Miami-Dade has 9,045 cases and Broward 3,838. The two counties have the highest number of infected people in the state, where 748 people have already died from COVID-19.
In addition, Palm Beach County has 2,138 positive cases and Monroe 73. A total of 3,745 people have been hospitalized in the state during this outbreak, which does not mean that they are all hospitalized at this time.
In central and western Florida, Orange County reports 1,180 cases and Hillsborough County a total of 943.
The city of Miami had 5,473 cases, followed by Hialeah with 1,140, Hollywood with 1,057, Fort Lauderdale with 865, Orlando with 863, Tampa with 615, Miami Beach with 615 and West Palm Beach with 389.
Conference of Governor Ron DeSantis April 18
More than 31 tests have been done in the state to detect Covid-19, said the governor of Florida on Saturday. “The National Guard helps us organize the creation of places where the tests can be reached on foot.”
The students will remain in their homes as the schools will continue with distance education as it has been happening in the last days. “We are building a team to see how the state begins to prepare for a possible economic reopening.”
“The safety of the elderly,” DeSantis emphasized, “has been essential since the beginning of this pandemic,” which is why we work with many hospitals and centers for the elderly to carry out all the necessary tests where 6627 people have been tested. “Fatalities in these places must be avoided.”
The governor explained that they continue to monitor travelers arriving from places like New York and New Orleans, who are asked to go 14 days in quarantine without moving within the state.
Governor Ron DeSantis Conference April 17
“Taking evidence has been one of our most crucial parts of the strategy to fight Covid-19,” said Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, at a press conference offered this Friday where he announced the opening of two new analysis centers. of coronavirus in Broward County.
This time it will be from person to person and not in self-service or Drive-thru mode. “If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you can walk to these two new centers to be examined, no matter where you have traveled, you can also set up an appointment,” the governor explained.
The new analytics centers will open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be in Fort Lauderdale at the Urban League located at 560 Northwest and 27th Avenue. Also at Pompano Beach at Mitchell Moore Park located at 901 Northwest and 10th Street.
“We are going to start doing 200 tests a day and see how we are doing in order to create other similar centers throughout the state, such as Miami-Dade County,” DeSantis explained.
The place will be controlled by members of the national guard as well as health personnel to establish that the rules of social distancing of 6 feet are respected, in addition masks will be delivered to patients.
“We are also making huge changes to our systems to lift the economy of our residents, improvising our payroll systems for the thousands of unemployment applicants. We have more than 2,000 people who will take calls. ”
The phone you can call to set up an appointment at these two new test centers is 954-412-7300.
Governor Ron DeSantis Conference, April 16th
He discussed new sites for Covid-19 testing by the Health Department that anyone with symptoms can go to. He said he has a fund for those applying for unemployment benefits and that Floridians will receive about $ 600.
The governor confessed to signing an executive order to remove the two-week procedure for receiving unemployment benefits.
Likewise, he said that the state is ready
to face an increase in hospitalizations with bed capacity in
the hospitals. He announced that the number of cases in the state remains
Governor Ron DeSantis Conference April 15
Governor Ron DeSantis emphasized that there continues to be an emphasis on continuing many trials. He said that most of the hospitalizations have been for people over 65 and with previous medical conditions.
The less than 65 hospitalized is because they have certain previous medical conditions.
He pointed out that in Florida they have made sure that the hospital system has all the conditions to receive patients who need hospitalizations with more than 22 thousand beds available in the state and that the hospitals will not be overwhelmed.
He also asked that people keep doing the things they are doing to distance themselves from social control in order to keep control of the epidemic.
He announced that he wants to form a multidisciplinary team with people from the private sector and the different institutions to develop a plan to reopen the state.
Governor Ron DeSantis Conference April 14
The governor announced that medical supplements for health personnel are ready to be delivered and thanked President Trump for the help.
He also said that they have begun to do more tests of Covid-19 in nursing homes for both patients and employees to prevent the spread of contagion in these centers.
