DeSantis: If feds issue stay-at-home order, would "carry a lot of weight"

State and local cases increase: Alachua Co. nears 90 positives, Marion Co. 25

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March 25, 2020 - 8:56 am
Gov. Ron DeSantis address on coronavirus in Tallahassee March 24, 2020

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TALLAHASSEE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that a White House recommendation to implement a stay-at-home order would “carry a lot of weight” with him as the state addresses the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I’m in contact with them, and basically I’ve said, ‘are you guys recommending this?’” DeSantis said at a press conference Tuesday, referring to the White House’s COVID-19 task force. “The task force has not recommended that to me. Obviously if they do, that is something that would carry a lot of weight with me.”

DeSantis added in the press conference that he would follow any updated guidance from the White House’s guidelines and urged seniors and those with underlying medical conditions to stay home.

“You’re safer at home and we want you to come out of this on the other side strong and intact,” he said.

The remarks come as DeSantis faces an avalanche of criticism from Florida Democrats over his response to the coronavirus, which has exploded in the state in recent weeks.

DeSantis has issued a stay-at-home order for the southern portion of the state and required that any travelers from New York City, New Jersey and Louisiana self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival to Florida.

However, state Democrats have said the stay-at-home order should apply to all of Florida to prevent further spread of the highly infectious virus.

“I don’t know what part of pandemic the governor doesn’t understand,” Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) told The Palm Beach Post.

DeSantis has refrained from ordering people to stay at home statewide, claiming that businesses and workers in unaffected counties would be unnecessarily harmed.

Over 6,700 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Florida, and 85 people in the state have died. 

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