Gov DeSantis says Florida had record number of test results back in one day

Reporter: Erika Jackson
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Governor DeSantis. Photo via WINK News

Governor Ron DeSantis was in Sarasota County on Tuesday holding a briefing regarding COVID-19.

DeSantis said the state got the highest number of test results back on Monday, with a total of 24,000. And of those 24,000 results returned, only about 500 came back positive.

Jared Moskowitz, the director,  of the Florida Division of Emergency Management said, “The whole point of the mobile lab, is to get results faster for our long-term care facilities. So these people are going to get swabbed, they’re going to get results the same day.”
Another plan to keep cases to a minimum is to find out who has antibodies, adding that 200,000 antibody tests are also available in the state. Some of those will be used at state-supported test sites.
DeSantis said, “We’re going to have lanes dedicated to antibody testing at our drive-through sites so you’ll be able to come by and get through that.”

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The governor says he will also announce a plan for what he calls a “first of its kind” mobile rapid testing lab for COVID-19 in Florida on Wednesday.

The lab will be in an RV and start at long-term care facilities—with results coming back in just 45 minutes.

DeSantis added, “The number of documented cases is one thing, the number of people with antibodies is far, far in excess.”

The temperatures are getting warmer which means we’re approaching hurricane season. But the state says it’s making sure it has enough supplies before our chances for storms increase.

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