At the same time, he announced that more than 200,000 tests of Covid-19 have been carried out in Florida, following the South Korean pattern of doing as many tests as possible, to try to find as many people as possible and thus be able to cut the contagion network.
He emphasized that the most contagious counties are South Florida, where hospital bed availability exceeds 40%.
Governor Ron DeSantis Conference, April 13th
In an appearance this Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis discussed several important issues. He stressed that new measures will be implemented, since several dozen cases of older people have been presented in care centers. Measures such as taking the temperature of people who visit these centers. He said that people who have been exposed to the virus in recent days have been strictly prohibited from visiting a nursing home since the beginning of the crisis.
He said the state agency that runs the senior centers has made several dozen visits to make sure the elderly are protected, and that these measures have been endorsed by the CDC.
As for the virus tests, he said that when you see the numbers for Florida compared to Texas and California, he considers that it is not a very high number. He said that most of the tests have been done by private laboratories.
He also said that they continue to focus on maintaining the number of beds available in Florida hospitals, and in South Florida where the majority of contagion cases are focused.
Coinference from Governor Ron DeSantis, April 10th
Last week, the governor had said authorities are doing their best “to expand access to results in the shortest possible time. We have worked with hospitals so that all Florida centers have access to the necessary equipment.”
DeSantis said that state hospitals have 43% capacity to care for potential patients. He announced that in state 1 of every 140 Floridians undergo tests for the coronavirus, with the aim of preventing the virus from spreading.
DeSantis said Florida will receive 2 million face masks and 300,000 face shields, 350,000 gloves, among other supplies, for health workers. Similarly, work is being done to increase the number of beds for care and the number of respirators.
Regarding the educational system, he said that Vice President Mike Pence recognizes Florida as the leader in distance education, which has been operating efficiently, with a virtual management system that has increased its capacity for 2.7 million students and more. 2 million parents and 700 thousand teachers have the educational guides.
Regarding preventive measures against the new virus, some cities in Florida are joining the trend of making it mandatory for people who work in essential businesses (the only ones open) or are dedicated to the delivery of food and other products to their homes. covered the mouth and nose.
The measure has already been adopted by the counties with the most cases in the state: Miami-Dade and Broward.
On the other hand, it was also learned that the US Army Corps of Engineers will transform the recently renovated facilities of the Miami Beach Convention Center into a hospital, with a delivery deadline of April 27, although they believe they will have it ready a week before.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said 184 National Guard medical employees will work at the hospital, which would open with 450 beds, of which 50 will be for intensive care.
“This will provide a lot of resources should the need arise to be able to care for patients,” DeSantis said at a news conference at the center on Wednesday.
DeSantis said the facility will be able to scale up to 1,000 beds and, unlike other field hospitals across the country, will be aimed at patients with COVID-19.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez said the decision to install 450 preliminary beds downtown was made to prepare the city for the worst-case scenario. “We hope we don’t need to use it, but if the worst happens, we are ready,” said Giménez, who also thanked Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber for giving up that space.
DeSantis, who has issued a state-wide stay-at-home order since April 2, congratulated Florida residents for complying with these directions.
DeSantis announced that rapid tests for COVID-19 will be used and asymptomatic people who have had contact with patients will be able to access the tests for the first time.
What there is no doubt about is the great negative impact that the new virus has on the employment and income of people with fewer resources.
This Saturday, two free food deliveries organized by the charity Feeding South Florida brought together hundreds of people in Miami and Miramar, who stood in long lines from five hours before the scheduled start date, according to local media images.
Initiatives like these have sprung up across the state since non-core businesses in the state were ordered to close and thousands of people lost their jobs.
According to the Department of Labor, in February 2020 Florida had an unemployment level of 2.8%, one of the lowest in the country, which overall had a rate of 3.5%, the lowest in half a century.
The situation has radically changed with COVID-19.
The governor said they acquired new servers to help keep the website to apply for unemployment benefits active, which collapsed last week. State employees are working 24 hours to help people trying to apply for compensation claims.