ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Florida health officials are deploying three field hospitals statewide as the state's number of infected jumped by nearly half and two deaths were reported at a Fort Lauderdale nursing home.
Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz announced in an email Tuesday night that one field hospital is currently staged in Orlando and can be sent to other areas if needed as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.
Another is on its way to Broward County, which has 80 infected people, more than a third of the state's confirmed cases. Mobile COVID-19 testing also is being implemented in Broward, and the National Guard has been deployed to assist there.
The third field hospital will be set up in Ocala, north of Orlando, and moved elsewhere as needed.
The field hospitals can also be deployed to other areas as needed, according to health officials.
Moskowitz said he’s also working with federal officials to determine whether the state can add U.S. Navy Mercy-class hospital ships at Florida ports.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management 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
Florida health officials said 314 people test positive for COVID-19, including 25 out of state residents who tested positive in Florida and six Florida residents who tested positive elsewhere, according to the state’s dashboard. Six deaths have been reported in Florida.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.