FL Emergency Management Chief: State Has ICU Beds, Ventilators

first_imgFlorida’s emergency management chief said Sunday the state would be able to meet the need for critical-care hospital space and ventilators.He added that the state has a dedicated team of people who are assigned to plan for how Florida should deal with the threat of a hurricane during the coronavirus pandemic.The Atlantic hurricane season begins June. 1“I have full confidence that we’ll be able to meet the ICU capacity,” state Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said in an interview with Miami television station WPLG. “We feel that we’ll be able to meet the capacity as far as the beds, or the potential bed issue, or the potential issue with ventilators.”When he was asked about a projected peak need in early May of 2,500 beds and a current capacity of less than 1,700, Moskowitz said the state has already purchased and received 4,300 hospital beds to meet the need.Moskowitz also explained that field hospitals have been established in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; field hospitals are pre-positioned for Jacksonville and the Orlando area; there is capacity for a 400-bed hospital to be set up at the Miami Beach Convention Center; and work is being completed to reopen two closed facilities in Miami-Dade County.According to Moskowitz, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services “have been fantastic” about responding to Florida’s requests for ventilators from the national supply, and the state has already received four shipments.There are currently more than 4,000 ventilators available in the state, and Emergency Management is working with places such as ambulatory surgery centers to relocate some of their equipment.“We are gathering up those resources, pre-positioning them, just like we would do in a hurricane” so they can be used in hospitals when needed.In terms of emergency managers planning for hurricane season during the coronavirus outbreak, “Even with this pandemic, I’m not planning for tomorrow or planning for next week. I’m planning for the month after that and the month after that,” Moskowitz emphasized said.To that end, a “planning cell” has been separated from operations at the state Emergency Operations Center in order to focus on hurricane planning. Among the questions it is considering are: How shelters will be operated? Will there be evacuations out of, or into, “hot zones,” depending on where a storm is headed? Will schools be used as shelters?“These are all the things that we’re developing plans and procedures around with COVID-19,” Moskowitz said. “We have to do that in the emergency management space.”last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Brahim Díaz to Dortmund or Real Madrid?

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Rumour Mill Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Barcelona are prepared to concede the £100m they shelled out in bringing Ousmane Dembélé to the Camp Nou was not money particularly well spent and will let him leave in January when the transfer window opens. The French winger has failed to settle into his new digs after over a year at the Spanish champions and Liverpool are believed to be interested in offering the 21-year-old a new home.The Merseyside club’s charity will not extend to offering soon-to-be Arsenal outcast Aaron Ramsey accommodation; their interest in the Welsh midfielder has cooled as they feel they are already well enough staffed in that particular area of the field. The excellent form of Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley could also stymy any prospective move to Chelsea for the man they call “Rambo”. Football Kevin De Bruyne’s injury mars Manchester City’s stroll past Fulham featurescenter_img Topics Despite providing the assists for two own goals scored on Chelsea’s behalf by Derby players on Wednesday, Davide Zappacosta has been deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. The Italian full-back has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot ahead of Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta since arriving in London from Torino over a year ago and his former club has expressed interest in bringing him back to Serie A. Napoli are also rumoured to be interested in taking him on loan in January.Borussia Dortmund hope to continue their policy of plundering Premier League creches to good effect by signing Manchester City’s teenage winger Brahim Díaz, either in January or when his contract expires next summer, but Pep Guardiola says he’ll do everything in his power to hold on to the young Spaniard. Diaz scored twice in a man-of-the-match performance as City beat Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Thursday and his manager spoke highly of him in his post-match briefing. “Playing in the top teams is not easy for young players, but he showed his qualities again,” said Pep. “He played well against Oxford in the previous round. Everyone here is ready to play in the first team, otherwise he wouldn’t be here.” Behind Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in the City pecking order, Diaz has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré is on Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino’s shopping list. The £35m-rated France U21 international has been integral to his side’s surprisingly good start to the season and is also the subject of interest from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.The French champions are also monitoring the situation of Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who is ready to leave Anfield less than six months after his arrival because – get this – he’s bored. Reports from France, specifically in Le Parisien, say the 25-year-old has failed to settle on Merseyside and is disillusioned with life after making just three starts across all competitions and having found they don’t particularly need him, Liverpool might just be prepared to let him go. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more