Florida To Do More Antibody Tests

Miami – The state of Florida added more than 600 new cases of COVID-19 this Monday, for a total of 32,138 confirmed and 1,088 deaths, 14 more deaths than on Sunday, while a “shipment” of antibody tests is expected to find out the figures. more real, advanced today the governor, Ron DeSantis.

There are currently 5,010 people hospitalized as a result of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, according to data from the state Department of Health.

At a press conference from Tampa General Hospital on the west coast of Florida, DeSantis was optimistic about the unfolding of the contagion curve by saying that “the apocalyptic scenarios we were working on weeks ago fortunately did not happen.”


In Florida, where according to the governor’s figures 21.3 million people live, “out of 42 tests (which are made of coronaviruses) a positive test, more or less.”

A total of 358,127 tests have been carried out in the state. According to the governor, about 10,000 can be done daily in different laboratories.

DeSantis said they are studying whether pharmacies can do these tests going forward.

The first shipment of antibody tests for asymptomatic individuals will arrive in Florida on May 1. They will be sent by the federal government, added DeSantis.

“If a nurse is working with patients and they do this test, they will be more protected,” she said.

DeSantis cited the recent University of Miami (UM) survey based on blood tests with asymptomatic people, to measure the antibody status.

The trial found that at least 60% of Miami-Dade’s population had the virus “probably and didn’t know it,” the governor noted.

Miami-Dade continues with the highest levels of contagion in the state and this Monday marked 11,570 cases, 36 percent of the entire state.

Likewise, the deaths add up to 302 in this county.

Fairly far behind, Broward follows, with 4,794 cases and 174 deaths from the pandemic.

The third in cases is Palm Beach, with 2,763 and 156, respectively.

Of the 67 counties in the state, these three are located in the southeast and are mostly touristy, along with Monroe, where the Florida Keys are and which currently numbers 79 cases and 3 deaths.

Both city and county authorities and state officials are preparing for a week of decisions when the end of the confinement ordered by DeSantis throughout the state, which began to take effect from April 1, comes next Thursday, April 30. .

The governor has said that he is not in a hurry to open and that it will do so “methodically and well”, staggered and without the need for “artificial dates”.