Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Florida News

Ron DeSantis Declares Public Health Emergency After Two Floridians Test Positive for Cornoavirus

On Sunday night, the Florida Department of Health announced that two residents of the state’s west coast tested positive for the virus.

Share this story:

Two residents of Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Sunday night, the Florida Department of Health announced that two residents of the state’s west coast tested positive for the virus.

“Florida has 2 presumptive positive #COVID19 cases: one adult resident of Hillsborough County and one adult resident of Manatee County. Both individuals are isolated and being appropriately cared for,” the department posted on Twitter.

In the meantime, the Department of Health continues to monitor another 184 Florida residents for coronavirus.

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a public health emergency on Sunday. He will be meeting with key leaders including Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees on Monday.

“The dedicated professionals at our county health departments, as well as those working at local medical providers, are well equipped to address these and future cases. State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees has taken appropriate, decisive action to help affect the best possible outcomes, and I will continue directing our state agencies to do whatever is necessary to prioritize the health and well-being of Florida residents,” DeSantis said on Sunday.

On Saturday, DeSantis met with Vice President Mike Pence who is the Trump administration’s point man on coronavirus.

“I requested the vice president help provide local testing kits, additional medical supplies and federal supplementation for those that may be held in isolation for an extended period of time,” the governor noted on Saturday.

See also  Ron DeSantis Receives 27 Bills from the Florida Legislature

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, pledged to work with the state and federal government to ensure Florida is prepared for coronavirus.

“The health and safety of every Floridian, especially the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, remain my highest priority,” Rubio said on Sunday night. “I will continue to work with the Trump administration and Governor DeSantis to ensure our state has the resources and information it needs. I am working with my colleagues in Congress on a funding package to ensure Florida has every available federal resource to respond to the coronavirus, and I look forward to its swift passage in the coming weeks.”

Over on the other side of Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, also sounded an optimistic note about federal funding to battle the coronavirus.

ng to quickly advance a strong emergency funding package to ensure the government has necessary resources to address this deadly virus and keep Americans safe,” Frankel said on Friday.

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

Author

  • Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

    View all posts
Share this story:
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow our Facebook Page

Follow us on X, Insta, Linkedin
<

Related Stories

Florida Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature: CS/HB 141 – Economic Development CS/CS/HB 1363 – Traffic...

Immigration

With the 2024 Presidential Election less than six months away, a recent poll shows that most Americans (52%) prefer a candidate who supports mass...

Most Recent

Is it possible that Nikki Haley could play the spoiler in the general election and do Haley voters take enough votes from Donald Trump...

Governor Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/CS/HB 267 – Building Regulations – Requires the Florida Building Commission to modify provisions in the...