(updated 7/24/2020 at 7:00 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 DeSantis delivered an address to Floridians regarding the state’s plans for the upcoming school year and COVID-19. The full address is available here.

  • The Governor stated in his address, “I believe we owe every Florida parent a choice to send your child back to school for in-person instruction, or to opt to maintain distance learning. We support you and want you to feel safe.”

Governor DeSantis joined OneBlood to encourage individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood, which will expand access to convalescent plasma therapy for those still fighting the virus. More information is available here.

Governor DeSantis hosted a roundtable discussion with Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew and physicians and health care leaders from the Florida Hospital Association, Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida and AdventHealth. With 70% of hospitals in Florida being represented, the discussion focused on the status of our state’s hospital system and the ongoing efforts to protect vulnerable populations in long-term care facilities from COVID-19. The roundtable is available here.

On Thursday, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida has secured nearly an additional 11,000 vials of Remdesivir treatment to be sent to Florida hospitals. With this new shipment, more than 60,000 vials of Remdesivir have been provided to hospitals over the past few weeks.

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

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

  • This week, the Florida Department of Health issued an additional Public Health Advisory in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus. Find the full Public Health Advisory here.
  • The Florida Department of Health continues to update the Florida Health COVID-19 website. This week, DOH launched FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov/testing-sites which includes an interactive map displaying current COVID-19 testing sites, hours of operations and type of testing conducted.
  • This week, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) expanded separate, observed self-swab lanes to symptomatic individuals to additional four state-supported drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites. More information is available here. The sites now offering separate, self-swab lanes include:
    • CenturyLink Sports Complex (Lee County)
    • Miami Beach Convention Center (Miami-Dade County)
    • Marlins Park (Miami-Dade County)
    • University Town Center (Sarasota County)
  • This week, FDEM completed Phase 1 of initial disbursements in CARES Act funding to counties with a population of less than 500,000. To date, the Division has disbursed $318,821,445 to 55 counties. More information about CARES Act funding is available here.
  • Under the direction of Governor DeSantis, the Division continues to deploy additional staff to hospitals responding to COVID-19 across the state. To date, 1,293 nurses have been deployed to support hospitals statewide.
  • This week, FDEM announced that the state will be creating an additional seven COVID-19 testing sites through a partnership with Target. Friday, July 24, two of these sites opened in Clay and Nassau counties. More information is available here.
  • This week, FDEM worked with the federal government to establish five temporary drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. These sites will be operational until Sunday, August 2. More information is available here.
  • This week, the Division partnered with the Florida Department of Health and Miami-Dade County to provide 400 additional hotel rooms, free of cost, to Miami-Dade County re