Coronavirus: Florida holding off on stay-at-home order amid growing pressure for lockdown

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – States across the country are ordering millions of citizens to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s unclear if Florida will follow suit.

Massachusetts, Ohio, Louisiana and Deleware are the latest states to announce a shelter-in-place order, joining Jersey, California, New York, Illinois and Connecticut.

Florida Governor Ron Desantis has thus far held off on issuing a stay-at-home order. At a press conference in The Villages on Monday, the governor said he would not be imposing a stay-at-home order at this point, but he plans to implement more changes soon.

As of Monday morning, 14 people have died of the virus in Florida. Hillsborough County has 73 cases, the most in Tampa Bay. Pinellas County had 40 cases and Sarasota County had 19.

There is no stay-at-home order in Hillsborough County, but Tampa mayor Jane Castor said that could change in the coming days.

“We are anticipating that we will have a ‘stay-at-home’ order either through the state or in this area,” said Tampa mayor Jane Castor on Sunday.

DeSantis was in The Villages to talk about the overall impact of the virus on the state’s health system, and to announce a new testing site ran by the University of Florida. The testing site is available to residents in The Villages who make an appointment.

“Anyone who is 65 and over who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus,” DeSantis said. “That’s things like a cough, a fever, shortness of breath. And, if that is you we want you to be able to come in here and get a test.”

For more information on that testing site, visit UFHealthCovid.com.

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