July 20, 2020

Statement on Additional Shipments of Remdesivir to Florida

Statement on Behalf of Crystal Stickle, Florida Hospital Association Interim President

Response to Additional Shipments of Remdesivir to Florida

"In response to the request of Governor DeSantis, Florida hospitals received notification that additional shipments of remdesivir were scheduled for delivery as soon as today. This COVID-19 investigational treatment has been shown to reduce illness severity and mortality in some patients with COVID-19.

We deeply appreciate the leadership and support of Governor DeSantis and our federal partners for listening and responding to our hospitals' needs by securing an additional 30,000 vials over the weekend to treat over 5,000 patients. This totals over 50,000 vials of this much-needed treatment within two weeks.

In addition to remdesivir, Florida's hospitals are grateful for the immediate staffing relief that the governor provided last week. This comes at a critical time for hospitals when staffing is the top priority for expanding our capacity to treat COVID-19 patients.

 Managing a situation of this magnitude requires collaboration among many local, state and federal partners. We are grateful for their continued support and assistance as we work to save as many lives as possible."

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The Florida Hospital Association comprises over 200 hospitals and health systems from across the state. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, we support the mission of our members to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. For more information, visit www.fha.org.