Florida currently has 4,246 coronavirus cases with 56 deaths, according to the Health Department’s 11 a.m. Sunday update, which is the latest.
Palm Beach County has 333 confirmed cases and six deaths, while Broward has 838 cases and 11 deaths.
Miami-Dade has the most cases in the state, at 1,192, and three fatalities.
Meanwhile, the City of Delray Beach and the Town of Palm Beach on Saturday became the county’s second and third municipalities to issue stay-at-home orders, joining Boca Raton, and the first to add curfews.
COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/28/20: The Town of Palm Beach Chief of Police has issued Emergency Order No. 2020-01, urging residents of the Town to “Shelter in Place”. Residents and visitors may continue to engage in travel to and from critical retail and… https://t.co/RcC2iKb5P8
— Town of Palm Beach (@townpalmbeach) March 28, 2020
Delray Beach’s stay-at-home order, which takes effect Monday, includes a curfew restricting residents to their residences each night from midnight to 6 a.m. Palm Beach’s curfew extends from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
— City of Delray Beach (@citydelraybeach) March 28, 2020
As more cities urged residents Saturday to stay at home, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday called for coronavirus checkpoints on the state’s highways, explaining that travelers arriving from Louisiana and New York on major highways would be directed to self-quarantine for two weeks.
“I think it’s in everybody’s interest that we deal with the spread that we have here now, try to blunt it, flatten the curve but we don’t allow importing new infections like we may be,” the governor added.
The checkpoints, which are placed on southbound I-95 and eastbound I-10, are in addition to checkpoints already in place at the state’s major airports.
Drivers entering Florida from Alabama on I-10 must also now pass through a checkpoint.
Additionally, the state surgeon general sent a public safety alert to Floridians’ cellphones on Saturday afternoon urging anyone 65 or older or with medical conditions to stay home.
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