(BREAKING NEWS — OP-ED) — The following link will take you to the latest announcement of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordering a statewide “stay-at-home” order:  CLICK HERE!  For an actual in-depth copy of the Order, click the link:


The order goes into effect Thursday, April 2, 2020 at midnight EDT and will last for 30 days.  This is probably a minimum stay-at-home, depending on how cooperative people are with this order. 

This means that Florida residents can only leave their homes if they absolutely have to travel for essential services (unless they can get delivery of pharmacy meds) like grocery shopping and doctor’s office visits or trips to the emergency room if you start experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (but only after getting permission from a health care provider who pre-screens you for the virus). 

A list of what are considered “essential services” will be published as soon as the Governor’s office makes it available. 

At the time of the announcement by the Governor, 7,773 total cases have been logged in for the State with 7,495 testing positive.  So far, 990 people have been hospitalized and 101 people have died so far.  The death toll is expected to be into the hundreds in Florida, as this poster has previously predicted. Before this is all over, given the number of patients being hospitalized, the death toll could go well over 1,000. 

Those who were on spring break down in Florida have probably contributed to the total infected elsewhere throughout the country.  The effects these college kids had on the Florida population has not yet been determined. 

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