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It happened in Chicago, but it did not start or stop there.

           

A 60-something-year-old woman from the Windy City traveled halfway around the world to Wuhan, China, this past December. Her husband stayed in Illinois. She came home on Jan. 13 -- and brought something with her.

           

She gave it to her husband.

          

"The individual did not have symptoms while traveling," Dr. Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer for the Illinois Department of Public Health, explained during a Jan. 24 press briefing sponsored by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

           

But that, of course, was not the end of the story.

           

"A few days after arriving home, the patient began to feel unwell," Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Health, said in that briefing.

           

The doctors tried not to be alarmist as they discussed the problem this virus from Wuhan presented.

           

"Again, she was not symptomatic when flying, and based on what we know now about this virus, our concern for transmission before symptoms developed is low. So that is reassuring," said Arwady.

           

"Since returning from China, the patient has had limited movement outside her home," she continued.

           

"This is all very reassuring in terms of infection risk to the general public, which remains low nationally and locally here in Chicago," the doctor said.

           

This Chicago woman, who had been in Wuhan, was one of the first known COVID-19 carriers to enter the United States, according to CDC reports. But she was not the first diagnosed with the virus.

           

On Jan. 15, a man in his 30s arrived back in Snohomish County, Washington. He, too, had been in Wuhan.

           

On Jan. 21, three days before it would confirm the Chicago case, the CDC announced that this Washington man was the first U.S. resident to test positive for COVID-19.

           

"I am also thankful that the man who tested positive for this virus acted so quickly to seek treatment," said Dr. John Wiesman, the Washington state Secretary of Health. "Because of that we were able to isolate him from the public. His actions gave us a head start. All of this work means we believe the risk to the public is low."

           

On Jan. 26, the CDC announced three more cases -- including one in Arizona and two in California.

           

These three had one thing in common with the first two.

           

"All of these infections were in people with recent travel to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

           

Then another person in Chicago -- who had not been to Wuhan -- tested positive. Who was he?

           

"The first Illinois case, a woman in her 60s, who returned from Wuhan, China, January 13th, is in the hospital in stable condition, and continues to do well," Layden explained in a Jan. 30 CDC briefing. "Public health officials have been actively and closely monitoring individuals who had contact with her, including her husband, who had close contact, for symptoms."

           

"We have now received lab confirmation from the CDC that he indeed has novel coronavirus," she said.

           

This husband was "the first person-to-person transmission" in the United States.

           

On Jan. 31, the CDC announced the seventh case. "The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China," said the CDC.

           

That same day, President Donald Trump announced he was suspending entry to the United States for foreign nationals who had been in China within the past 14 days.

           

In the two days following Trump's announcement, the CDC detected four more cases. Three were in persons who had recently returned from Wuhan. The fourth, the CDC said, was a woman who lived in the same household as one of the previously detected patients who had been in Wuhan.

           

In its "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" published on Feb. 7, the CDC summarized how COVID-19 came to America. "Nine of the first 11 U.S. 2019-nCoV patients were exposed in Wuhan, China," it said.

           

The other two were the spouse and a household member of U.S. residents who picked up the virus in Wuhan.

           

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated the truth. "This virus began in Wuhan, China," he said March 24 on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins."

           

"Unfortunately, the Chinese Communist Party covered this up and delayed its response in a way that has truly put thousands of lives at risk," Pompeo said.

           

Since the first few Americans returned from Wuhan unwittingly carrying this virus, the situation has dramatically escalated. As of Tuesday, the CDC estimated there were 374,329 COVID-19 cases in the United States and 12,064 COVID-19 deaths.

           

"So," Pompeo told Perkins on March 24, "Every day that the Chinese Communist Party sat on this information and didn't do the right thing, and instead punished doctors who were attempting to alert the world about what was taking place there in Wuhan, increased the number of people who would be exposed, and thereby put all of us all around the world -- and the Chinese people as well -- put them at unnecessary risk, too."

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There will come a day when we will go evaluate how the entire world responded," Pompeo said at a March 17 briefing.

           

When this pandemic has passed, every aspect of U.S. relations with China should be reevaluated and recalculated to do just one thing: put the American people first.

           

Earlier than even this New York Times report, Chuck Todd, host of NBC News's Meet the Press, on March 8 hailed China's supposed success in tackling the virus, asking whether the Chinese Communist Party's style of despotic governance deserves all the credit.

