Live: Gov. Ron DeSantis holds press conference, coronavirus updates
Gov. Ron DeSantis COVID-19, live press conference at 4:30pm Thursday.
Florida hit another unwelcome milestone Thursday morning, with the state reporting 128 deaths linked to COVID-19. That's an increase of 27 from Wednesday night.
The statewide total of those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus has hit 8,010, according to the morning advisory from the state Department of Health.
As the number of total cases grew, so too did the number of hospitalized patients, where there are 1,058.
While the majority of deaths have been in those 55 and older, the number of confirmed cases in all age groups is increasing. There are 29 cases reported in those younger than 4 and another 47 in those between 5 and 14 years old.
The bulk of those infected by the virus are between the ages of 25 and 74.
Miami-Dade County, which has long led the state in total number of cases, continues to see the most cases, 2,448, In Broward County, 1,346 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued statewide restrictions Wednesday aimed at keeping more Floridians home as the peak of COVID-19 cases still looms weeks away.
Statewide, efforts are being launched to ramp up testing. Collectively, 77,319 have received testing for COVID-19. Among the results are 69,286 who have tested negative for coronavirus and 1,285 whose results are pending.
DeSantis issues statewide safer-at-home order
1:20 p.m. April 1
Gov. Ron DeSantis will issue a safer-at-home order for the next 30 days.
DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday during a press conference in Tallahassee.
The order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Under the order, people will be allowed to engage in 'essential activities." Details on what constitutes an activity as essential are said to be released later Wednesday.