10 Block Area Cleared with No Local Transmissions

WYNWOOD, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has cleared a 10 block area in the Northwest corner of the impacted zone. DOH has concluded that no local transmissions are currently occurring there (see map below- shaded area denotes 10 block area). The CDC, pursuant to their guidance, will continue to monitor the entire one square mile area in Miami, north of downtown.  There are no new cases of locally transmitted Zika to announce today.

Governor Scott said, “I spent the day walking around Wynwood and I had the opportunity to meet with residents and business owners to let them know everything we are doing at the state level to combat the Zika virus. Today, DOH has confirmed that they have completed testing in the northwest corner of the one square mile area in Wynwood. DOH has concluded that no local transmissions have been detected in that 10 block area. That means DOH has cleared that area of ongoing local transmissions of Zika and I am hopeful that we will be able to continue to clear other areas in the one square mile as testing continues. The CDC will continue to monitor the entire area per their own guidance.

“Even though this is good news, we are still aggressively spraying for mosquitoes and testing residents. If we learn that we have to expand the zone again or add additional zones in the future, we will take all precautions to notify the public.

“I also had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Frieden of the CDC today and I have asked the CDC for the following resources: an additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits for pregnant women and a detailed plan from the Obama Administration on how they would like Florida to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on requesting emergency response funds since this has become mosquito-borne in Florida. When I first requested this plan on June 1st, I asked for a response by June 15th before we had any local transmissions. That time has passed and it is imperative that we get a response from the federal government. I have also reiterated my request for funding for additional spraying, lab support and staff.

“We have allocated more than $26 million in state resources to combat Zika and we are aggressively funding items to be prepared. While we will continue to put resources anywhere and everywhere they are needed, we hope the federal government will fulfill our additional requests and be a good partner in this fight.”

Governor Scott requested the following items from the CDC today:

  • An additional 10,000 Zika prevention kits for pregnant women. This is an essential resource needed to prevent the local spread of this virus.
  • A detailed plan from the Obama Administration on how they would like Florida to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on requesting emergency response funds since this has become mosquito-borne in Florida. Governor Scott first requested this on June 1, 2016; and
  • Funding for additional spraying, lab support and staff.

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