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Florida, home to millions of elderly, doesn't have enough coronavirus tests. Could it be the next epicenter?
  Thursday 26 March, 2020
Florida, home to millions of elderly, doesn\'t have enough coronavirus tests. Could it be the next epicenter?

MIAMI In Naples, a city in southwest Florida where the median age is 66, a hospital abruptly stopped a drive-through testing site this week because they ran out of testing kits.

Doctors in Winter Haven, a city in Central Florida where a quarter of the population is 65 or older, are waiting up to 10 days to get results on coronavirus tests.

And in South Miami, in a neighborhood surrounded by retirement homes, the president of a community hospital took out a $380,000 loan on his own house to secure the delivery of 1,000 test kits a week for the next few months.

The Sunshine State has come under fire after its beaches remained jammed with spring breakers last week and Gov. Ron DeSantis has ignored calls to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order. That may contribute to Florida becoming the next hot spot for COVID-19, a chilling possibility considering that the elderly are the most likely to die from the disease and Florida is home to nearly four million people 65 and over, the second-highest number in the U.S. behind California.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/03/26/coronavirus-tests-scarce-florida-home-millions-elderly-hospitals-scrounging/5083283002/

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