DOH Releases List of Communities;
Earlier this afternoon, Governor DeSantis agreed to release the names of the communities with positive COVID-19 results.
to review a copy of the list and to watch today's Governor's press conference.
Unfortunately, the list lacks some context. Instead of listing just the facilities with current, active cases, the list includes all facilities that reported a positive test result at any time.
We have received multiple emails since the list was released from communities concerned that their names were listed even though their previously positive cases have been resolved or they never had any positive cases to begin with. Some communities with double negative tests are also included.
We have been in touch with the Governor's Office, the Agency for Health Care Administration, and the Department of Health to request clarification to the list.
We believe showing this data without the appropriate explanation may penalize communities that have proactively tested residents and staff members to better manage the spread of the virus. Additionally, without the proper information, family members may become unnecessarily concerned, even though our members with positive test results at their communities have already been in touch with everyone necessary.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you believe your facility has been included on this list by mistake. We will continue working with state regulators to address your concerns and will provide updates as soon as we have new information to share.