ORLANDO, Fla. — State health officials have reported 1,467 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 20 deaths. Orange County on Tuesday issued a stay-at-home order beginning for two weeks beginning Thursday night.
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9:30 p.m. update
Orange County Public Schools announced Tuesday that all proms within the district have been canceled.
The district said the cancellations come from the recommendations of the CDC and the Florida Department of Health about social gatherings, in addition to some venues canceling.
The district has also canceled all Grad Bash events.
Tickets will be refunded for prom and Grad Bash events, the district said.
No decision has been made regarding graduation, but the district tweeted it still hopes to host the ceremony. A decision will be made on graduation in the upcoming weeks.
7:20 p.m. update
Orange County said it will issue a stay-at-home order from 11 p.m. Thursday until 11 p.m. April 9. Essential businesses will be allowed to remain open.
What’s the difference between an essential business and a non-essential business? The county said the following:
Health care providers, pharmacists, veterinarians, therapists, restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, produce stands, banks, news organizations, hardware stores, gas stations, licensed contractors, mail and shipping services, waste management, laundromats, airlines, assisted living facilities, landscapers, day care facilities and more. Click here to see a full list.
Amusement rides, carnivals, water parks, pools, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, bowling alleys, pool halls, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations.
6:45 p.m. update
The Florida Department of Health reported two more deaths and 55 more cases of coronavirus in the state.
Health officials said there are now 1,467 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and 20 deaths.
Of the cases, 1,379 involved Florida residents and 88 are nonresidents.
6:15 p.m. update
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5:25 p.m. update
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he has issued a stay-at-home order for all of Orange County and the cities within it, lasting from 11 p.m. Thursday until 11 p.m. April 9.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said people will still be allowed to leave their home to buy groceries, to order takeout, to buy supplies to work from home, to get exercise and to visit the pharmacist or doctor’s office, so long as they practice social distancing.
Officials said that those who cannot work from home will still be able to go to work.
They said businesses that do not sell “essential items” must close once the order goes into effect.
“The order prohibits things like visiting other people’s homes (except to provide care or supplies), gatherings of more than 10 people and closes all non-essential establishments, including most retail, recreation and entertainment businesses,” the city of Orlando said in a statement. “Residents will be allowed to conduct essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care or taking their pet for a walk.”
Click here to read the full executive order.
Sheriff John Mina said he and his deputies are not interested in arresting people who violate the stay-at-home order. Instead, he said he wants the public to be in the “right frame of mind.”
He said he learned Monday evening that an Orange County deputy tested positive for the coronavirus after traveling internationally. Mina said the deputy has not been at work for three weeks.
Universal Orlando Resort said it is extending its closure through April 19.
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5:06 p.m. update
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings is expected to give a live update on the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to watch live
4:20 p.m. update
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4 p.m. update
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said health officials will issue a health advisory that states that all people 65 or older need to stay home to minimize their chance of exposure to the coronavirus.
He said he is also expanding an executive order restricting gatherings of more than 10 people at private residences and public places, such as town squares.
DeSantis said he will sign an additional executive order stating that anyone who has traveling from the greater New York City area within the last three weeks needs to self-quarantine for 14 days and notify people with whom they have had contact.
He blamed people flying in from New York and New Jersey for potentially spreading the coronavirus.
DeSantis said people fleeing from those states have mostly gone to South Florida and some to Orlando.
He has resisted calling for a statewide shutdown and stay-at-home orders as several other governors have done.
Instead, DeSantis has shifted the onus to residents from elsewhere.
On Monday, he issued an executive order requiring anyone arriving on a flight from the New York City area to self-quarantine for 14 days.
DeSantis has said he wants to avoid imposing a statewide shelter-in-place order. He called such an action a “blunt instrument” that could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.
He said the state received 39,000 unemployment claims Sunday and Monday.
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2:28 p.m. update
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be giving a live update on the coronavirus at 3 p.m.
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1:50 p.m. update
President Donald Trump said he is considering loosening coronavirus restrictions and hopes that the county will be reopened by Easter.
He said he is weighing how to refine nationwide social-distancing guidelines to put some workers back on the job amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As many public health officials call for stricter, not looser restrictions on public interactions, Trump said he was already looking toward easing the advisories that have sidelined workers, shuttered schools and led to a widespread economic slowdown.
He said that he would “love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”
1:20 p.m. update
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11:05 a.m update
The Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday morning that there are now 1,412 cases of COVID-19 in the state and 18 deaths. That is up from 1,227 cases and 17 deaths Monday night.
COUNTIES WITH NEW CASES:
Orange: 50 (up from 48 last night)
Osceola: 26 (up from 25 last night)
Seminole: 23 (up from 22 last night)
Volusia: 18 (up from 16 last night)
Lake: 14 (up from 9 last night)
Sumter: 10 (up from 8 last night)
Brevard: 9 (up from 7 last night)
Flagler: 4 (up from 3 last night)
11 a.m. update
Officials said an employee at Marion Correctional Institution Work Camp (MCIWC) was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.
10:30 a.m. update
A Flagler Beach police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, Police Chief Matt Doughney said in a statement Tuesday.
“Our Officer has been at home since exhibiting symptoms last week and the Health Department is actively monitoring the Officers condition,” Doughney said.
As a precautionary measure, Doughney said a second Flagler Beach officer has been isolated at home since last week as well due to that officer having direct contact with the officer who tested positive.
9:22 a.m. update:
Seminole County Emergency Management Chief Administrator Alan Harris will answer questions for locals on Facebook Live regarding the county’s response to the coronavirus at 10:30 a.m.
8:52 a.m. update:
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. with health officials to provide an update on the coronavirus within the county.
4:43 a.m. update:
More than 130,000 people have signed a change.org petition asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to enact a measure that would close non-essential businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak.
People would only be able to leave home for things like grocery shopping, visiting a doctor, or picking up takeout, but Gov. DeSantis said he needs to consider the economic impact on the parts of the state that doesn’t have any cases.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking President Donald Trump to declare a Major Disaster for Florida as the state responds to COVID-19.
In his letter to the president, DeSantis requests disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, community disaster loans and the disaster supplemental nutrition program.
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