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UPDATED: Gov. DeSantis Holds News Conference on Coronavirus

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and medical officials held a news conference about the coronavirus Sunday afternoon at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

With cases rising throughout the state, particularly among the 18-44 age group, the governor reiterated that the increase is mostly due to large gatherings for graduations and summer parties.

He emphasized the state’s increase in testing capacity and sites, and said that more cases can be expected with additional testing.

The governor cautioned those who are in the aforementioned age group to be cautious, due to the risk of infecting their parents or grandparents while asymptomatic.

In addition, he asked Floridians to avoid the “three C’s,” which are to avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation, avoid crowded places with many people nearby, and to avoid close-contact settings, such as close-range conversation.

Gov. DeSantis said the state is now in a position to adequately handle the situation from a standpoint of resources and procedures.

He added that it is important to continue with efforts to move forward with reopening.

In terms of the state’s unemployment system, DeSantis told reporters that the state has now paid about 1.5 million claimants, and the process continues to be more efficient after initially experiencing technical and staffing issues.

The Florida Department of Health reported 8,530 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, down from Saturday’s all-time high of 9,585 cases.

At least 3,419 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as 29 new deaths were reported.

Palm Beach County has 13,389 confirmed cases and 503 deaths.