DeSantis gives update on Florida's Coronavirus response

Posted at 7:24 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 19:24:35-05

COLLIER COUNTY — Governor DeSantis was in Collier County Friday, giving an update on the spread of the Coronavirus in Florida, and the news is pretty good right now.

No new cases in the last 24 hours. The Governor said there were five healthcare workers who were at high risk of contracting the virus, and as of Friday, they have all tested negative.

DeSantis said those healthcare workers were treating a patient who had COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus, in Manatee County. The patient and all five of those healthcare workers are now in quarantine for at least 14 days.

Meanwhile, DeSantis said there are plenty of resources on the way to help stop the spread.

“I am requesting $25 million from the state legislature to be appropriated in this current year for the department of health so that we can use immediately, upon my signature, to assist with the COVID-19 response," said DeSantis.

In addition to that $25 million from the state, the governor expects at least $27 million from the federal government, because he said the threat is not over.

“As there is more testing done, there’s likely to be more cases that are identified, not sure how many. One thing about this virus is, we really don’t have a good handle on how many people have carried it that really exhibit very little or no symptoms," said DeSantis.

DeSantis also said that right now, the state does have enough test-kits to meet the demand, and he is requesting more from HHS to make sure Florida is prepared. He also said several private companies may help provide those kits as well.