CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Anyone 65 years old and above or with pre-existing conditions is asked to stay home for the next 14 days for their own safety, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.
“You should assume anyone you come in contact with may be infected. Obviously, the best way to avoid contact is to stay at home as much as possible," DeSantis said during a press conference.
DeSantis has avoided ordering a broad shutdown like other states to control the spread of the coronavirus because he said there are pockets in Florida that have no cases. About half of Florida’s reported cases are in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
As of Tuesday, Coral Springs had eight confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to Florida Department of Health.
In Coral Springs, City Manager Frank Babinec said Tuesday during a virtual City Commission meeting that the city is working on a “stay-at-home” order, whose details he didn’t share but will make public as early as Wednesday.
He said residents should already limit going out to only essential trips to places such as grocery stores. And if they leave their homes, he said they should stay six feet away from people in keeping with the social distancing measures.
“We’ll provide for a mechanism to keep people at home and off the streets,” Babinec said. “That’s the only way we’re ever going to defeat this virus.”