Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday his state was willing to accept Floridians on board a cruise ship seeking to disembark in Florida after more than 190 guests and crew reported flu-like symptoms, including eight passengers who tested positive for Covid-19.
But DeSantis expressed concerns about taking in others given the state’s limited hospital beds. “We are going to be willing to accept Floridians on board,” he told reporters. “My understanding is most of the passengers are foreign nationals.”
At least 49 Floridians are among more than 300 Americans aboard Holland America’s Zaandam cruise ship. The governor has said there is about 30% hospital bed availability in Florida, where two field hospitals have been set up in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
This is particularly outrageous given how much Florida promotes, and relies upon, tourism. https://t.co/FWZSY0Q471
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) April 1, 2020