Florida governor Ron DeSantis issues Florida coronavirus stay-at-home order

Florida governor Ron DeSantis issues Florida coronavirus stay-at-home order

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis  mandated a 30-day stay-at-home order for the state on April 1st, requiring that its nearly 21 million residents stay indoors unless they are pursuing essential services or activities. His executive order will take effect midnight Thursday.

DeSantis took heavy criticism from state lawmakers for refusing to enact that order, even as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases have nearly surpassed 7,000 in the state, including at least 85 deaths as of Tuesday. The number of people testing positive for covid-19 has accelerated rapidly, nearly doubling in the past four days, with 3,274 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 6,741 as of Tuesday evening.

The state reported 857 people hospitalized and 85 deaths as of Tuesday, with the heaviest concentration of infection in Broward and Miami-Dade counties along the southeast coast and pockets in other areas like Tampa and Orange County, home of Walt Disney World. On Tuesday alone, 14 deaths were reported in the state, according to the Miami Herald.

Indeed, on the covid-19 nationwide map maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Florida just turned dark brown, the color signifying more than 5,000 cases. It’s now in the company of California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey as of Monday, the cutoff of CDC map data with Louisiana having crossed the 5,000 threshold Tuesday.

Of those states, however, Florida had been the only one not under a statewide “stay-at-home” order. DeSantis has until now urged people in Southeast Florida to remain at home and said this week he would issue a “safer at home” order codifying that advice.

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