One of those hospitals, the now-shuttered
The purchase order was signed in late March with
Now, the deal is being revived to house COVID-19 patients as
The prospect of using a middleman to lease Children and
SLSCO is represented in
SLSCO is also the subcontractor for Aptim Environmental, which won a state "emergency standby material and services contract" on
"Pre-disaster contracts for logistics vendors were executed in order to save taxpayer dollars while also enabling
Although Heckler represented one of the subcontractors, Moskowitz "did not take part in the evaluation of any proposals," Mahon said. The agreements signed for the emergency hospitals "in response to COVID-19 were divided between these pre-event vendors," he said.
Although Aptim and SLSCO received the largest single contract, which appears as purchase orders totaling
According to the Herald's analysis, purchase orders totaling at least
None of the facilities have been used as hospitals because the surge in demand for hospital beds in
Social distancing started at home
Data now show that while DeSantis was slow to halt business activity, Floridians mostly on their own had slowed their interactions and travel weeks before, according to a
DeSantis has repeatedly criticized the media for quoting models that predicted that if the state continued on the then-current course without social distancing and stay-home orders, little isolation and testing, the virus would have exploded in
The projections from the
Meanwhile, they were watching closely what was happening in
Records of the state's vendor list show that by mid-March, state emergency managers were using the governor's executive order which allowed it to deficit spend to buy nasal swabs, gowns, masks, boot covers and ventilators. By the first week of May, they had signed at least 763 purchase orders.
They also signed contracts for hospitals. According to the background provided to the state by SLSCO and obtained by the Herald/
Getting vacant facility ready
That task was assigned to SLSCO. Its proposal to the state showed that it offered to supply all medical equipment and personnel to staff the hospital by subcontracting with a doctors group, initially expected to be a group called CHS. The cost of travel to
Estimated monthly cost of medical equipment and staffing was
The plans were vetted and approved by
Now, the contract with DEM is being considered for use by the
"The agency and DEM have been in conversations on how to best utilize this established alternative care site to support the appropriate isolation and care of COVID-positive long-term care residents in the
She said the state would "quickly license the facility operator and enroll a provider in Medicaid if necessary, and neither of these processes involve competitive bids."
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