Travelers from New York City to Florida are reportedly not screened for the corona virus when entering the Sunshine State, despite Gov Ron DeSantis demanding that all passengers be tested.
Earlier this week, DeSantis announced that he needs coronavirus testing of all air travelers arriving in their state from New York City and New Jersey after a “huge number” of people who received home orders appeared in his state.
But on Thursday, the Sun-Sentinel found that some travelers coming to Florida from New York were not screened at local airports.
A Florida resident told the newspaper that there was “no screening” when he got on or off planes while traveling.
Travelers from New York City to Florida are reportedly not screened for the corona virus when entering the Sunshine State, despite Gov Ron DeSantis demanding that all passengers be tested. A New York passenger arrives in West Palm Beach on Tuesday
On Thursday, it was announced that some travelers arriving from Florida to New York were not screened at local airports. Passengers arrive from Newark New Jersey to West Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday
The traveler, who landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday, also said that no one took his temperature or asked him questions.
Two other passengers arriving at the same airport reportedly told the Sentinel the same.
Greg Meyer, the spokesman for Broward County’s Aviation Department, said the screening process was much less aggressive than what DeSantis described.
“We don’t have the resources to be at every gate,” he said, adding that passengers traveling from eight New York City areas had to fill out forms before boarding their flights to Florida, but that doesn’t mean they shape it.
At a news conference on Monday in Sumter County, DeSantis noted that there are more than 190 direct flights from New York airports, including Newark Liberty across the river in New Jersey.
He also speculated that “every flight has someone positive for COVID-19.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured Tuesday) has announced that he will require coronavirus screening of all air travelers arriving in his state from the New York City area
But some travelers (pictured on JFK) said they were not screened at any point during their trip. Greg Meyer, the spokesman for Broward County’s Aviation Department, said the screening process was much less aggressive than what DeSantis described
DeSantis said the move to test travelers was necessary as part of his state’s efforts to slow the spread of the deadly pandemic.
The governor also said that he still does not want to detain the state and place the residents because of the corona virus.
He pointed to New York’s experience as further evidence that attempts to control people, even at the urging of health officials, can backfire.
“If you look at what happened in New York, what did people do when they stayed at home?” DeSantis told it Tampa Bay Times. “Well, many people have fled the city. … We get huge amounts of people flying in. ‘
DeSantis said he spoke to President Donald Trump about the surge in travel on Sunday night when New York City locked and asked all nonessential workers to stay at home.
He said he also asked the president more than a week ago about restricting domestic flights.
There are over 73,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the US, blamed for more than 1,000 deaths.
On Monday, Florida recorded 2,355 cases, resulting in 28 deaths.
There are more than 73,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States with more than 1,000 deaths
“There is a reaction to every action,” said DeSantis. “We’re going to see what makes sense for Florida.”
DeSantis praised a new drive-thru testing lab set up in partnership with the University of Florida.
As the school streamed the press conference live on Facebook, viewers posted a wave of comments pleading with DeSantis to severely limit travel within the state.
“The longer you wait to shut us down, the longer it will take to restore our state to all of this!” one woman wrote.
Trump left it to each state to choose how they respond to the coronavirus outbreak, prompting governors to issue local lockdowns affecting residents and nonessential businesses and services.
The states that have given shelter orders so far include California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.
Florida has experienced a spread of the infection through the community, as images of Spring Breakers braving beach enclosures have caused a backlash across the country.
Florida has experienced a spread of the infection through the community, as images of Spring Breakers braving beach enclosures have caused a backlash across the country. A skateboarder passes a ‘Beach Closed’ sign on the boardwalk in Miami Beach on Sunday
Rather than shut down the state at this point, DeSantis claimed that he and other officials responded to the outbreak by following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Among the state counties, only Miami-Dade and Broward have ordered the closure of all non-essential companies.
DeSantis warned anyone who had not heeded coronavirus warnings to immediately take social distance as recommended by health officials to help contain the outbreak.
“At the end of the day, you will have a group of people who will not follow the rules, who will put themselves first,” he said Monday.
“I’d just say for those people, you have to cool it down.”