individuals in long-term care facilities.
Governor DeSantis also joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia at the Jacksonville Port Authority Administrative Offices to discuss the state’s COVID-19 response and the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Recent actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:
- The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has posted a list of Agency for Persons with Disabilities Licensed Group Homes with positive COVID-19 cases. This report will be updated weekly and is available here.
- This week, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) worked with the federal government to establish three temporary drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Duval County. These sites will be operational until Wednesday, July 15. Locations for these testing sites are available here.
- FDEM has paid out $234,041,227 in CARES Act disbursements to 44 counties. More information about CARES Act funding is available here.
- To date, the Division has sent the following PPE to support health care workers and first responders:
- More than 44 million masks
- More than 13.5 million gloves
- More than 1.9 million face shields
- More than 1.1 million shoe covers
- More than 3.2 million gowns
- More than 95 thousand goggles
- More than 63 thousand coveralls
- To date, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has made more than 2,000 onsite visits to facilities and more than 33,000 telephone calls to residential providers statewide to provide support and determine emergent needs of facilities.
- AHCA added an additional tab to the Hospital Bed Capacity Dashboard to reflect hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.
- The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is expanding COVID-19 testing at institutions when indicated by a positive case. More than 200,000 inmates have been tested.
- Florida Education Commissioner Corcoran issued Emergency Order 2020-06 – Further Guidance for Closing Achievement Gaps and Creating Safe Spaces for Learning that:
- Ensures that Florida schools are open for in-person learning and in compliance with the many educationally important state and federal laws that ensure an equitable education for all types of learners, including our many at-risk students.
- Gave districts and schools flexibility to craft their own locally conceived plans, a request from districts, charters and private schools.
- Gave districts and schools guidance and flexibility on how to compassionately mainta