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Governor orders quarantine of NY, NJ and CT air travelers

By Staff | Mar 24, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Monday which will require all who travel by plane from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in Florida.

Arriving passengers will be screened by health officials and law enforcement and told they must self-quarantine, the Associated Press reported adding, “those travelers will not be allowed to stay with family or friends, because that is one way the virus is spread.”

Those violating the the order could risk being charged criminally.

Also on Monday, DeSantis asked President Donald Trump to declare Florida a disaster area, saying the coronavirus outbreak is having a “drastic effect” on the state’s economy and medical providers.

He requests disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, community disaster loans and disaster supplemental nutrition assistance.

The actions are the latest by DeSantis in a flurry of orders he has been issuing over the past week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DeSantis has also banned non-essential elective medical and surgical procedures at hospitals, closed all state parks and beaches, banned dining-in at restaurants, shut down bars and nightclubs during the current state of emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

As Tuesday morning, there were 1,412 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida. There have been 259 hospitalizations due to the disease with 18 deaths.

Individuals tested as of Tuesday morning totaled 15,547: the 1,412 positives, 13,127 negatives and 1,008 pending results.

As of Tuesday morning, Lee County had 32 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 with 14 requiring hospitalization. There have been two fatalities this month in Lee County.

For most individuals, symptoms are mild and do not result in a life-threatening illness. Older individuals, and those with pre-existing health issues are most at risk and are also urged to stay home to mitigate exposure to the virus, which is considered highly contagious.

Of the confirmed positive cases in Lee County, most are 60 or older. Cases also include at least three individuals in their 50s as well as a 23-year-old male resident of Florida who traveled to Tennessee and a 21-year-old female who is not a Florida resident who traveled to Spain.

As of Monday, Lee Health had 79 employees quarantined at home though none have tested positive for COVID-19.