Florida COVID-19 deaths rise to 20, First death reported in Pinellas County

The Florida Department of Health reported three additional coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 fatalities today with deaths being reported in St. Johns, Pinellas and Lee counties. This brings the total deaths to 20 to date.

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Officials are reporting 1,467 total COVID-19 cases–1,379 in Florida residents and 88 cases in non-Florida residents.

Dade (367), Broward (312), Palm Beach (104) and Hillsborough (95) counties have reported the most cases.

On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis  announced Executive Order 20-80, which requires those who travel to Florida from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the state.

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Finally, DeSantis sent a letter to President Donald Trump formally requesting that he declare a Major Disaster as Florida responds to COVID-19.

The letter requested the inclusion of the following Individual Assistance Programs in the declaration: Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program.

In addition to the Individual Assistance Programs, the declaration requests additional resources and support from FEMA.


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