LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Plus childcare services prioritized for health care professionals, Orange County opening new mobile test site, and more updatesFrom State of Florida NewsroomGovernor Ron DeSantis held a press conference at the Florida Capitol Tuesday and announced the Florida Department of Health has contracted with two new private labs to complete COVID-19 testing. These two labs will be able to process 18,000 samples per day and provide results within 24-48 hours.Governor DeSantis also announced additional walk-up testing centers will be opening in Orange, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Leon and Duval counties. The location in Orange County will be a mobile site that will move to different areas to serve the greatest need.Additional actions the state has recently taken in response to COVID-19The Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning, in coordination with local early learning coalitions, has prioritized and increased access to childcare services for first responders and health care professionals by creating an expedited referral process to swiftly provide priority access. Since April 1, 2020, when the Department of Education announced the waiver of certification exam fees, more than 31,000 educators have signed up to take the Florida Teacher Certification Examination using the waiver. This translates into over 62,000 actual exam registrations for a savings value of more than $8 million for Florida educators. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSchildcareCOVID-19Governor DeSantisMobile Testing SiteOrange CountyTestingUpdates Previous articleKeep calm and remain productive: 7 working tips for allNext articleTask force: Schools reopening, affordable child care keys to reviving Florida’s economy Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Department of Elder Affairs partnered with the Florida Alzheimer’s Association to bring the gift of music to socially isolated seniors and adults with dementia by distributing over 1,000 pre-loaded MP3 players to these Floridians and their caregivers. The Department of Education has compiled dozens of free distance learning resources on its emergency response page here. The Anatomy of Fear Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisJohn Raoux / AP You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Florida College System institutions and private institutions across the state have donated more than 130 ventilators typically used in medical training programs to local hospitals, community medical centers and other facilities. Please enter your comment!