Gov. Ron DeSantis provided an update on coronavirus cases from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami Thursday morning.
Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez, Secretary Mary Mayhew of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, as well as hospital and Miami-Dade County leaders joined him.
The governor announced a five prong approach to fighting COVID-19 in Florida
1. Protect the vulnerable by closing senior centers and daycare, no visitors to nursing homes and restricting access to most vulnerable
2. Increase testing capabilities. State purchases 2500 commercially available test kits. Jackson Memorial Hospital will receive the kits.
3. Increase social distancing measures especially at prisons, official travel for state employees suspended for 30 days, state workers maximize remote working. Recommending local municipalities restrict mass gatherings or large scale events. They should be postponed. If the event is not cancelled, there should be mass screening available before and after.
4. Protecting our healthcare workers. We want to keep our healthcare workers safe and in the game.
5. Monitor international and high risk traffic
According to the Florida Department of Health, 31 Florida residents have tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19, and two have died.
Health officials said a passenger infected with the virus arrived at Palm Beach International Airport Wednesday night aboard a JetBlue flight from New York.
People in the vicinity of the patient were advised of monitoring procedures, while remaining passengers were released and given directions to call the health department with any concerns.
WATCH the governor live here.