Governor DeSantis and South Florida Leaders Introduce "Safer at Home" Campaign

Posted at 11:14 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 11:14:53-04

Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, which is a COVID-19 testing site.

DeSantis, along with the mayors of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties promoted the "Safer at Home" campaign to encourage people to stay inside and practice social distancing. This set of rules will be in effect until the middle of may in the four counties.

"It gets all four counties operating under the same sheet of music," Gov. DeSantis said, adding that 60 percent of COVID-19 cases in the state are in southeast Florida.

It was also announced that Florida has obtained more than 2,000 rapid COVID-19 tests, which can provide results in 45 minutes. Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County will receive 1,750 kits, and 500 will go to North Florida.

"We've asked for a lot of those tests, and as soon as we get them, we will deploy them strategically in the fight against COVID-19," the governor said.

The governor also announced that effective immediately, retired law enforcement and health care personnel can return to the workforce.

"Current law in Florida prohibits personnel that retires from the state workforce from returning to work for six months from the date of retirement," DeSantis said. "I will suspend that prohibition."