           

"How uncomfortable is it," Todd asked, echoing the sentiments of others in Western media, "that perhaps China's authoritarian ways did prevent this? Meaning, had China been a free and open society, this might have spread faster?"

           

The U.S. intelligence community determined last week that China has underreported both the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths, all of it in an attempt to conceal the full extent of the pandemic in its country.

           

Early on, China silenced doctors who raised alarms about the virus, denied access to foreign scientists who could have studied the virus, and falsely claimed that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

           

NBC breathlessly reported, "As the U.S. struggles to stem coronavirus, China asserts itself as global leader" on efforts by China to provide help to other countries. But the reality is that China has delivered faulty equipment around the world. In the Netherlands, the health ministry recalled 600,000 Chinese manufactured face masks despite their desperate need for medical equipment after their filters did not work properly, and they did not fit. Spain purchased hundreds of thousands of tests from China, only to learn that at least 60,000 did not work.

           

The American press's readiness to treat reports out of Beijing with little, if any, skepticism comes as actual Chinese communist propaganda videos cite members of the free press in conjunction with its broader, hyperaggressive effort to avoid blame for creating the coronavirus pandemic.

           

Whether they know it or not, the journalists who claim it is problematic to refer to the virus by its country and city of origin, and the ones who claim China has the pandemic mostly under control, and who praise China's efforts to help other countries are doing the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party, which is eager both to present itself as the world's leading superpower and scrub from the record its culpability in the spread of the virus.

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"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."

Remember that line from the famous American movie "Network"? It's time for a rebellion. Every out-of-work American and every out-of-business American business owner needs to open their windows and shout it, shout it so loud it reaches President Donald Trump, Congress and every swamp politician from Washington D.C., to New York to Boston to Beverly Hills, California.

It's time for this madness to stop. Mr. President, do you understand how many suicides of prominent business owners are going to start piling up?

Here in Las Vegas, a business owner closed his business, laid off his 45 employees (with tears in his eyes) and then went home and committed suicide. Did you see that in the news?

It's happening across America.

Do you understand the pain of the employees? People can't even get through to file for unemployment benefits. The websites have been down for days on end. No one answers the phones.

Do you understand how many lives are being ruined, how many jobs are being killed, how many great businesses will never reopen? The people are getting desperate and despondent. They have no money for food, rent, gas or survival.

We can't stay closed. We have to open up the U.S. economy. There is no more time for debate. There is no more room for caution. I have ideas and compromise below.

First, these coronavirus "death counts" have to stop. You're scaring people half to death. I suggest new kinds of death counts be put up on the screens to compete:

            -- JOBS KILLED by this complete business shutdown.

            -- BUSINESSES CLOSED.

            -- AMERICAN DREAMS DESTROYED.

            -- SUICIDES.

Another Great Depression will destroy this great nation. And we're on the way, unless you open this economy again.

And why not open America for business again -- with tight restrictions? What is happening now makes absolutely no sense. We are allowed to shop at big-box stores like Costco, Walmart and Home Depot; health food stores like Whole Foods and Sprouts; grocery stores; pet stores; auto part stores; pawn shops; marijuana stores; liquor stores; and gun stores. And get this: Golf courses are open.

If all of that is allowed, why can't we open all stores and businesses but with the same health precautions and restrictions?

I love and appreciate the UPS drivers and Costco cashiers on the front lines. But if they can work, why can't the rest of us? Do Costco checkout guys and gals and supermarket cashiers have a big S on their chest? If they can face it and survive, why can't the rest of us?

The liberal Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, just recommended everyone wear masks and scarves. Isn't this the compromise to get us all back to work?

Here's the mantra for the day: Wear a mask. Get back to work!

We need to open the U.S. economy before it's too late, before we're all doomed -- not from coronavirus but from the fallout of a Great Depression. Here is the compromise. Here are the new rules.

Anyone who wants to stay home can. If you want to collect welfare, food stamps and unemployment, you can. Anyone at high risk -- seniors, the sick, the obese, those with illness -- should shelter at home.

But the rest of us (the working people of America) are willing to take the risk; to keep our businesses alive; to save jobs; to save the economy; to prevent a Great Depression; to prevent mass suicides, alcoholism, drug addiction, poverty and misery.       

We can all work -- just like the Costco employees and supermarket cashiers and UPS drivers. We can all wear masks. Our customers can wear masks. We can all practice social distancing. Employees can stand 6 feet apart. Stores can limit customers. New customers can be allowed to only go in when others leave. We can sanitize our workplaces and stores like never before.

