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Governor DeSantis along with other government and health officials held a press conference discussing updates on Coronavirus

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Posted at 11:12 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 23:12:24-04

FORT MYERS, FLA — COVID-19 is spreading faster than ever especially in Broward County, but here in Lee County a second person has died as a result of coronavirus along with four new positive cases in the last 24 hours. Governor DeSantis is stressing the importance of social distancing and has been speaking with the mayor of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale seeking to focus on certain criteria to help reduce the outbreak of the virus. the governor hopes that other cities will follow suit.

Spring break in full swing, Governor DeSantis says the city of Miami has put curfew like restrictions on beaches and bars. Students and those at public beaches across the state should comply.

"I think it’s important that these social distancing measures are implemented, so that we are able to prevent infections from running completely out of hand," Governor Desantis.

As cases continue to increase the state is making, sure hospitals are equipped to treat the needs of everyone including staff.

"By having nurses, on standby, mobile hospitals, the wrap around service that those will be needed, as well as ventilators that the governor has instructed me to order,” said Jared Moskowitz.

The presidential primaries coming up Tuesday, officials say, voting will continue as usual, but there are alternatives.

"However voters can still request a vote by mail ballot, and pick it up, or have it picked up for them, at the supervisor of elections office,” said Laurel Lee, Secretary of State.

Before heading to the polls be sure to check the local supervisors of elections website.

Health officials are putting restrictions in place across the state to reduce the risk of spreading the virus even greater.

The governor says as of now, he does not want domestic flights to be canceled, but he would like airports to take precautions coming from certain hot spots where cases of COVID - 19 are high.

"I think Washington state, Northern California, New York City and places like that, so I think that they should think about that, obviously there are implications for that. I do think the more travel you have to and from these hot spots the more it’s going to spread to the rest of the country," said Governor Desantis.