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Gov. DeSantis says he will form task force to focus on reopening state

Posted at 6:22 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:30:14-04

(WTXL) — At a Wednesday press conference in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is putting together a task force for the "resurgence and reopening of Florida."

"Time is of the essence, and we want to make sure we're getting the best ideas possible," DeSantis said in Tallahassee.

The task force will be made up of elected officials, as well as leaders in the fields of business, education, and more.

It's unclear if Florida's safer-at-home order will be extended, or if DeSantis will allow it to expire and begin to reopen various sectors of the state.

"There's a whole host of things that I think need to be done, and we want to get the best ideas that we can," the governor said.

When it comes to education, DeSantis said Florida will be receiving $1.6 million from the CARES Act to help out education in the state.

The governor said he may decide to extend online distance learning for the remainder of the school year for school districts across the state. However, no official decision has been made yet,

DeSantis also expressed touched on unemployment cases in Florida, saying that the Department of Economic Opportunity has added 100 new servers to build capacity to receive applications. Right now, 1,000 people taking calls but said he aims to double the amount of people taking calls too.

Watch full press conference below: