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Florida governor wants state declared a disaster area

Posted: 1:15 PM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 13:15:30-04
Gov. DeSantis declares state of emergency amid coronavirus concerns

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and TERRY SPENCER Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked President Donald Trump to declare Florida a disaster area, saying the coronavirus outbreak is having a "drastic effect" on the state's economy and medical providers. His letter to Trump released late Monday says Florida's hospitals and first responders are facing challenges rarely experienced. A declaration would make Florida eligible for federal aid. This is no hurricane but DeSantis wrote that the state has already spent $208 million and it's medical system is already burdened, with limited testing showing more than 1,400 people infected and 17 deaths. Trump has not acted on the request.