DeSantis also declared that all persons who enter Florida from a state of substantial community spread (Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York) must inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread.
The checkpoint will be created on Interstate 95 in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus through the state's northern border, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday.
Greg Meyer, the spokesman for the Broward County Aviation Department, said that the screening process was much less aggressive than what DeSantis described. "If somebody is really in bad shape and there is no other treatment available and the doctor believes this is something that could be helpful, then we want that patient to have access to that".
DeSantis said he spoke with Trump, who on Saturday said he is considering imposing a quarantine on New York, New Jersey and parts of CT to prevent the spread of the virus.
"We will be requiring the same for travelers from New Orleans, Louisiana and other parts of Louisiana to self-isolate for 14 days".
Saying the screening is working, DeSantis told reporters that a person whose symptoms of COVID-19 had abated was showing signs of the respiratory disease again, following a flight Friday from NY to Jacksonville.
Saying that the state was "beefing up supplies", he said 1,000 testing swabs will be pushed out to several hard-hit counties.
As of Saturday afternoon, the state Department of Health has kept track of close to 41,000 tests. "I think it's important to expand the testing there, so that we can get a better sense of what's going on", he said. "Do you see the same people complaining about the New York City subway system being open?" he asked.
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39,542: Number of Florida tests performed. "And I think, it seems like it was safe".
DeSantis said people with certain license plates would be diverted and "if they blow through the checkpoints they could be pulled over".
DeSantis also suspended new vacation rentals for two weeks to discourage people traveling to the state.
He pointed to New York's experience as further evidence that efforts to contain people, even at the urging of top health officials, can backfire.
As counties and cities have closed breaches and recreation areas, or limited the size of crowds to a maximum of 10 people to comply with Centers for Disease Control recommendations, some Floridians and visitors have tried to get around the rules by holding parties on the water.
Under the governor's order, commercial vehicles will be allowed to move freely.
Asked about other access points for motorists -- such as USA 1 and the Amtrak Auto Train, which stops in Sanford -- DeSantis said I-95 is the "natural one" for motorists from the Northeast.