Gov. Ron DeSantis says drive-thru coronavirus testing site coming to Jupiter

Treasure Coast prepares to reopen
Posted at 12:58 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 20:15:06-04

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — On the eve of the Treasure Coast preparing for the gradual shift to more relaxed rules and regulations amid the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Ron DeSantis called the plan to lift the state's stay-at-home orders "safe, smart and step by step."

The plan will go into effect Monday statewide except for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, where most of the state's COVID-19 cases have been reported.

Under Phase One, retail stores and restaurants can reopen, but only at 25% capacity.

Eateries will be allowed to seat people outside, but they will have to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

Elective surgical procedures will be allowed to resume.

But schools, bars, gyms, hair salons, nursing home and long-term care facilities will remain closed until further notice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to advise that as parts of the country reopen, people should still be vigilant by practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings and washing hands.

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About 200,000 COVID-19 antibody tests have arrived in Florida and will deployed in the coming days in different locations across the state, the governor said.

DeSantis spoke about Walgreens announcing that select stores will offer drive-thru COVID-19 tests.

"The state-supported testing, hospital testing is great, but there's more private sector actors that are getting involved in this," DeSantis said. "I recently signed an executive order to allow licensed pharmacists to conduct COVID tests. So Walgreens has announced that they're going to do nine drive-through sites in Florida."

One of those nine sites will be at a Walgreens in Jupiter.

The governor also stated that CVS will soon be announcing plans to offer testing.

Watch DeSantis' full news conference in the player below:

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