As Florida just surpassed 12,350 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 221 deaths, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has just announced that the state has tested 102,000 Floridians for the virus, second-most in the nation behind New York state.
DeSantis has been widely criticized by Florida Democrats who claim that he hasn’t done enough to protect Floridians from contracting the deadly disease, but according to the testing results from the state health officials, it appears as if DeSantis’ may have been proven wrong.
Democrats continue pointing at DeSantis’ decision not to shut down the state sooner, with some actually blaming him for future infections and deaths.
If anything, Democrats could make the case that Florida does not have sufficient personnel protective equipment (PPE), but that argument could be short-lived as Jared Moskowitz, the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, is personally trolling for the scarce supplies, and because of the immense pressure he put on the leading N95 protective mask producer, 3M, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act.
As of 11 am today, we’ve tested 102K people for #COVID19 – making Florida second in the nation for testing. I appreciate the efforts of @FLSERT, @HealthyFla, @FLGuard and all of the health care workers and first responders on the front lines of this fight.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 4, 2020
Moskowitz’s office has erected eight state-supported Coronavirus testing facilities in Florida:
- The Orange County Convention Center
- The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami
- South Dade Government Center in Miami-Dade County
- Marlins Stadium in Miami
- TIAA Bank Field Lot J in Jacksonville
- CB Smith Park in Broward County
- The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach County
- Raymond James Stadium in Tampa