State of Florida issues COVID-19 update

Published: May. 3, 2020 at 5:17 PM CDT
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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 issue this update every day, seven days per week.

Governor Ron DeSantis is in constant communication with the 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.

Sunday, Governor DeSantis hosted a panel discussion in Daytona with Halifax Health President and CEO Jeff Feasel, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Margaret G. Crossman and doctors Peter K. Harman and Robert J. Feezor to discuss restarting elective surgeries beginning Monday and steps taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Ron DeSantis also announced that Saturday the Florida Division of Emergency Management received the first shipment of 200,000 antibody tests. These antibody tests will be essential in determining how widespread COVID-19 is in asymptomatic individuals and in helping individuals return to their jobs.

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

Approximately 2,711 Florida National Guardsmen have been mobilized to support Florida’s response to COVID-19. To date, the FLNG has assisted in the testing of more than 120,872 individuals for the COVID-19 virus.

To date, the Florida Department of Transportation has collected 16,300 traveler forms at the I-10 and I-95 checkpoints and 22,600 traveler forms at public-use airports across the state.