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Field hospital deployed near The Villages as part of massive effort to battle Coronavirus

A large-scale field hospital is being deployed less than 30 miles from The Villages as part of a ramped-up statewide plan to combat the COVID-19 virus.

It will be located in Ocala and can be sent to other areas as needed. A similar facility is staged in Orlando that also can deployed elsewhere, while a third field hospital is being set up in Broward County.

The field hospitals are just the tip of the iceberg in the plan that was announced by Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. At Gov. Ron DeSantis’ direction, he also is requesting from the federal government large quantities of additional supplies and personal protective equipment in an effort to mitigate and contain the spread of the Coronavirus throughout the Sunshine State.

Those supplies include:

  • 2 million N95 face masks
  • 5 mobile intensive care units
  • 5,000 ventilators
  • 5,000 hospital beds
  • 50,000 two-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 250,000 coveralls
  • 500,000 gloves
  • 500,000 gowns
  • 500,000 collection kits
  • 100,000 16-ounce bottles of hand sanitizers
  • 150,000 Personal Protective Equipment kits, including coveralls, gowns and goggles

The supplies are being delivered on a rolling basis and inventory is being distributed throughout the state 24 hours a day. Moskowitz also is working with the federal government to determine if Navy medical ships can be deployed to Florida ports.

In addition, the National Guard is being deployed in Broward County and will be on standby to assist throughout the state as necessary.

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