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A Florida National Guard soldier prepares to administer a nasal swab for a local resident at the Orange County Convention Center test site. Photo credit: Sgt. Spencer Rhodes

Coronavirus Latest for 3/28: DeSantis Secures Hydroxychloroquine for Florida Hospitals, Orange County Infant Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Florida cases top 4,000 Matthew Peddie, WMFE Florida now has 4,038 coronavirus cases. Updated figures from the Florida Department of Health on Saturday afternoon show 567 people have been hospitalized, and 56 people have died from COVID-19 Miami Dade has 1097 cases, the most of any Florida county. Central Florida cases:  Orange- 213 cases Osceola–74 cases Seminole–68 cases Volusia–44 cases Polk–37 cases Brevard–27 cases Sumter- 40 cases Lake- 34 cases Marion–18 cases 11-month-old child among the latest coronavirus cases in Orange County The 213 coronavirus cases in Orange County include an 11 month old child.  Dr. Raul Pino, director of the county health department said no other details were available about the case.  “To those parents who probably are scared …
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UF experts are teaming up with others to design a ventilator people can build in case the machines  are needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these images from video, components are demonstrated in the lab. Photo: UF

UF experts collaborate to design a DIY ventilator for COVID-19 crisis

Imagine teams of volunteers building ventilators, with each team member assigned a job. One does the pipes. One does the electronics. One loads the software. Then they put it all together and, voila, a ventilator. This is possible, thanks to anesthesiology professor Sem Lampotang  and his team of open source collaborators at UF and around the world. Lampotang is an inventor with numerous medical patents. He designed a commercial ventilator years ago.  He says the engineering for this project is rigorous. The difference is anyone can get the parts, including PVC pipes and sprinkler valves. “The concept is a proven design,” Lampotang said. “What is not proven is using — I’m laughing a bit — is using Home Depot parts.” …
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