Last night, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that at Governor’s DeSantis direction, it will be ordering additional supplies and personal protective equipment, all part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, adding resources to High-Impact Areas like Broward County, which has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State at 55 (as of 6 p.m. Tuesday).
The State is deploying three field hospitals, including one to that is on its way to Broward County, while one is already staged in Orlando and one will be set up in Ocala.
After a detailed needs assessment, FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz has requested the following supplies through Direct Federal Assistance:
- 5 mobile intensive care units
- 5,000 ventilators
- 5,000 hospital beds
- 50,000 two oz. bottles of hand sanitizer
- 250,000 coveralls
- 500,000 gloves
- 500,000 gowns
- 500,000 collection kits
- 100,000 16 oz. bottles of hand sanitizers
- 150,000 Personal Protective Equipment kits, including coveralls, gowns, and goggles
- 2 million N95 face masks
Inventory is being distributed 24 hours a day on a rolling basis throughout the state.
- Director Moskowitz is working with the feds to gauge capacity to add US Navy Mercy-Class ships at Florida ports.
- Mobile COVID-19 testing is also being implemented although the Palm Beach site had to shut down operations Tuesday after extreme high demand.
- National Guard is deployed in Broward County and on standby to assist throughout the state as necessary.