CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As Florida nears a million coronavirus cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis this week extended an executive order banning local governments from enforcing mask mandate violations, according to media reports.
DeSantis initially signed the order in September prevented cities from fining people for violating a mask ordinance, clickorlando.com reported.
The order also prevented municipalities from requiring restaurants to close without justifying it for economic or health reasons.
The governor’s extension of the order comes as other states across the nation are adding restrictions to combat surges of Covid-19 cases.
Florida added 8,376 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and reported nearly 100 deaths, according to Florida Department of Health.
In other news, 12 schools serving Coral Springs had 23 new cases of Covid-19 among students, teachers, staff, and other people during the week of Nov. 15-21, the state health department reported.
That included five at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which services students in Coral Springs and Parkland. Read more here.
Here is the Wednesday report on Covid-19 cases, based on health department data:
- Coral Springs
Cases: 5,087 (+31)
- Broward County
Cases: 103,440 (+802)
Deaths: 1,638 (+9)
Tuesday’s positivity rate: 6.03%
Cases: 961,676 (+8,376)
Deaths: 18,254 (+97)
Tuesday’s positivity rate: 7.10%
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