It's time to start organizing a mega call campaign to President Trump, Congress and local politicians across this country. It's time to tell them that the American people want to take precautions, that we'll accept restrictions but we need to get back to work. Or we're holding you accountable for ruining our jobs, careers, businesses, dreams, lives.

The pandemic is horrible. But we can't keep the economy closed. Your caution and fear are killing our lives more than any pandemic. The politicians are destroying America.

Shout it: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

 

 

 

 

For a mid-week moment, it appeared Florida’s chief executive had accorded great regulatory and enforcement authority to local governments in issuing his statewide stay-at-home order.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decree allowed local governments to impose tighter restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic than levied by the state, other than those stipulated in the order.

The executive order bucked a decades-long trend in state Republican leadership’s use of “predatory preemption” to whittle away at home rule across the regulatory landscape.

 

DeSantis cleared away any confusion such a thing was to occur in a Thursday amendment memo that declared his order “shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”

The revised order reinterprets a line in the original decree allowing local governments to implement restrictive orders by erasing it.

Nevertheless, DeSantis assured reporters Thursday, the revised order ensures “the baseline” and local governments can impose stricter measures if they choose.

Local governments “can go beyond what I’ve done. What we’re doing is setting a floor,” he said. “And they can’t go below the floor.”

Except when it comes to religious services.

DeSantis’ order defines "religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship" as “essential” and, therefore, preempts local restrictions on religious gatherings. The original did not do so.

“I don’t know that they would have the authority, quite frankly, to close a religious ... the Constitution doesn’t get suspended here. There’s got to be ways where you can accommodate,” DeSantis said.

The governor met with religious leaders and agreed “their work is important” and should be classified as “essential.”

 

“There is no reason why you can’t do a church service 6 feet apart,” he said. “In times like this, I think the service that they are performing is going to be very important to people, particularly coming up in the Easter season.”

Michigan, New Mexico, Delaware, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia are among states with stay-at-home exemptions for religious services.

Virginia and Maryland require places of worship to limit in-person services to fewer than 10 people, which is the same as President Donald Trump’s administration’s 30-day guidelines and DeSantis’ stay-at-home order – except, apparently, for religious services.

Local officials are on edge as some pastors, such as Brandon megachurch preacher Rodney Howard-Browne, threaten to defy stay-at-home orders to open their churches for services Easter Sunday, a little more than a week away.

The Evangelical pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church was arrested on misdemeanor counts of unlawful assembly and violation of a county-wide order after he was warned to limit his congregation to fewer than 10 people in compliance with a county stay-at-home order.

Claiming the restriction violated his First Amendment rights, Howard-Browne staged two services Sunday at his megachurch south of Tampa, drawing up to 500 worshippers.

He has since hired Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver. Staver represented Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay people in 2015.

In a live streamed call-in Thursday, Browne said he had closed the church “to protect the congregation, not from the virus, but from a tyrannical government."

He said the church would remain closed through Sunday, Palm Sunday, but did not dismiss hosting services on Easter Sunday on April 12.

"At this time, I have not made any decision about Easter Sunday or services thereafter," he said. "Adonica (his wife) and I are praying and seeking the Lord for wisdom. I will say, however, that the church cannot be closed indefinitely."

For a mid-week moment, it appeared Florida’s chief executive had accorded great regulatory and enforcement authority to local governments in issuing his statewide stay-at-home order.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decree allowed local governments to impose tighter restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic than levied by the state, other than those stipulated in the order.

The executive order bucked a decades-long trend in state Republican leadership’s use of “predatory preemption” to whittle away at home rule across the regulatory landscape.

 

DeSantis cleared away any confusion such a thing was to occur in a Thursday amendment memo that declared his order “shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”

The revised order reinterprets a line in the original decree allowing local governments to implement restrictive orders by erasing it.

Nevertheless, DeSantis assured reporters Thursday, the revised order ensures “the baseline” and local governments can impose stricter measures if they choose.

Local governments “can go beyond what I’ve done. What we’re doing is setting a floor,” he said. “And they can’t go below the floor.”

Except when it comes to religious services.

DeSantis’ order defines "religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship" as “essential” and, therefore, preempts local restrictions on religious gatherings. The original did not do so.

