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Miami Herald

When DeSantis issued stay-at-home order, Florida had already logged 188 COVID-19 deaths

By the time Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order warning Floridians of the danger posed by the rapidly spreading coronavirus, 188 people already had died — considerably more than the 85 fatalities the state acknowledged at the time. Most of those who died from a coronavirus infection in March were elders, though the fatalities also included a 28-year-old woman who died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and a 34-year-old Broward County man whose “flu-like symptoms” developed into pneumonia.

Florida Times Union Jacksonville

Coronavirus: Pence says Florida ‘leading the way to open up America again’

Vice President Mike Pence applauded Gov. Ron DeSantis for the state’s measures to reopen parts of the economy during a visit to Orlando on Wednesday. “This state is really leading the way to open up America again,” Pence said at a roundtable of tourism industry leaders, who discussed how hotels and theme parks are preparing to reopen. After DeSantis received Pence at Orlando International Airport with an elbow bump, the visit began at Westminster Baldwin Park, a retirement community in Orlando, where the vice president donated personal protective equipment while wearing a mask himself.

Florida Politics

Panhandle counties open for vacation rentals

The state has approved plans for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties to reopen their vacation rental industries. In late March, Gov. Ron DeSantis shut down short-term vacation rentals statewide to new reservations and banned advertising. On Friday, he outlined a pathway for individual counties to submit plans to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), many of which did so at the end of the week