Florida Democrats on Capitol Hill Call for Ron DeSantis to Issue Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order

Several Florida Democrats in the U.S. House sent a letter this week to Gov. Ron DeSantis, calling on him to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to protect Floridians, particularly older residents and those with underlying health issues, and help the already-strained health care system.

“Currently, Florida ranks seventh nationally in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. However unlike the six states with more cases, Florida has no statewide shelter-in-place order,” noted U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s, D-Fla., office on Wednesday when it released the letter to the media.

Florida Democrat U.S. Reps. Val Demings, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Stephanie Murphy, Donna Shalala, Darren Soto, Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson signed the letter which can be found below:

Dear Governor DeSantis:

On March 22, 2019, you asked President Trump to declare a Major Disaster for the State of Florida under the Stafford Act to aid the State’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While we support additional federal assistance, we are concerned that you have not yet joined many other states with ongoing community spread that have issued statewide shelter-in-place orders to protect their residents and their health care systems. We urge you to take this action in Florida in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed over 1,400 cases in our state and 18 people have died. Without an FDA-approved vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 our already-strained health care system could be overwhelmed. That is why we need a statewide order as soon as possible.

To effectively slow COVID-19’s spread, we are asking you to issue a shelter-in-place order for the entire state. The order should allow only travel for essential services like grocery stores and health care providers, and to and from the workplace for critical workers. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have already issued similar orders. With the highest concentration of older residents of any state, Florida is at even greater risk of serious impacts on the health of our residents and burden on our health care system.

While we appreciate the state’s efforts to expand testing, it is not enough to provide a full understanding of the spread of COVID-19 across Florida. We are committed to doing everything we can to support the expansion of testing efforts in Congress, but we cannot wait for testing access, personal protective equipment, swabs, and other essential items before we take necessary action to slow the spread.

We understand the grave economic consequences this action will have. But hoping to dull the impacts on the economy in the short term by delaying a shelter-in-place order will only exacerbate those impacts in the medium and long term. Instead, we must accept the necessity of a shelter-in-place order now while Congress works quickly to pass an economic stimulus bill that will save jobs, replace lost incomes, and support all Americans. In the long run, the cost of preventive action will save trillions of dollars and save lives.

We cannot wait. We cannot leave this decision to county and local governments. We need your leadership. We strongly urge you to immediately issue a statewide shelter-in-place order.



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  1. Our governor is doing an amazing job. Keep the NY the hell out of here. I am proud of how Florida is handling this and our governor has been taking care of his people since day one.

  2. If they really want to do something, stop the people coming in the state from ny, New Jersey, Connecticut and so on, and while your at it stop the cruise ship coming in with 42 sick people on it, governer desantis isn’t doing a great job, if all these democrats cared for the people they would signed stimulus package awhile, not after they got all they wanted

  3. Governor Desantis is doing a phenomenal job – we have MULTIPLE COUNTIES WOTH ZERO CASES. Why should they lock down?

    My county decided we need to stay at home. So we are. Let the counties decide!

    Can you imagine if the dems got their guy in office?! Holy crap!

  4. Are Governors doing an amazing job let him do his job Democrats are always going to complain

  5. I love this Governor! So thankful we didn’t wind up with the Crackhead party boy Gillum.
    Keep up the GREAT WORK Governor Ron!

  6. You want to let tourists and cruise ships come into Florida, but make its residents stay home? If your so worried, keep your ass at home and mind your own business.

  7. You democrats would disapprove of anything our governor would do. He’s doing a great job and has common sense, something none of you possess. Back off, Schmutzy.

  8. Instead of “shutting down” an entire state of 22 million people.Let’s try to contain & control the two counties in the state that make up close to half of the entire case load in Florida. Right now there are still 21 Counties with 0 cases and the entire Panhandle has 85 cases. Just shut down the entire state? Everything is shut down but take out and grocery stores. There’s No beaches, No parks, No recreation No bars, No eat in, No gyms, No salons, No malls. Airports, Sea Ports, I-95 South and Morons are our biggest threat right now.

  9. Thank you Governor DeSantis you’re doing a phenomenal job. It should be up to the counties as to whether or not they need to issue this kind of order. Some counties have zero cases or maybe one or two. They should, however, be encouraged to use proper precautions.

  10. Thank you Governor DeSantis, you are doing a great job!!! We can only imagine the pressure you are under. I think the beaches should re-open. It’s healthy to be outside and why would you shut down the state. I work at the PO and many others are working. I know in my heart this is all political
    We have never done this for all the other viruses. In 2009-10 I didn’t even know there was a virus because the news didn’t report it but now its all the conservatives fault.
    My prayers are with you and all our leaders. May God Bless America.

  11. Gov. DeSantis has been calling it right. Precautions YES. Panic NO. I have been reading analysis by 13 prominent scientists of Europe that the virus is far less deadly than first modeled with a 1% death rate and some modeling as low as .024% where precautions have been observed and the modern medical treatment capacity has not been overwhelmed like some hot spots. Thank you Governor. With your steady proportional approach we can avoid the situation where “the operation was a success but the patient died.” Panic can be far more deadly than the virus.

  12. Does DeSantis even know all the counties in Florida?! Lol Northwest Florida seems to slip his mind at every press conference. I’m sure he’s doing wonders for the south end of Florida, but he doesn’t even acknowledge the whole state.


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