(SI Newswire) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After meeting with officials today from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, as well the Department of Health, the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Division of Emergency Management, Governor Rick Scott made it clear that Florida is not waiting on the federal government for the state to prepare its citizens for a potential case of Ebola. Also today, Governor Scott urged the federal government to add Florida airports to the list of airports that have increased federal safety steps.
Governor Scott said, “We are thankful we do not have a case of Ebola in Florida and we hope we never do. But, my top priority is making sure that Florida stays safe. The CDC and the federal government have already admitted that they have failed to get ahead of the spread of Ebola in other states – and we aren’t going to let that happen in Florida. We are not going to simply wait for the federal government to be prepared. We are taking action.
“Today, we are demanding the attention of the CDC and the federal government to ensure we have what we need to be prepared to respond and keep our state safe. The federal government should add Florida airports to the list of airports that are implementing additional screening for patients. At this time, five US airports have implemented these additional screenings, and Florida airports should be included.” Governor Scott has taken the following actions to enhance Florida’s preparedness efforts:
Governor Scott has asked the federal government for the following action:
As of the Governor’s briefing this morning in Fort Lauderdale, the CDC has not fulfilled any of Florida’s requests and he is now asking them publicly to support Florida in these important preparedness efforts.