Gov. DeSantis unveils new mobile testing site for coronavirus in Broward County

Broward County has 96 cases
Posted at 3:35 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 19:12:34-04

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Broward County Thursday afternoon to visit a new mobile-testing site for the coronavirus.

The testing site is at the Krupa Center on Meridian Parkway in Weston. Appointments must be scheduled and priority is given to health care workers.

"If you're 65 or older, if your symptomatic, if you've been on a cruise or an affected area, if you're immunocompromised, that's the group that going to be the focus on to start," said DeSantis.

Full news conference below:

NEWS CONFERENCE: Gov. DeSantis holds coronavirus news conference in Broward Co. (31 minutes)

The governor said there are 98 positive cases in Broward County, the most of any county in Florida, while Miami-Dade County has 86.

Drive-through testing sites are also being set up at other locations, including Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Earlier, DeSantis said Florida is financially prepared to withstand the blow of the coronavirus. Lawmakers have earmarked about $300 million to offset the financial setbacks from the pandemic.

Also, Martin County officials on Thursday afternoon confirmed its first case.

During the state's 6 p.m. update, Florida's tracking map said there was one positive coronavirus case in Indian River County.