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Gov. Ron DeSantis declares state of emergency for coronavirus outbreak

State of Emergency
Posted at 5:24 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 10:43:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency as the coronavirus continues impacting the state.

DeSantis announced that he signed the declaration on Monday, just before holding a press conference at the Capitol.

He says the declaration will allow Florida to access additional resource to contain and prevent any additional spread of COVID-19. It will also allow for a more unified command between agencies and out of state medical personnel to come in if need be.

The governor confirmed that there are 18 positive cases of coronavirus in the state, five of whom are isolated in another state and one out of state resident.

Two deaths from the coronavirus have been reported in the state.

Last week, DeSantis issued an executive order directing the state's surgeon general to issue a public health emergency. A state of a emergency issuance is broader than a public health emergency, and allows the state to access additional resources.