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  • 09/04/2020 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    In a roundtable discussion at a Green Bench Brewing Company in St. Pete, Governor DeSantis emphasized his desire to safely reopen bars and breweries, but no word yet on when that will be. Coming into the Labor Day Weekend, the Governor is confident that the state is in “good shape” and does not expect to see a significant increase in cases.

    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

    Total cases: 637,013

    Resident hospitalizations: 39,428

    Resident deaths: 11,650

    Non-resident deaths: 150

    Total tests: 4,724,739

    Overall percent positive: 13.48%


  • 09/03/2020 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    On September 2, 2020, Representative Dane Eagle was appointed as the new Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), following Ken Lawson’s resignation on Monday. Governor DeSantis, along with Visit Florida CEO Dana Young, announced a new marketing campaigned aimed at encouraging in-state travel by Florida residents.

    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

    Total cases: 633,442

    Resident hospitalizations: 39,158

    Resident deaths: 11,501

    Non-resident deaths: 150

    Total tests: 4,700,822

    Overall percent positive: 13.48%


  • 09/01/2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Data from the Department of Health shows Florida reported the lowest number of new cases this morning since June 14. Governor DeSantis held an education roundtable in Tallahassee with Stanford doctor and White House advisor, Scott Atlas, as the remainder of Florida districts started back to school today. All districts are currently offering in-person instruction as an option, with the exception of Palm Beach, Broward, and South Florida. On Friday, the 1st District Court of Appeals imposed a stay on the Circuit Court’s previous ruling regarding the teachers union lawsuit on reopening schools, meaning the emergency order remains in effect as schools reopen. Also Friday, Governor DeSantis issued an executive order suspending license and permit renewals for the manufacture, sale, and distribution of alcohol through December 31st.

    Executive Order 20-211 (below) provides a limited, one-month extension to Executive Order 20-180, which made significant changes to prior versions of the mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief orders.

    EO 20-211 re extension of mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief.pdf

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 August 31.pdf

  • 08/31/2020 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 August 28.pdf


  • 08/24/2020 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Positivity rates for the state are below 10% for new cases for the 8th straight day, and more recently have fallen below 10% in South Florida. Governor DeSantis says he’s talking with leaders in Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach about how and when to begin to ease restrictions and join the rest of the state in Phase 2 of reopening.

    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

    Total cases: 588,602

    Resident hospitalizations: 35,650

    Resident deaths: 10,049

    Non-resident deaths: 135

    Total tests: 4,342,418

    Overall percent positive: 13.55%


  • 08/11/2020 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 August 10.pdf

  • 08/11/2020 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    On August 8, 2020 President Trump signed four executive orders after negotiations on the Hill have stalled.

    The Executive Orders:

    • Provide an additional $400 a week of unemployment benefits
      • Authorizes Secretary of Homeland Security, through FEMA, to make additional federal money available for the UI benefits.  
      • States must cover 25 percent of the cost. The order provides that the states should use the money they received from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (and other State funding) to cover the additional costs.  
    • Allow employers to defer payment of employee-side payroll taxers through the end of 2020 for people making less than $100,000 annually.
      • Retroactive to August 1.  
    • Extends the eviction moratorium
      • Directs agencies like Treasury, HUD, HHS, and CDC to take “such action as appropriate.”
    • Defers student loan payments.
      • Federally held student loans will have the option to defer payments with no penalty through 2020.


  • 07/28/2020 11:48 AM | Anonymous

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 July 27.pdf

  • 07/24/2020 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:
    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 July 22.pdf

    On July 22, 2020 Governor DeSantis gave a live address to the state of Florida on the upcoming school year. He appeared to take a different approach than the Commissioner of Education did a couple weeks ago, when he ordered schools to reopen. Rather, the Governor encouraged families to come together for the sake of our kids and to not be paralyzed by fear. Watch the six minute video or read the transcript here.


  • 07/22/2020 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    For the latest updates on Florida COVID-19 State and local action click on the link below:

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 July 21.pdf

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