By Christine Sexton, The News Service of Florida
TALLAHASSEE — State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said Friday that 15 people in Florida have tested negative for coronavirus.
The state is monitoring another 150 people for the deadly virus, a significant drop from the 700 people who were at one time under investigation, Gov. Ron DeSantis, who appeared with Rivkees at Palm Beach International Airport Friday afternoon, told reporters.
As of Friday, Florida had no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which began in China and is known as COVID-19.
DeSantis, Rivkees and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez traveled to the airport to meet with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss COVID-19 and the $2.5 billion in emergency funds President Donald Trump is seeking to help fund efforts to prepare for and fight the virus.
“We are going to make sure states like Florida, and your local health officials, have the resources to be able to be prepared for any eventuality,” Pence said. “And in the event that this virus spreads more broadly, that the states are able to be compensated for their efforts.”
Trump tapped Pence on Wednesday to serve as his administration’s point-person on COVID-19. The vice president was accompanied in Florida by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Assistant Surgeon General Stephen Redd, who also serves as director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
The coronavirus has drawn worldwide concern in recent weeks, with the World Health Organization reporting 83,652 confirmed cases as of Friday. The majority of those cases — 78,961 — are in China, where more than 2,700 people have died from the coronavirus disease. COVID-19 is now in 52 countries, including the U.S., according to the WHO.
There are 61 confirmed cases in the United States, Pence said, noting that the figure includes Americans who contracted the virus abroad and have been repatriated into the country.
A vaccine for the deadly virus isn’t expected to be ready for at least 18 months, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has told news outlets.
In naming Pence to the position, Trump boasted of the “great health care” in Indiana, where Pence served as governor.
Pence touched on his gubernatorial background at the press conference with DeSantis Friday afternoon.
“I can assure you that we are going to work very closely with Florida, with states across this country,” Pence said. “I serve as vice president now, but as governor of Indiana, I came to appreciate the vital importance of partnership in dealing with infectious diseases and health issues.”
DeSantis and Rivkees addressed the media a day after the governor told reporters in Tallahassee that he wanted to share information about COVID-19 testing but was advised he couldn’t.
Senate Democrats quickly called their own press conference to criticize the Republican governor for withholding important information from the public.
In a prepared statement issued Friday, Sen. José Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, noted the DeSantis administration’s change in policy.
“I welcome the governor’s reversal on withholding this information, and look forward to a continuation of this transparency as the state monitors the progression of this disease,” Rodriguez said.
Department of Health spokesman Alberto Moscoso said in a statement that Rivkees released the information about the testing after DeSantis reviewed the statute and determined “there is no reason to bar the release of generic information.”
“While it is encouraging that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida at this time, Gov. DeSantis believes we must provide our residents with all the information necessary to prevent the potential spread of this virus,” he wrote.
“15 people in Florida have tested negative for coronavirus” That leaves over 21 million people in Florida that haven’t tested negative for coronavirus
Apparently you never took a logic class or failed.
All liberals see it in their fake media addled brains as “The Trump Virus”.
Tell me I’m wrong!!!!!
You, sir, make a great point. The Fed pumps half-a-trillion into the markets and economy from Oct to Dec of 2019, and Wall Street screams “Coronavirus Selloff” and blames Trump. Coronavirus appears a day or so after US/China trade deal signed, China’s market closes, tech companies sell-off then and now- and it’s all Trump’s fault. Wait til the real story comes out in 20 years.
DJT: “Healthy individuals should be able to fully recover, and we think that will be a statement that we can make with great surety, now that we’ve gotten familiar with this problem. They should be able to recover, should they contract the virus. So healthy people, if you’re healthy, you will probably go through a process and you’ll be fine.
The decision to move so quickly… greatly slowed the spread of the virus to the U.S. and it really gave us time to do some of the critical moves that we’ve done…
We’ve taken the most agressive actions to confront the coronavirus. They are the most aggressive taken by any country.
I really would wish that we could report exactly what’s happened, how well we’re doing under quite adverse circumstances, but we’re doing really well. Very very professionally handled. Our country is prepared for ANY circumstance… whatever the circumstances, we’re prepared.”
You are a genius weaving the words together in such a way that our local liberal voters will begin to question everything their media addled brains have been thinking since kindergarten.
The death rate in South Korea is .000535 of one percent.
It is not a deadly virus. You should be ashamed of this hype.
Well I got something eating at the Golden Corral a week ago. But it wasn’t the flu. Quite the oppsite..end. If you get what I mean. (Sarcasm)?
This finding suggests that CT is a sensitive modality with which to detect COVID-19 pneumonia, even in asymptomatic individuals, and could be considered as a screening tool—together with RT-PCR—when a patient has significant travel history or has had close contact with an infected individual. Furthermore, CT might be a particularly important screening tool in the small proportion of patients who have false-negative RT-PCR results.
In other words, CATscans can diagnose Coronavirus even in patients showing no symptoms.
and 28 more sealed indictments added in December 2019, bringing total in Northern Florida District to 678
my bad, 28 added in January 2020, not December 2019, total at 678 for N. Fla. District
So far, more murders in Tallahassee year-to-date than coronavirus deaths in the whole Nation or the Hemisphere.