Updates From Governor DeSantis on Reopening the State 

Speaking yesterday, Governor DeSantis described his plans to reopen the state as “very methodical” and “data-driven”. He also suggested that parts of the state may reopen before others. The governor is expected to announce his ‘Phase 1’ plan tomorrow.  

DeSantis: All Floridians Can Now Get a COVID-19 Test 

Governor DeSantis announced yesterday that anyone who wants to be tested for COVID-19 is now able to do so at state-run testing sites. The governor reported that the state has expanded its testing capacity and will no longer require test seekers to present symptoms. Asymptomatic testing is encouraged “not only for individuals’ health to know whether they’re positive or not, but also for professionals to understand the prevalence of this throughout the community”. 

Jacksonville Looking to Reopen Certain Non-Essential Businesses Next Week 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has announced that certain non-essential businesses may be allowed to reopen next week. He also decided that beach hours will be extended starting Monday, though restrictions relating to social distancing have not been recalled.  

Hillsborough County Launches Assistance Hotline 

Hillsborough County has launched a hotline for residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. County residents struggling to pay their bills related to housing and utilities can call the Rapid Response Assistance Call Center at (813) 274-3710 or (813) 274-6710. 

Florida Releases Information About COVID-19 and Nursing Homes 

Florida has released more specific information regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes around the state. The numbers of positive tests and transferred patients in each facility are now available from the Florida Department of Health.

Updated Numbers   

There are now 32,846 cases throughout the state of Florida and 1,171 deaths. In Duval County, there are 1,001 cases and 20 deaths. In Hillsborough County, there are 1,080 cases and 22 deaths. In Orange County, there are 1,363 cases and 32 deaths. In Pasco County, there are 239 cases and 6 deaths. In Pinellas County, there are 709 cases and 31 deaths. In Polk County, there are 451 cases and 20 deaths. For updated data, visit: https://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86.  


WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public    

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html    

Florida Department of Health: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/    

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus    

Florida Chamber of Commerce: https://www.flchamber.com/follow-facts-not-fear/ 

Tampa Chamber of Commerce: https://www.tampabaychamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/coronavirus-updates.aspx 

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce: https://jaxchamber.com/coronavirusbusinessresources/ 
Lakeland Chamber of Commerce: https://www.lakelandchamber.com/covid-19-resources/ 

St. Pete Chamber of Commerce: https://www.stpete.com/resource-guide-for-coronavirus-covid-19/