He already issued this week identical restrictions on travelers arriving from New York, New Jersey and CT. Republican Gov. DeSantis said President Donald Trump also talked to him about a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and CT amid concerns that their residents have infected people in other regions, such as Florida.
"There's a fear that as New Orleans becomes more of a hot spot, that you could have an influx of people into the Florida Panhandle from Louisiana", De-Santis told PNJ.
Florida was already requiring air travelers from Louisiana, New York and New Jersey to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Louisiana was added to the list of states with a substantial community spread of coronavirus after a recent spike in COVID-19 positives among residents and people who traveled there.
The state will also be suspending vacation rentals: People now staying in one can finish their stay, but must then return home. "If they're telling you to shelter in place, then do that". "Now's not really the time to do that, so the vacation rentals will be suspended for two weeks".
Saying that the state was "beefing up supplies", he said 1,000 testing swabs will be pushed out to several hard-hit counties.
'The longer you wait to shut us down, the longer it will take for our state to recover from all of this!' one woman wrote. "And if you look at our numbers, you're now seeing many, many more tests than were done just a week and a half ago".
Four more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a spokeswoman said Saturday afternoon. Those tests will be sent to the most heavily-impacted areas of the state.
"We really believe that given the economic circumstances, putting this [money] into some infrastructure would be good for the economy, be able to put some people back to work, so stay tuned on that", he said.
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Federal health officials have said more study is needed on the efficacy of the drug as a treatment for COVID-19.
The state is seeking options for labs with increased testing capacity, he said.
Rather than move to close the state off at this point, DeSantis argued that he and other officials have responded to the outbreak by following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
DeSantis, who has repeatedly rejected calls to lock down Florida to contain the virus, noted that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reports that people continue to "violate social-distancing requirements as people tie boats together and have group parties". "We can't be having these large crowds", he said.
Greg Meyer, the spokesman for the Broward County Aviation Department, said that the screening process was much less aggressive than what DeSantis described.
"A lot of low and moderate wage employees have really suffered a lot, and we don't want to compound that", he said.
Earlier Friday the Department of Health announced that the number of confirmed cases in Florida had risen to 2,900, including 35 deaths.
DeSantis has also supported a moratorium on evictions.
Gov. Ron Desantis announced the measure Friday, saying it will limit visitors from problem areas around the country.