“I don’t know that they would have the authority, quite frankly, to close a religious ... the Constitution doesn’t get suspended here. There’s got to be ways where you can accommodate,” DeSantis said.

The governor met with religious leaders and agreed “their work is important” and should be classified as “essential.”

 

“There is no reason why you can’t do a church service 6 feet apart,” he said. “In times like this, I think the service that they are performing is going to be very important to people, particularly coming up in the Easter season.”

Michigan, New Mexico, Delaware, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia are among states with stay-at-home exemptions for religious services.

Virginia and Maryland require places of worship to limit in-person services to fewer than 10 people, which is the same as President Donald Trump’s administration’s 30-day guidelines and DeSantis’ stay-at-home order – except, apparently, for religious services.

Local officials are on edge as some pastors, such as Brandon megachurch preacher Rodney Howard-Browne, threaten to defy stay-at-home orders to open their churches for services Easter Sunday, a little more than a week away.

The Evangelical pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church was arrested on misdemeanor counts of unlawful assembly and violation of a county-wide order after he was warned to limit his congregation to fewer than 10 people in compliance with a county stay-at-home order.

Claiming the restriction violated his First Amendment rights, Howard-Browne staged two services Sunday at his megachurch south of Tampa, drawing up to 500 worshippers.

He has since hired Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver. Staver represented Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay people in 2015.

In a live streamed call-in Thursday, Browne said he had closed the church “to protect the congregation, not from the virus, but from a tyrannical government."

He said the church would remain closed through Sunday, Palm Sunday, but did not dismiss hosting services on Easter Sunday on April 12.

"At this time, I have not made any decision about Easter Sunday or services thereafter," he said. "Adonica (his wife) and I are praying and seeking the Lord for wisdom. I will say, however, that the church cannot be closed indefinitely."

Wake up America, we are in the midst of a war and have been attacked like we haven’t been since Pearl Harbor. 

In case you haven’t noticed, our opponent is China. The only difference is they have caused mass crisis, chaos, death and destruction to America- without firing a bullet, or bomb.

Fellow Americans and citizens of the Free World, it’s time we wake up and prepare for battle. Once America mobilizes for all-out war, we never lose.

One positive result of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak is that we have clearly seen that China is not only not our friend, they are our bitter enemy. China may not have purposely released the coronavirus, however, their actions following its spread clearly shows their true colors.  

Not only did they withhold critical information and refuse to cooperate to limit the virus’s spread, they supplied desperate countries with faulty masks, test kits and respirators. And rather than accept responsibility, China tried to place the blame on the US military- a despicable and disgraceful lie. 

Perhaps even worse is the discovery that over the past decade or two here in America, deep-state, big-business crony capitalists; working with corrupt, swamp-dwelling politicians; allowed China to take control of most of our manufacturing and the supply chain of America’s essential medical and pharmaceutical products. For more details, study the Clinton Crime Family, Biden Crime Family, Kerry Crime Family and Obama Crime Family. 

Even worse, rather than stepping up and joining the world in fighting this deadly outbreak, China is holding life-saving medical products hostage, even threatening to withhold them from the rest of the world. The only saving grace is, who wants their products? They’re mostly defective.

What was China’s goal? Perhaps world economic domination, or perhaps economic retaliation, or perhaps simply covering up communist incompetence on a grand scale. 

Does it matter? Wake up America, this is our generation’s Pearl Harbor

It is almost impossible to explain how fortunate that at this time in history, America is led by a man like President Donald J. Trump. Unlike typical politicians who see a crisis only as a way to secure and increase government’s power, Trump is a businessman who sees a problem and solves it. 

It is nothing short of amazing how President Trump is able to accomplish as much as he does, in the face of the withering fire he takes daily from the fake news media and head-on opposition from the D.C. swamp-dwelling politicians and deep state bureaucrats.  

If President Trump were not in charge, this battle may have already been decided, the U.S. and free world’s economies decimated and destroyed, with China now a powerhouse on its way to domination and control.

Thank God for the leadership of President Trump. I am confident America is about to see real action to fight and win this war. I hope and pray it will be accomplished without bombs and guns; it will be done with economic policies. Here are some ideas to get started.

The obvious first step is regaining control over our medical and pharmaceutical supply chain by manufacturing here in the USA under the umbrella of a “national security emergency.” Whatever it costs the government to insure our medical supply chain is “Made in America.” please do it Mr. President. 

