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Gov. DeSantis Issues "Stay-At-Home" Order

Governor Ron DeSantis announced a stay-at-home order for Florida during a press conference on Wednesday. It takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 3 .

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Three Song Stories: Robert Green

Normally on Thursdays we focus on the local arts scene, but with most of it on hold, and with the entire WGCU radio team working from home, for now we’re going to start broadcasting episodes of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories . This week we’re harkening back to episode 72 which originally aired on July 26, 2019 . Robert Green is the official campus greeter at Florida Gulf Coast University, and a man who strives in every moment to put positivity into the world and bring people together.

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National News

Fact Check: A Blanket National Quarantine Is Likely Not Legal

President Trump last weekend raised — and then dropped — the idea of placing residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut under a quarantine to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus outside of the nation's hardest-hit region. That hasn't stopped rumors from spreading that the country is under a lockdown, something the Federal Emergency Management Agency has debunked on its website . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on CNN on Wednesday that she would like to see a national...

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Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno says those who fail to comply with Florida’s stay-at-home order could face citation or arrest, depending on the situation. 

The “CARES” act economic stimulus bill generated headlines with $1,200 checks for people earning less than $75 thousand a year- but there is more help in that stimulus package for small businesses including a "Payroll Protection Loan." 

Florida Department of Health

Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide “safer-at-home" order, Wednesday, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. . WGCU’s Andrea Perdomo explains what that means for those in  Florida. DeSantis’ executive order limits the movements of people in Florida who are not providing or engaging in essential services.

That means people who are not employees of a business that has been deemed essential by guidelines set by the Department of Homeland Security, seeking medical care, trying to purchase essentials like gas, food and medicine, should stay home. 

The president of a national union representing teachers and nurses argues Gov. Ron DeSantis has mishandled the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic by sending mixed messages about whether schools should be closed and waiting to issue a statewide order instructing residents to stay at home.

Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is calling upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase surplus goods from Florida farms. In a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, Fried proposes this surplus be used in food assistance programs.

Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning Floridians of a recent COVID-19 scam. These scam messages state that people won’t get their coronavirus stimulus check if they don’t fill out the 2020 census. The message then has a link to a fake website directing people to give out personal information.

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting Florida farmers differently, depending on which market to whom local growers are selling.

On a day when Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a 30-day stay-at-home order for the state, Florida’s COVID-19 infections topped 7,000 by quite a bit.

Statewide, 7,773 people have tested positive for the virus, and 101 people have died. The death toll marked its largest daily increase, at 16.

Hundreds of first responders across the state are in quarantine after being exposed to people who may have the coronavirus. And some have tested positive for COVID-19, including a Tampa police officer and firefighters in Sarasota and Orange counties.


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Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order limits the movements of people in Florida who are not providing or engaging in essential services.

That means people who are not employees of a business that has been deemed essential by guidelines set by the Department of Homeland Security, seeking medical care, trying to purchase essentials like gas, food and medicine, should stay home. 

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