Florida coronavirus: State's secretary of health authorized to take ‘any action necessary’
President Trump, Alex Azar and Anthony Fauci speak about what the U.S. is doing to control the coronavirus outbreak. USA TODAY
2020欧洲杯正规平台The coronavirus public health emergency declared late Sunday by Gov. Ron DeSantis gives broad powers to Scott Rivkees, the state’s secretary of health and surgeon general, to respond to the crisis.
Fifteen Floridians have been tested, with two people in the Tampa Bay area coming up “presumptively” positive for the COVID-19 virus, leading the governor to issue an executive order declaring a public health emergency.
Rivkees is “authorized to use his judgment as to the duration of this public health emergency” and is “authorized to take any action necessary to protect the public health.”
The major part of that will be to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19 and educate the public on prevention measures. Any action taken by Rivkees, the state health officer, now is immediately enforceable by law enforcement.
2020欧洲杯正规平台That includes arresting anyone and charging them with a second-degree misdemeanor for violating any isolation or quarantine or any other rules or orders imposed under the public health emergency order.