But then, let me suggest a bold second blow in this economic war, aimed directly at the heart of the Chinese economy. President Trump, should immediately announce to the world that 90 days from today, any apparel product that says “Made in China” will be turned away at US ports. Not charged a tariff, but actually refused entry. 

The ignorant liberals and fake news media will scream “You can’t do that. Prices will skyrocket and hurt Americans, especially the poor.” This will just show how ignorant they are about the way business works in today’s world.  

Within hours of that announcement, a roar of approval will rise from U.S.-friendly countries including India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala and Ecuador. Why 90 days? I’ve spoken to my friends in the clothing business. That is the time required for apparel manufacturers operating in China to pack up their sewing machines, move them to one of these other low-cost countries, hire and train employees, and begin manufacturing, without missing a beat.  

The result will be millions of unemployed Chinese workers very unhappy with their brutal communist government. And praise for the USA from governments of countries where millions of new jobs have been created. China’s economy will be devastated. All without firing a shot. 

Then there’s shot number three shot across China’s bow. President Trump must ask the American people to help, whenever possible, by buying “Made-in-America” products. Make that a new national security priority. 

And finally, here’s economic shot number four: President Trump should tell the American people, from now on if any product says, “Made in China,” just say no. Simply look for an equivalent from the USA, or any other country. 

What has just happened to America is a catastrophe- both medical and economic. We may not recover for years, or decades to come. All because China refused to warn us quickly enough, and once they did, they refused to tell us the true scope of the unfolding disaster. This fraud and cover-up has led to thousands of American deaths, perhaps over 100,000 to come, millions of jobs lost, and trillions in economic damage. 

Clearly these are only the first blows in what will be a long, and hard-fought war. But President Trump, know the vast majority of the American people are behind you; we realize just how blessed we are to have you as our President at this moment; and we trust you will lead us to victory. 

God bless President Trump. And God Bless America.

Wayne Allyn Root 

In the late 80's REM released a song called "It's the end of the world as we know it" well COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it.

While some have taken to panicking, hoarding toilet paper and groceries, others are trying to enjoy their normal lives as best we can while following procedures to keep themselves and those around them safe.

It’s looking like this may be a long road back to the lives that we were used to, so practices that can help keep your body active and mind at ease are key— In a recent Executive Order Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has issued guidelines for us to practice "safer at home" and in that order it mentions "recreational activities" as permissible... practices like riding a motorcycle fall under that guideline are allowed but we all need to be smart about it.

We have to be careful while riding not to appear that we are not following proper guidelines.

Here are some practical tips to help keep you safe on the road, and help avoid the further transmission of this virus.

Social distancing allows for groups of up to 10 people but let us go one better......... if you have a group of 10 or more... lets ride in smaller groups... so you designate a second ride captain who keeps his group a full car length behind the first group ... so if 10 you could ride in 2 groups of 5 or 6 and 4 if you like to ride in pairs... if you have more than 12 designate another ride captain.

Ride captains should maintain same distance from group in front of them when stopping at red lights or street corners and lead their group to a seperate parking area from previous group.

When you arrive at a destination, be sincere in keeping with 6 feet apart distancing from riders not in your immediate circle.

Helmet on, gloves on.

