FYI Miami: April 23, 2020
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HOSPITAL EASING?: Gov. Ron DeSantis signaled Tuesday he might be ready to follow federal guidelines that call for letting doctors and hospitals again provide procedures that have been halted during the Covid-19 crisis. He said he wanted to move quickly to help bolster hospitals, which have been losing money during a clampdown on optional surgeries. “We need to do it pretty quickly, because if we keep it up the way we are going, I think more people are going to get laid off. I think there is going to be less financial viability for some of these health-care outfits, which is very important.” A proposal from hospitals would require all visitors to wear masks or cloth mouth and nose coverings and stay in main waiting areas, with exceptions for death and dying patients, women in labor, and patients with cognitive impairments. One visitor would be allowed for each patient.
MIA GETS $270 MILLION: Miami International Airport (MIA) last week became the largest grant recipient among all Florida aviation hubs through the federal CARES Act, with $207 million in funding coming to support operations. MIA spokesperson Jack Varela said in a press note that the airport “will use the grant to support the airport’s ongoing facilitation of essential travel and trade, and to prepare the global gateway to resume full operations” once the Covid-19 pandemic passes. The Federal Aviation Administration says CARES Act funding through the Airport Grant Program is meant to help airports continue operations “and replace lost revenue resulting in the sharp decline in passenger traffic and other airport business” during the health emergency and can be used for capital expenditures, debt payments and operating expenses. “As we maintain our passenger and cargo operations and prepare for travel demand to return,” MIA Director and CEO Lester Sola said, “these monies will aid us in developing new protocols and facility renovations designed to enhance the travel experience and improve employee safety.”
SURFSIDE SURVEY: Surfside is asking residents to take a quick “two-minute” survey to let town officials know how they prefer to receive information. The 10-question quiz, a link to which can be found on the town’s website, asks residents what they now use to get information, how they’d like to receive news, how often they read such communications, whether they attend or watch town commission meetings and other related queries. “The Town of Surfside is currently not on social media with the exception of Nextdoor,” town personnel wrote. “However, the Town is exploring whether other social media would be effective channels of communication, especially during emergency situations.”