(SS) As Florida reports 1,171 cases of the new coronavirus on Monday morning, South Florida finds itself in many ways on lockdown.
Fourteen people have died across the state. The latest death was in Palm Beach County. “South Florida is pretty much down to just essential operations,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said as he spoke to the news media from a golf course at The Villages, a Central Florida seniors-only community where he was announcing the opening of a drive-thru coronavirus testing site.
As the governor spoke, individuals wearing masks, gloves and raincoats could be seen teeing off behind him.
On Sunday night, Broward County published an order shutting down all retail and commercial businesses, effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties made similar moves last week, in an effort to reduce contact between persons and slow the spread of the deadly virus.
Across the region, businesses that people depend on are remaining open, including grocery stores and pharmacies; health care providers, such as doctor’s offices and urgent care centers; as well as banks and gas stations.
Broward and Miami-Dade are the counties with the highest number of coronavirus cases in Florida. Broward has 258 cases. Miami-Dade has 267.
By the numbers
There are now 1,171 documented cases of the new coronavirus in Florida, according to state figures released at 11 a.m. Monday.
The numbers include the first death in Palm Beach County and three in Broward, out of 14 total deaths from COVID-19 in Florida.
In South Florida, Miami-Dade has 267 cases, Broward 258 and Palm Beach County 72. There have been no reported deaths in Miami-Dade County.
There are more than 353,000 confirmed cases worldwide in more than 100 countries and territories, with more than 15,400 deaths.
The number of documented cases in a given location is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the actual number of infected people.
However, given the limited data, reliable estimates of the total number of infected persons in the state are not currently available as of Sunday, March 22.
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