DeSan­tis an­nounces drive-thru an­ti­body test­ing will soon be avail­able at Or­ange County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Drive-thru will be avail­able at con­ven­tion cen­ter

Orlando Sentinel - - Front Page - By Ryan Gillespie and Stephen Hu­dak

Drive-thru an­ti­body test­ing for the novel coro­n­avirus will soon be avail­able at the Or­ange County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter soon, Gov. Ron DeSan­tis an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Dr. Raul Pino, the health of­fi­cer for the Florida Depart­ment of Health in Or­ange County, said the tests will help de­ter­mine how much of the pop­u­la­tion has been ex­posed to the virus and de­vel­oped an­ti­bod­ies to fight it off.

Pino said he will en­cour­age first re­spon­ders and healthcare work­ers to take the blood test, though he be­lieves it will also be open to mem­bers of the pub­lic when it ar­rives.

“If we have to [step] back a lit­tle bit or hit pause, our eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties could con­tinue with peo­ple who have al­ready an im­mu­nity to the virus,” he said. “And if that im­mu­nity is larger than we sus­pect, then our econ­omy could sus­tain if we ex­tract peo­ple who are vul­ner­a­ble to the virus.”

Dr. Scott Brady, the vice pres­i­dent of am­bu­la­tory ser­vices at Ad­ven­tHealth told Or­ange County’s Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery Task Force that the hospi­tal sys­tem will likely have “some sig­nif­i­cant abil­ity to do an­ti­body test­ing” later this month.

A work­ing group de­vel­op­ing guide­lines to re­viv­ing the re­gion’s tourism also brought for­ward new rec­om­men­da­tions on Wed­nes­day to Mayor Jerry Dem­ings’ Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery Task Force.

Ge­orge Aguel, CEO of Visit Or­lando, said his agency plans to steer its ini­tial mar­ket­ing ef­forts to­ward Florid­i­ans in the com­ing weeks, hop­ing to ex­pand to other cities within a day’s drive of Or­lando later this sum­mer. Those ef­forts could be in other south­east metro ar­eas like At­lanta, Char­lotte and Nashville.

He the­o­rized that trav­el­ers will be re­luc­tant to fly, pos­si­bly for some time, so the mar­ket­ing ef­forts could also ex­tend up the At­lantic Coast to Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Va­ca­tion­ers trav­el­ing by car ac­count for about 70% of Or­lando’s tourists, Aguel said.

By late fall and into the hol­i­day sea­son, the task force hopes to re­sume ad­ver­tis­ing Or­lando across the coun­try.

Aguel said his agency’s re­search has shown that young cou­ples with­out kids may be more ea­ger to start trav­el­ing again, but the length of time peo­ple spend on va­ca­tion may be shorter as the econ­omy flails.

The over­all task force also rec­om­mended Dem­ings launch an elec­tronic sur­vey to gauge con­sumer con­fi­dence, as some restau­rants and stores reopened this week un­der statewide ca­pac­ity re­stric­tions.

In or­der to help those busi­nesses, the county will dis­trib­ute 1

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