The order goes into effect Thursday night at midnight for both states. DeSantis said he was taking the action after Trump extended social distancing guidelines earlier this week for another 30 days.
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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves ordered a shelter-in-place order to begin at 5 p.m. Friday for his state, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Reeves' order is scheduled to last until 8 p.m. April 20, the Daily Journal reported.
Also Wednesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf dramatically expanded the footprint of the quarantine to include the entire state. The Democratic governor added 34 counties to his existing stay-at-home order, meaning residents of all 67 counties are now asked to stay put unless they have a legitimate reason to go out.
The expanded order will take effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday and last through at least April 30.
Trump extends COVID-19 distancing guidelines through April
Trump has consistently resisted calls for a national stay-at-home order despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to die from the disease.
Still, one by one, states are increasingly pushing shutdown orders of their own.
DeSantis’ move came hours after the U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, said on NBC’s “Today” show he would tell DeSantis the federal guidelines for social distancing should be viewed as “a national stay-at-home order.”
Florida’s confirmed cases are approaching 7,000, deaths have reached at least 86 and almost 900 are hospitalized with a university model cited this week at the White House showing an exponential growth in the coming weeks.
More than 30 other states have already issued such orders, including other large states such as California, New York and Illinois. Those all acted more than a week ago.