Gov. Ron DeSantis unveils online COVID-19 self-assessment tool

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new online COVID-19 self-assessment survey on Wednesday to help Florida residents and the elderly.

Coined the Florida Safe Survey, the online tool asks survey takers to answer a series of questions to determine various risks associated with the virus. It then provides survey takers with a “My CV19 CheckUp Report,” which among other areas, scores the respondent’s risk of contracting the virus and spreading it.

The report also offers recommendations and resources to survey takers based on their location, lifestyle and habits.

“Protecting Florida’s most vulnerable has been my administration’s main focus during this COVID-19 pandemic,” DeSantis said in a statement. “With the Florida Safe Survey, we hope to further mitigate the spread of this disease and bring another layer of protection to those most at risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.”

According to the Florida Safe Survey website, SAFE is an acronym for “start the survey, assess your risk, form a plan and examine your options.” The website says the test is confidential, free and can be completed in roughly 10 minutes.

The survey, which is geared for the elderly, was created by BellAge. In a news release, the company is credited with building the survey, its artificial intelligence, and machine learning that produces its outcomes.

“CV19 CheckUp was developed to help people be safer and healthier as they deal with COVID-19,” said BellAge Chief Innovation Officer James Firman. “DOEA collaborated to ensure we addressed the unique needs of Florida’s older population. I’m very pleased that Florida is helping us introduce CV19 CheckUp’s potentially lifesaving service to the country.”

Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs will be responsible for raising awareness of the survey, particularly to the elderly community. The news release said the department’s 11 area agencies will utilize their network of volunteers.

“Gov. DeSantis knows Floridians are resilient, and he has worked tirelessly to bring Floridians together in the fight against COVID-19,” said DOEA Secretary Richard Prudom. “This survey furthers our effort by allowing all residents to get actionable and responsive feedback from their survey results and unite in their actions against COVID-19.”

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


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