Gov. Ron DeSantis Declares State of Emergency After Recent Influx of Coronavirus

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state to receive $27 million in federal funding

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (FOX 35) – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday declared a state of emergency that would broaden his powers to respond to the novel coronavirus, including allowing him to deploy National Guard troops if necessary.

“That allows us to create a unified command structure. It also allows, if need be, out-of-state medical personnel to operate in Florida,” DeSantis told reporters in the Capitol. “It allows us to swiftly purchase any necessary supplies.”

DeSantis also announced he expected the state to receive $27 million in federal funding to help fight the spread of the virus, known as COVID-19.

The funding, part of an $8.3 billion bill signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday, is in addition to $25 million that the Florida Legislature agreed over the weekend to spend to fight the continued spread of coronavirus in the state.

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