President Trump declares major disaster in Florida due to COVID-19

President Donald Trump approved Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' request to have a major disaster declared in the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order provides Florida with additional federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local efforts in combatting the virus and caring for those who fall ill.

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The order will provide funding for emergency protective measures and crisis counseling for those impacted by the novel coronavirus.

The White House said additional designations may be made if requested by the state, as the conditions continue to unfold. 

This story was reported from Tampa, Florida.

If you feel sick:

The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINK: Florida's COVID-19 website

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