Ron DeSantis said Saturday the screening of travelers on Interstate 95 will be similar to the measure adopted Friday on Interstate 10 to discourage travel from Louisiana.
During a news conference on Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he worked with David Friedman, the USA ambassador to Israel - who he said he considers a friend - to arrange the shipment from Israeli company Teva Pharmaceuticals.
It's unclear how Florida plans to enforce the mandate, but Desantis said people could be "held accountable if they buck the law".
"I'm not a doctor". DeSantis said he hadn't yet read the union's request, but will, and would be open to considering additional changes. "But I do believe in the idea of a right to try".
The Florida Department of Health officials released updated numbers Saturday about the coronavirus in the state.
The PNJ also reported that as of May 27, numbers for Escambia County had jumped to 28 cases, with 20 of those in Pensacola. The number of cases from Friday evening to Saturday evening increased by 840.
Checkpoints have been set up at Florida's borders, including those it shares with Alabama, to prevent people from coronavirus-stricken areas from traveling to the Sunshine State. We're not anxious about that. "You register just like we're doing at the airports".
After the NY order passed, there was interest from residents of the Panhandle in passing something similar to prevent large numbers of people from Louisiana, which also has a high number of cases, from coming to Florida, DeSantis said.
"We really believe that given the economic circumstances, putting this [money] into some infrastructure would be good for the economy, be able to put some people back to work, so stay tuned on that", he said. "There is a lot of logistics involved and I think the president can figure that out".
The order will require anyone who arrives from Louisiana to isolate themselves for two weeks under the threat of a misdemeanor conviction and a 60-day jail sentence.
"We'd like to see NY quarantined because it's a hotspot".
The governor issued a similar order earlier this week for people traveling to Florida by air from NY and New Jersey.
Despite criticism, DeSantis has refused to issue a statewide lockdown limiting residents' movements that states like California, New York and IL have done. New York City had 29,766 cases, according to the New York State Department of Health.
"We don't have people coming from Wuhan, we don't have people coming from Milan, yet you have a flood of people still coming from New York City", he added. "There was a concern from the Panhandle that this could impact them", DeSantis said during a press conference on Friday.
"Having close contact with people or being in large crowds are the ways you're most likely to contract the virus, " DeSantis said. "That's something I think helps protect Floridians".