TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered flags be flown at half mast on March 3 in honor of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of March 1, according to the Florida Department of Health, 31,135 Floridians and 561 non-residents have died in Florida, related to COVID-19.
Deaths in South Central Florida counties were:
Okeechobee County - 78;
Glades County - 15;
Hendry County - 73;
Palm Beach County - 2,486;
Martin County - 284;
Highlands County - 304;
DeSoto County - 75;
Collier County -461.
"On March 1, 2020, I declared a public health emergency in the State of Florida in response to the significant outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)," stated DeSanits on Monday. "For the past year, millions of Americans have experienced great loss as loved ones succumbed to the virus and have encountered great challenges resulting from lockdowns, including harmful impacts to our
"Thankfully, hope is on the horizon. Throughout the pandemic, Florida has prioritized and protected those most vulnerable to the virus, including seniors, long-term care residents and individuals with underlying health conditions. Florida is currently leading the nation in vaccinations of seniors, and over 50 percent of the state’s senior population has received the vaccine. Our seniors First strategy encompasses vaccine administration for senior citizens at thousands of sites statewide from retail pharmacies to houses of worship to healthcare facilities.
"Beginning March 3, K-12 school employees, sworn law enforcement officers and firefighters 50 years of age and older may also receive the vaccine.
"We must remember all those lost so that we may move forward to ensure a brighter future for all Floridians. In remembrance of the lives lost, and to honor their memories, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida from sunrise to sunset on
Wednesday, March 3, 2021."