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STATE OF FLORIDA EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-72
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
(Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures)
WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory
illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with
symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath; and
WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order number 20-51 directing the
Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and
WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer
declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of
emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on March 18, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services recommended providers limit all “non-essential” elective medical and
surgical procedures, including dental procedures; and
WHEREAS, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the State Surgeon General and the
Secretary for the Agency of Health Care Administration have recommended, due to the current
conditions caused by CO VID-19 in this state, that appropriate measures must be taken to conserve
all medical supplies, including personal protective equipment, to only that which is necessary to
be used in response to this emergency or for any other medical event of urgent or emergent nature;
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