Coronavirus in Florida: Gov. DeSantis orders 'safer at home' rule for all of South Florida
The morning after President Trump issued a 30-day extension of a federal voluntary shutdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday announced a four-county "safer at home" executive order for all of southeast Florida.
"With this order we are going guns blazing to do all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19," Desantis said at a news conference in the parking lot of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
The order codifies stay-at-home orders enacted by local officials in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, and extends those restrictions to Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys.
"We want to get all four counties on the same sheet of music," DeSantis said. "Sixty percent of all cases are in the southeast Florida community, which is the most densely populated part of the state."
He said it also has the most international travel and "a lot of interaction with New York that has provided more seeds to have the virus in southeast Florida."
As of Monday morning, Florida had 5,473 total cases of 54,182 tested. That includes 654 hospitalized and 63 dead. It is up from 4,950 at 5 p.m. Sunday.
DeSantis has ordered all air travelers into Florida's major airports to register with the state and self-quarantine. He's also ordered checkpoints for motorists at entry points to Florida on Interstate 10 and Interstate 95 to register people coming into Florida and telling them to also self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
President Trump extended the federal shutdown after public health officials said the number of deaths in the U.S. could hit 100,000 or more in the coming weeks.
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This story originally published to tallahassee.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the USA TODAY Network - Florida.