Rust weighs in on proposed TTSI task force

Page 1 of TTSI Letter to the Governor

Dr. George Rust, clinician, professor and Director of the Center for Medicine and Public Health, was asked recently for comment on a newly proposed task force that would inform Florida's reopening during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The TTSI Task Force was proposed by three members of the Florida Senate in a June 8, 2020 letter to Governor DeSantis. In it, senators Berman, Cruz and Torres state that in the absence of a clear national strategy, it is incumbent upon the state to build its own planning and implementation structure to contain sudden outbreaks that might occur during reopening. The call for a task force that will allow for "cross-silo coordination" to address (1) supply chain issues related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and testing supplies, (2) development of a contact tracing regime, and (3) implementation of supported isolation programs. Dr. Rust noted that other types of coordination are happening at the local level and he sees a benefit to statewide communications, with a primary benefit of rapid response in a changing environment. 

TTSI is short for (t)esting, (t)racing and (s)upported (i)solation, which these senators believe are critical considerations facing Florida during its Coronavirus response.


WTXL article on proposed TTSI Task Force/Letter to the Governor