Wilton Simpson announces Tampa General contract for Session COVID-19 plan

In an update to Senators on the chambers’ COVID-19 precautions for the upcoming Legislative Session, Senate President-Designate Wilton Simpson said Tampa General Hospital is developing a safety plan in collaboration with Senate staff.

That plan will encompass all Senate areas, including offices, the Senate Chamber, committee rooms and other public areas, according to the incoming Senate leader. In collaboration with TGH, he hopes to give Senators, staff and visitors confidence in their safety measures.

“We are actively seeking expert advice, we will make informed decisions, and we will work together to implement the best approach on how to keep everyone safe,” Simpson said.

His staff has been working with the Department of Health, universities and hospitals to explore their options. At the President-Designate’s request, outgoing Senate President Bill Galvano authorized a contract with TGH.

“While we don’t have all the answers right now, I will continue to communicate with you as we gain an understanding of the specific strategies for the Senate,” Simpson said.

Plans would also be made in collaboration with the House of Representatives.

The hospital, in partnership with USF Health, has created a strike-team-like program connecting infection prevention team members with its

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