A second patient in Lee County has died from COVID-19

Wednesday, 18 Mar, 2020

Instead he urged local governments to take action.

"We received new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and are in the process of internalizing it and see how it would affect policy in the state of Florida", DeSantis said.

DeSantis had already announced that Florida ordered 2,500 COVID-19 testing kits and that 1,000 of the kits had arrived in the state. "And so I feel this makes the most sense".

The state's emergency management director, Jared Moskowitz, said Florida is still finalizing details on how to deploy its drive-thru virus-testing station.

"He has shown great support for Florida's restaurants".

The department of health reports 70 Florida residents have contracted coronavirus, with six diagnosed and isolated outside of Florida, and seven non-Florida residents now in the state.

During a news conference, DeSantis said three infected Broward County residents have no known connection to a virus source such as travel to China or Europe or contact with someone who just returned.

"Lee Health is saddened to announce the second death from COVID-19 of a patient in our care".

The governor at recent press events has said that Florida did not have community spread of the virus, even though federal health officials had said otherwise.

Florida on Tuesday reported 192 patients have tested positive for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which started in China past year and causes symptoms similar to the flu, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The move was announced as cases of COVID-19 increased to more than 130 cases in Florida on Sunday. That figure includes four University of Florida students.

The University is looking into the possibility to reschedule Spring commencement at a later date.

Though not required at this time, state universities should consider using remote instruction for the early summer terms as well.

Here's the statement that was released.

DeSantis said the shift to online classes for the rest of the spring is meant to push students to leave campus and go home.

The governor said the decision was made in an effort "to heed the president's call" one day after President Trump announced a set of guidelines that he said Americans should follow for 15 days to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus. "We think that that'll be safer for everybody". On March 15, the university issued an update strongly encouraging its employees to work remotely until April 6 if possible.