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FILE: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gestures as he stands with State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees during a news conference Monday, March 2, 2020, in Tampa. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

DeSantis extends state of emergency for 60 days

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday issued an executive order extending the state of emergency for 60 days due to the coronavirus.

The state of emergency was first issued March 9.

The extension comes as COVID-19 cases soar in the state, with 213,794 positive cases recorded statewide since the onset of the pandemic.

The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday released numbers about the coronavirus in the state. Here are some takeaways:

  • 213,794: Total number of cases;
  • 7,347: Increase in cases from Monday’s count;
  • 61,360: Increase in cases during the past week (from a June 30 count);
  • 3,841: Deaths of Florida residents;
  • 63: Increase in Florida resident deaths from a Monday count, with deaths of people who tested positive in Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Columbia, Miami-Dade, Duval, Escambia, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Madison, Manatee, Martin, Nassau, Okaloosa, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, St. Lucie and Volusia counties;
  • 336: Increase in Florida resident deaths during the past week;
  • 1,980: Deaths of residents or staff members of long-term care facilities;
  • 30: Increase in long-term care deaths from a Monday count;
  • 16,425: Cumulative hospitalizations of Florida residents from the coronavirus;
  • 380: Increase in cumulative hospitalizations from a Monday count;
  • 2,271,267: Test results received by the Florida Department of Health;
  • 9.4: Percentage of positive test results.

Source: Florida Department of Health

Writer:WINK News
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