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Florida governor to sign statewide stay-at-home order: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that he will issue an executive order directing residents in the state to stay at home except for essential…
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 06: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks to press following a shooting on the Pensacola Naval Air Base on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. The second shooting on a U.S. Naval Base in a week has left three dead plus the suspect and seven people wounded. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday afternoon that he wants to avoid a statewide lockdown like many other states have done, according to U.S. News.

Over the last few days, DeSantis has ordered statewide closures of bars and gyms and limited restaurants to takeout and deliver only.

Many counties across the state are shutting down beaches, marinas and parks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

According to DeSantis, 67 counties in the state of Florida have no confirmed cases and another third have few.

As of Monday morning, more than 1,100 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Florida and 13 have died.

A petition on has gathered over 60,000 signatures to shut down the state.