Virus Outbreak Floirida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at C.B. Smith Park, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The park will be used for a drive thru COVID-19 testing facility. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a 30-day stay-at-home order today during his press conference. The order goes into effect Thursday at midnight. 

Residents will still be able to leave their houses for essential businesses such as grocery stores and health care providers. The governor's office will release more details regarding the order later today, according to The Washington Post. 

This comes after the daily report from the Florida Department of Health showing that the state had almost reached 7,000 cases

The county also implemented a stay-at-home order last week, forcing non-essential businesses to close. At first, it was unclear how the order would be applied. 

New COVID-19 cases

Alachua County reached 92 positive COVID-19 cases this evening. 

According to a daily report from the Florida Department of Health, the five latest cases are all Florida residents: 

  • 31-year-old female 

  • 41-year-old female

  • 44-year-old female 

  • 45-year-old male 

  • 43-year-old male 

The department’s dashboard shows that Alachua County has 14 hospitalizations under the ‘Florida Cases’ tab, but only 13 cases are listed under the ‘Cases by County’ tab. Florida’s cases also soared past 7,700 tonight, with 7,495 being state residents. 

The 30th positive case at UF was confirmed this afternoon –– an employee with the University Athletic Association. The worker’s position was not listed.

Alyssa Feliciano and Alex DeLuca contributed to this report. 


Engagement Managing Editor

Alyssa Feliciano is a journalism senior at UF. She is currently the Engagement Managing Editor. During her time at The Alligator she has worked as a staff-writer and as the University Editor.