TIMELINE: Coronavirus live updates March 30

On Monday, public school students around the state began distance learning as their schools remain closed because of the coronavirus.

ORLANDO, Fla. — State health officials have reported 5,704 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 71 deaths in Florida. Read live updates below:

9:50 p.m. update

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6:50 p.m. update

The Florida Department of Health reported 231 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths.

The total number of cases in Florida now stands at 5,704 -- 5,489 of whom are Florida residents and 215 of whom are nonresidents, state health officials said.

The death toll in Florida is at 71.

Click here to see an interactive map of cases across the state.

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6:30 p.m. update

Florida’s public schools will not reopen until May 1, Seminole County Public Schools said, citing the Florida Department of Education.

The school district said it will remain in distance learning mode through April 30 and its buildings are scheduled to reopen May 1.

“During today’s afternoon conference call with the Florida Department of Education and Commissioner Corcoran, it’s been determined that schools will remain in distance learning mode through April 30th,” the school district said in a tweet.


6 p.m. update

Volusia County Schools said its schools will remain closed and distance learning will continue until May 1.

It said all extra-curricular activities are canceled during that time.

All school district meetings will be held virtually, officials said.

The school district said it is still awaiting direction on special events, such as proms and graduations.

Distance learning started Monday at its schools.

Flagler Schools said it also will remain on its virtual learning plan through May 1 and will reassess at that point.

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5:20 p.m. update

President Donald Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force are giving a live update on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here or download the free WFTV news app to watch him speak live on Channel 9 Eyewitness News.

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4:45 p.m. update

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer are giving a live update on their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Demings said there have been 293 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, with patients ranging in age from an infant to a 90-year-old.

“We have not peaked,” he said. “Heed the warning of the stay-at-home order.”

Demings said residents should follow the order so as to not overwhelm the local health care system.

He said Orange County has the fourth highest number of confirmed cases in the state after Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Dyer said the expiration dates for building and open trade permits in the city of Orlando have been extended by six months.

He said the Orlando City Council held its first virtual meeting Monday afternoon and that it went well.

Dyer said 200,000 students in Orange County began distance learning Monday. Click here to read more about that.

He also said Lynx has suspended fares.

Watch the news conference below:

Monday's media conference addressed the first weekend of the stay at home order, the new cases announced by the Florida Dept. of Health and the first day of distance learning for Orange County Public Schools.


3:25 p.m. update

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will update what is happening with the coronavirus pandemic at 4:30 p.m. You can watch it stream live by clicking here.


2:57 p.m. update

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he does not want a cruise ship where four people died and others are sick to offload passengers for treatment in Florida.

He said said Florida cannot treat outsiders right now.

The cruise line said the passengers on board include 304 Americans.

DeSantis said Holland America should send doctors to treat passengers on board.

He also said he expects South Florida’s four counties -- Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe -- will be on near-lockdown until mid-May.


1:55 p.m. update

Seminole County emergency officials are giving a live update on the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic during the first day of a social distancing order.

Click here to read about the order, and click here to watch the live news conference.


1:25 p.m. update

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is giving a live update on the state’s response to COVID-19.


12:45 p.m. update

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12:10 p.m. update

Orange County Public Schools is giving a live update on the school district’s first day of distance learning.

Click here to watch it live on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at Noon, and click here to read more.


11:30 a.m. update

The Florida Department of Health reported 523 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths.

The total number of cases in Florida now stands at 5,473 -- 5,276 of whom are Florida residents and 197 of whom are nonresidents, state health officials said.

The death toll in Florida is at 63.

See a county-by-county breakdown of coronavirus cases in Central Florida below, and click here to see an interactive map of cases across the state:

• Orange: 293 cases

• Osceola: 94 cases

• Seminole: 87 cases

• Volusia: 65 cases

• Sumter: 46 cases

• Polk: 46 cases

• Lake 47 Cases

• Brevard: 31 cases

• Marion: 23 cases

• Flagler: 13 cases

Click here or download the free WFTV news app to watch live, in-depth coverage of the coronavirus pandemic on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at Noon.


11:10 a.m. update

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will sign an executive order allowing retired law enforcement and medical professionals to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Watch his full news conference below:


10:15 a.m. update:

Gov. Ron DeSantis is giving a live update on the coronavirus at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

DeSantis will then hold another press conference at a mobile testing site in Palm Beach County at 1:30 p.m.

Click here to read more.


10:05 a.m. update:

SunRail announced they will run on a modified schedule effective Tuesday. You can read the latest schedule here.


10 a.m. update:

Seminole County officials will hold a 2 p.m. press conference to provide updates regarding care for families amid the coronavirus outbreak.


7:25 a.m. update:

Update: The press conference has been canceled

Deltona Mayor Heidi Herzberg will conduct a press conference at 3:00 p.m. to provide updates regarding the city’s actions during the COVID-19 outbreak.


6:24 a.m. update:

Gov. Ron DeSantis will hold a 10 a.m. press conference to provide an update on the coronavirus in Miami.

The governor will then hold another press conference at a mobile testing site in Palm Beach County at 1:30 p.m.


4:32 a.m. update:

The number of coronavirus cases continues to climb across Florida.

There are now 4,950 cases across the state, according to health officials.

Dade and Broward counties remain the two counties with the most cases.

Florida health officials said 60 residents have died from COVID-19.

Click here to read a recap of what happened Sunday.

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