LO­CAL & STATE:

Sec­re­tary Mary May­hew of the Agency for Health Care Ad­min­is­tra­tion dis­cusses the state’s new pol­icy that re­quires nurs­ing homes to trans­fer some pa­tients with COVID-19 to hos­pi­tals.

Orlando Sentinel - - Front Page - By Chris­tine Sex­ton

TALLAHASSE­E — The state Agency for Health Care Ad­min­is­tra­tion, led by Sec­re­tary Mary May­hew, is usu­ally best known for its over­sight of the mas­sive Med­i­caid pro­gram.

But its role reg­u­lat­ing hos­pi­tals and nurs­ing homes has made May­hew an in­te­gral part of Gov. Ron DeSan­tis’ team lead­ing the state’s re­sponse to COVID-19, which is par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous to se­niors and peo­ple with un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tions.

The News Ser­vice of Florida had these ques­tions for Mary May­hew:

Q: The state an­nounced a new pol­icy this week re­quir­ing nurs­ing homes to trans­fer res­i­dents with con­firmed or sus­pected cases of COVID-19 if the homes can’t meet iso­la­tion re­quire­ments. The pol­icy comes as the num­ber of in­fec­tions at the fa­cil­i­ties in­creases, as does the num­ber of deaths. Why did you wait so long to come out with a de­fin­i­tive pol­icy?

MAY­HEW: It’s not new. It is largely (Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion) guid­ance that has been out there. The rea­son we are in­ten­si­fy­ing the fo­cus on it, and I have been say­ing this from the very be­gin­ning, we have

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