12:38 PM EDT Apr 27, 2021
WESH2 – Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended the “State of Emergency” in Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The state of emergency has broadened the governor’s powers to respond to the pandemic, allowing him to activate the state’s emergency operations center and deploy National Guard troops if necessary.
On Tuesday afternoon, the governor’s office said the order had been extended for another 60 days … source.
Florida Awaits DeSantis Announcement On Extending Lockdown
FLORIDA POLITICS – Gov. Ron DeSantis has not yet opted to extend the declared “State of Emergency” through Executive Order 20-52.
If he does not do so, it will likely have an impact on mask-wearing in your city, county and school district.
For the order to be extended, it must be signed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27. His office has made no announcements nor posted an updated executive order on websites for the State of Florida. But Meredith Beatrice in DeSantis’ communications office noted he has today to make a decision.
Since March 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis has been extending his original emergency order in 60-day increments, declaring a public health emergency.
Declaring a state of emergency activated the state’s emergency operations center and has allowed the state to receive assistance from the federal government. The order has also allowed the Governor to deploy the Florida National Guard to help.
DeSantis had until midnight Monday to extend the year-long emergency order declaring a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The original order was issued on March 1, 2020, and has continued to be extended in increments of 60 days.
The order facing extension was filed on Feb. 26, and, 60 days later, the clock is ticking down on its renewal. The Governor has remained silent as time winds down.
On Monday, the Department of Health reported 3,513 new known cases of COVID-19 in the state and 66 new deaths related to the pandemic. Since the virus surfaced here last March, a total of 2,212,097 cases have been recorded, including 2,170,655 Florida residents.
A total of 35,600 deaths have been tallied by health officials, 34,912 of those Floridians and the remaining 688 visitors who died here.
The latest version of the order continues the declared state of emergency due to COVID-19, and states that “the impact of COVID-19 poses a continuing threat to the health, safety and welfare of the State of Florida and its residents” …
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