Florida's local and state leaders treating preparations for COVID-19 like a hurricane

  • Source: WFOX-TV 30 Jacksonville
  • Published: 02/28/2020 12:00 AM

Local and state leaders are preparing for COVID-19 like they would a hurricane. The local emergency operation center is now active in Jacksonville ahead of a potential coronavirus outbreak. While there are currently no cases in Florida, local and state leaders said now is the time to be prepared. Our firefighters and paramedics are the first line of defense, along with health care workers. They’ll likely be the ones to transport someone showing COVID-19 cases. Today, they got a chance to meet with Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis to discuss preparedness. The Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker was displayed up on the screen during the Firefighter Coronavirus Preparedness Roundtable at FSCJ’s downtown campus Thursday. “This is no different than pre-staging for hurricane,” said Patronis. Mayor Lenny Curry said all hands are on deck.


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