Live: Gov. Ron DeSantis holds press conference, coronavirus updates
Governor Ron DeSantis’ press conference regarding COVID-19 on Thursday, April 16.
As of Thursday morning the Florida Department of Health reported that the coronavirus claimed the lives of another 19 Floridians. This brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 633.
The DOH also reported that as of Thurday’s advisory the total number of confirmed cases for the state is 22,897 with each county reporting at least one case. Of the confirmed cases 3,305 have been or had been admitted to the hospital.
As of April 15, 10,958 tests were performed and there were 1,266 positive results.
The state Department of Health does not currently measure “recovery,” and doesn't expect to have such a designation anytime in the near future, adding that the definition of recovery is a contested issue.
"Until some of these issues and definitions are worked out at the local, state and national level, we will not be providing a metric for recovery," the agency said.
The new numbers are in line with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ comments that Florida’s regimen of social distancing and stay-at-home directives are "flattening the curve" and not overtaxing the state’s health care system.