As Florida’s confirmed coronavirus instances jumped to greater than 1,400 Tuesday, the state stays open amid requires Gov. Ron DeSantis to order a statewide lockdown.
As of Tuesday night, 1,467 individuals within the state had the respiratory sickness, in accordance with the newest numbers from the Florida Division of Well being. The numbers embody residents — 1,379 instances — and guests — 88 cases– identified whereas in Florida. The state numbers additionally embody 20 individuals who have died from the sickness.
Earlier within the day, the state introduced 1,412 Florida-related instances.
Shortly earlier than the night numbers had been launched, Mayor Jerry Demings introduced that Orange County could be underneath a stay-at-home order, efficient Thursday night time.
As of Tuesday, greater than 15,500 individuals had been examined for coronavirus because the Florida Nationwide Guard opened a number of large-scale testing websites throughout the state. Personal labs have additionally performed testing.
Florida’s COVID-19 instances are leaning youthful, regardless of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention warning that older populations are extra in danger for the sickness. Greater than 60% of confirmed instances are youthful than 59 years outdated, in accordance with the Florida DOH numbers.
On Monday, DeSantis mentioned he didn’t need to shut off Florida, as a substitute ordering all vacationers flying into Florida airports from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, so-called scorching spots, to be screened for COVID-19 and positioned underneath a compulsory 14-day quarantine after their arrival.
“Right now, there are over 190 direct flights from the New York Metropolis space to Florida,” DeSantis mentioned Monday. “I might reckon, given the outbreak, there that each single flight has somebody on it that’s constructive for COVID-19, in order we’re working to cease it within the state of Florida.”
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DeSantis mentioned a whole bunch of individuals fled New York after the state was set to start sheltering in place. Circumstances in New York have continued to rise and on Monday skilled a surge of a further 5,000 instances placing the state’s complete at 21,689, in accordance with the New York Occasions.
Some Florida Democrats are calling on the Republican governor to impose a statewide stay-at-home order, however DeSantis mentioned states which have carried out so have seen massive numbers of residents refuse to conform.
A petition circulating on-line asking the governor to place Florida on lockdown amid the outbreak is gaining widespread help with greater than 171,000 signatures and counting.
In the meantime, some Florida cities and counties have issued stay-at-home orders for residents, together with hardest hit areas in Miami-Dade County and Alachua County, which incorporates the College of Florida.
The governor has ordered such statewide closures as bars and gymnasiums, and restricted eating places to takeout and supply. State parks have been closed. Some counties have gone additional, closing not solely nonessential companies but additionally seashores, marinas and another public areas.
Whereas within the U.S. the primary stories of coronavirus instances had been worldwide journey associated, about half of the instances in Florida are underneath investigation as to how the affected person was uncovered to the extremely contagious virus, in accordance with the DOH.
The DOH updates its testing and case numbers twice each day at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Right here’s a breakdown of the Central Florida instances:
Brevard County: 9 instances
Flagler County: four instances
Lake County: 14 instances
Marion County: four instances
Orange County: 52 instances
Osceola County: 26 instances
Polk County: 13 instances
Seminole County: 25 instances
Sumter County: 10 instances
Volusia County: 19 instances
In Central Florida on Tuesday, there have been new instances confirmed within the space in nearly each county, in accordance with the state numbers, nonetheless, as native well being division affirm new instances that would change all through the day.
Just below 2,500 individuals have been examined for COVID-19 throughout Central Florida, in accordance with Florida DOH numbers.
The Related Press contributed to this story.
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