While this is a good rule for riding in general, I believe it to be more important during this time, it’s a good idea to keep your helmet on with shield or eye ware and gloves on a little more than you usually would When getting to a destination, park further apart than you usually do, even within your group... Keep these helmet and gloves on until the group has separated a bit.
Keep your gloves on while filling up with gas to avoid touching the handle that is probably covered in germs. Or bring your own sanitary wipes and clean the handle for yourself and others.
Keeping your face covered keeps you from touchint it and gloves are likely to do the same. At the end fo the day, wipe down your gloves and helmet.
Skip the large parties.
It’s commonly said that motorcycling is a solitary endeavor, made exponentially more fun by the addition of others. I’ve generally agreed with this, but now… We need some space. Social distancing is one of the key components of slowing down COVID-19’s spread, so avoiding any sort of gathering is key. If you want to go ride with some friends... see above
Wash your bike,  your helmet, your hands,  your phone.
We’ve all been told to wash our hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, and that’s great advice, you absolutely should. But there’s a lot more than just your hands out there to worry about, and it’s likely that you’ve touched your phone with your gloved hand as well. Think about commonly touched surfaces—even the visor and vents on your helmet that you’ve been adjusting throughout your ride. If you’ve used any tools on your ride, it’s a good idea to clean and disinfect those as well. So play it safe—wash your bike, wipe down your phone, and, for the love of God, wash your hands.
Bring the Purell, wipes, 409, liquids and some snacks.
We’re riding for some social distance here. So whether you’re packing a picnic or picking up some food along the way, you want to be able to clean your hands without having to find a bathroom with some soap, and hand sanitizer is perfect for that. Make sure you can relax and enjoy your meal by packing some of this liquid gold. . 409 cleaner is actually a great way to clean surfaces too and still available at Walmart (well it was yesterday when I was there)... it kills 99.9% of Viruses and bacteria. Also, it is a good idea to pack some snacks and water to keep your blood sugar up and stay hydreated, keeping your immune system working.
Enjoy the freedom, within limits.
I don’t know about you, but where I live, the roads are more open than I have ever seen them. There is a natural part of me that thinks for some reason the rules suddenly don’t apply, but when I go riding I still see cops out. So obey the usual rules of the road while adding some these new suggestions.
If you feel unwell at all, stay home.
If you’re showing any symptoms at all, stay home. Even if you feel well, always practice the 6-foot rule for social distancing (which is easier on a motorcycle, let's face it). Most people who are infected are asymptomatic; do your part and stay home. It’s not worth it to get germs on a gas pump or anything else that may inadvertently infect someone else.
Most of all ....Have fun, ride safe, AND do your part.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statewide safe-at-home order went into effect Friday at 12:01am, meaning only those engaged in essential activities or employed in essential occupations should venture out into public.

The list of activities and jobs deemed “essential” in the order is expansive and evolving.

Health-care workers, law-enforcement officers, utility technicians, journalists, pharmacists, gas-station clerks, plumbers, landscapers, weather forecasters, pet groomers and grocery store employees are among essential occupations under the order, modeled on classifications by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and those put into place by Miami-Dade County.

 

Grocery stores, produce stands, food banks, convenience stores, pet stores, mechanics’ garages all can remain open to varied degrees.

Construction is regarded as an essential occupation under the order, something DeSantis noted Wednesday in introducing a $2.1 billion initiative to accelerate highway projects while commerce and road traffic are slow this month.

“The good thing about the construction stuff, they’re going to be outside,” he said. “As long as they’re not on top of each other, I think that they’ll be good.”

Among those construction projects:

• Advance by four weeks an $802 million project involving I-395, I-95 and State Road 836 in Miami-Dade County;

• Advance by nearly four weeks an $864 million, eight-lane Howard Frankland Bridge to link Hillsborough and Pinellas counties;

• Advance by nearly three months the widening of Southern Boulevard in western Palm Beach County;

• Advance by four weeks Sand Lake Road improvements in Orlando.

 

Under the order, activities such as golfing also can continue – unless the statewide decree is augmented by local ordinances prohibiting golfing.

Clarifying that golfing is permitted was a matter of consternation in some communities, most notably The Villages in Sumter County.

DeSantis’ order allows “participating in recreational activities” and lists walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming as examples, but does not mention golf, prompting one resident to tell The Associated Press, “This is The Villages. There would be a riot if they stopped golf.”

Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold on Wednesday assured locals they could continue to hit the links – while practicing social distancing. The governor’s order “is not an exhaustive list of what is allowed but provides examples of those activities that would be consistent with social distancing as part of essential recreational activities,” he said in an email. (The key phrase is activities that would be consistent with social distancing, at this time that means groups smaller than 10, keeping 6 feet apart from anyone that you have not been with prior to that moment, ie... loved one or signifanct other etc etc..... so seperate yourselves when with others)

Farmworkers are exempt with farming and food processing deemed “critical infrastructure” in sustaining the supply chain.

It might be difficult for some employees in some areas to get to work, however, so Florida farmworkers and suppliers are getting permission slips from employers to ensure they get into the fields.

Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar said Wednesday “our employees, our farmers, contractors, suppliers, drivers and business partners” will carry letters explaining the essential designation ”to avoid problems with the state and local law enforcement officers charged with enforcing local stay-at-home orders.”

Under DeSantis’ order, “a social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity,” which would seem to mean church gatherings. But the order also specifically lists religious services as an “essential activity.”

That contradiction could be exploited by a Brandon megachurch pastor who defied Hillsborough County’s local stay-at-home order to stage Sunday services attended by 300 to 500 worshippers.

