More than 100,000 people in Florida have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, state health officials reported, as public health officials reissued advisories urging social distancing and mask-wearing.
Some businesses have begun reevaluating their decisions to reopen amid the spike in cases reported by the state health department on its website. More than 3,100 people in Florida have died from COVID-19.
Over the weekend, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the Health Department to reissue advisories urging Floridians to consider wearing masks to help keep the virus from spreading and to refrain from attending gatherings of more than 50 people.
Despite the rise in new infections, the governor has not signaled any intention of retreating from reopening the state. Three months of business closures have left hundreds of thousands of people out of work and disrupted the day-to-day lives of Floridians.
In Orlando, a challenge was filed in court to Orange County’s mandatory face mask order that went into effect last Saturday. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, as well as other municipalities such as Tampa and the Florida Keys, issued similar orders last week.
In court papers filed Sunday, an Orange County resident said the face mask order violated his right to privacy under the Florida Constitution.
The lawsuit, supported by Republican State Rep. Anthony Sabatini and Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger, called the order “a radical infringement on the reasonable and legitimate expectation of privacy that most Floridians expect to have over their own facial and bodily autonomy.”
Florida surpasses 100,000 cases of coronavirus infection