Florida reports 4,000 new COVID-19 cases, Issues additional public health advisory

The Florida Department of Health issued an additional Public Health Advisory Saturday in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus. The advisory is in addition to steps that the Department has taken to increase mitigation measures, including the purchase of 20 million cloth masks, which are actively being distributed statewide.

CDC/ Cynthia S. Goldsmith and A. Tamin

Today, Governor DeSantis also directed the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to increase inspections to ensure that businesses are adhering to applicable Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidance.

The Public Health Advisory provides the following recommendations:

    1. All individuals in Florida should wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless any of the following apply:
      • A child is under two years of age;
      • An individual has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering;
      • An individual is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
      • An individual works in a profession where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession; or
      • An individual is engaged in outdoor work or recreation with appropriate social distancing in place.
    2. All individuals over the age of 65 and all individuals of any age with high-risk health conditions should limit personal interactions outside of the home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
    3. All individuals should refrain from participation in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people. For all gatherings of fewer than 50 people, individuals should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from each other and wearing a face covering.

DOH reported an additional 4,049 new positive COVID-19 cases (4,027 Florida residents and 24 non-Florida residents) and 40 deaths.

There are a total of 93,797 Florida cases with 3,144 deaths related to COVID-19.


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