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself into law enforcement in Tampa on Wednesday and was released on bond after Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and State's Attorney Andrew Warren on Tuesday issued warrants for his arrest for violating the local ordinance.

State, county and local officials are reviewing options should Howard-Browne call for church services this weekend.

John Haughey,

The Center Square

Gov. Ron Desantis has issued a mandatory stay at home order for the entire State of Florida. The Florida Stay at Home order goes into effect on Thursday at Midnight, so just hours from now.

DeSantis made the announcement during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Facing more pressure from state legislators that he should shutdown the state, DeSantis said Wednesday that he made the move in accordance with the new guidance from the Trump Administration, which calls for people to practice social distancing through at least April 30.

The order mandates that Floridians stay at home and “limit movements and personal interactions outside the home” to essential services or activities. He says the order is in place for 30 days. DeSantis said the state would follow the guidelines outlined by the Department of Homeland Security.

Several other counties that have enacted their own stay at home orders defined essential activies as going to and from work, going to get food, going to the bank and going to the grocery store.

In many counties the boat ramps and marinas are closed, but fishing from shore in many spots was allowed as long as social distancing requirements were met.

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER:

I removed all the "where as" parts in the begining of the Ex Order... BUT you can find the whole order link at the bottom of the article.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitutioi;i Chapter 2 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1. Safer At Home

A. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

B. In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Corona virus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

Section 2. Essential Services

A. For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential services" means and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v. 2 (March 28, 2020) (attached) and any subsequent lists published.

B. Essential services also include those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders.

C. Other essential services may be added under this Order with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential services, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions. The online list shall be available on the Division of Emergency Management's website at www.floridadisaster.org and the Florida Department of Health's website at www.floridahealth.gov.

D. Nothing in this order prohibits individuals from working from home; indeed, this Order encourages individuals to work from home.

E. All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service outside of the business or organization, of orders placed online or via telephone, to the greatest extent practicable.

Section 3. Essential Activities

A. For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential activities" means and encompasses the following:

  1. Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and
  2. Participating in recreational activities ( consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; and
  3. Taking care of pets; and

4.   Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.

B. Other essential activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential activities, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions.

C. A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.

Section 4. Local Orders in Response to COYID-19

This Order shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COY ID-19 but only to the extent that such action or order allows essential services or essential activities prohibited by this Executive Order

Section 5. Previous Executive Orders

This Executive Order does not supersede any Executive Order related to COVID-19.

Section 6. Effective Date and Expiration Date

This Order is effective 12:01 am on April 3, 2020. This Order shall expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order. Executive Order 20-68 (bars, restaurants) and Executive Order 20-71 (alcohol sales, restaurants) shall remain in effect through the duration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed, at Tallahassee, this l st day of April, 2020

Ron DeSantis

see full Ex Order here : https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91.pdf

By the Numbers:

Corona Flu as of 5:10am April 2nd, 2020 ... there are 938,348 cases worldwide so far with 195,371 people that have had total recoveries and 47,286 deaths in the whole world!

In the USA there have been 341 new cases since yesterday and 10 new deaths and we have 215,344 total cases with 5,112 deaths and 8,878 complete recoveries. In the USA there are currently 201,354 active Corona Flu cases with only 5,005 out of  over 201,300 of those are in serious or critical condition! That is 0.0232 % ....................!!!

Comparison to the 2009-2010 SWINE FLU:

In 2009, there were up to 1.4 billion worldwide cases of the Swine Flu in the one year it was a global pandemic with 575.000 deaths worldwide

In the United States, there were 61 million cases of confirmed swine flu, with 12,469 deaths.

President Obama waited until 1000 people had died from Swine Flu in the United States before declaring an emergency, because of his late response, the US had the most cases of Swine Flu and the most deaths of any country, here are some stats on the Swine Flu Death counts. While looking at these stats please remember the USA has 325 Million people, India and China have roughly 1.4 Billion people each: India had 1035 Swine Flu deaths, China had 737 Swine Flu deaths.

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We are in Florida,  Our Governor DeSantis has issued an executive order to "Shelter In Place"  which will go into affect at 12:01 am ... so tonight at midnight, toilet paper is plentiful at WalMart in the mornings most stores like Aldi's and Publix are also getting their shelves stocked up with essentials and cleaning products so there is no need to hoard them! Be Smart, Be Safe, Wash your hands !

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