U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams visited South Florida to talk about federal efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the area and hand out masks with other Florida officials.
“What we’re doing is we’re identifying problem areas around the country and sending in surge testing sites like we’re doing here in Miami to decrease turnaround times number one," Adams said at an event in Sergio's Restaurant in Doral Thursday afternoon.
"Number two, we’re sending point of care tests which can turn results in as little as 15 minutes, to nursing homes, to homeless shelters, to places that we know are at highest risk for spread of the disease. Number three, we’re helping people do pool testing so you can test four people at a time instead of one person at a time.”
Adams gave out masks at the restaurant alongside Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the head of the Florida Restaurant Lodging Association.
"The event launches a new effort to provide masks to hotel and restaurant workers across the State of Florida, in a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association," a press release for the event said.