Charlotte County’s state of emergency is in effect for at least another week.
The Department of Health in the county said most of the cases there are clusters, meaning they’re focused in specific workplaces or facilities, and it’s not widespread with random cases throughout the community.
In the event of a surge, health department administrator Dr. Joe Pepe says he’s confident with the amount of respiratory equipment available in Charlotte, with 11 new ventilators just brought into the county health department.
Dr. Pepe said, “They are being put into service as back up. They operate on a battery. They are for adult and pediatric so those are able to be moved around wherever needed.”
Dr. Pepe also said the Department of Health is still using the nasal swabs for testing locally, but they’re trying to get access to rapid swab testing.