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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during his daily coronavirus briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020. [The Florida Channel]
The exact locations of the checkpoints stopping Louisiana motorists weren’t identified. DeSantis said they would be along the main Gulf Coast roads, such as Interstate 10.
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The staffers work in five prisons and two probation offices, including Zephyrhills Correctional Institution in the Tampa Bay area. So far, the state says no inmates are known to have been infected.
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The governor has signed orders requiring quarantines for travelers from New York, and on Friday extended that to people driving in from Louisiana.
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First, though, the public officials responsible for carrying out the change have to figure out how to apply it.
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  1. A Tampa man contends in a federal lawsuit that he received unwanted text messages from the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Times files)
  2. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, during a break in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) [SUSAN WALSH  |  AP]
  3. Barring a reporter from a news conference for specious purposes may be a violation of Florida law. Even worse, it does not inspire confidence in Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' ability to handle a crisis. [AILEEN PERILLA  |  AP]
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  5. A voter walks into a voting precinct located at Bethel Lutheran Church Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Clearwater. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. [BRENDAN FARRINGTON  |  AP]
  7. A shuttle moves between terminals at Tampa International Airport (TIA) on March 24, 2020, minutes before an executive order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis went into effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. which directs all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter. All persons isolating or quarantining under this Section, shall be responsible for all costs associated with that person’s isolation or quarantine, including transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the person during the period of isolation or quarantine. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  8. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during his daily coronavirus briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020. [The Florida Channel]
  9. The number of first-time unemployment claims has exploded in Florida as businesses, like the gift shop at Bradenton's LECOM Park, home to Pittsburgh Pirates spring training baseball, have closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) [CARLOS OSORIO  |  AP]
  10. Taira Rodriguez, a canvasser for UnidosUS, knocks on doors at a Kendall apartment building on Friday, January 17, 2020. [LAUTARO GRINSPAN | Miami Herald]
  11. In 2018, People gather around the Ben & Jerry's "Yes on 4" truck as they learn about Amendment 4 and eat free ice cream at Charles Hadley Park in Miami. A federal judge has temporarily set aside a Florida law that barred some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines and other legal debts. The ruling handed down Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle means thousands of felons who were denied the right to vote will be able to cast ballots unless the state gets a higher court to intervene or if Hinkle later upholds the constitutionality of the state law. [WILFREDO LEE  |  Associated Press]
  12. A postcard from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with "President Trump's Coronavirus Guidelines for America." [Sent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
  1. Dexter Toledo, 46, of Sarasota, reads an executive order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis moments after arriving at Tampa International Airport (TIA) on JetBlue flight #905, a one-way flight from Newark (EWR), New Jersey, which arrived at 12:13 am, only minutes after the order went into effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference earlier in March at the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee with Mary Mayhew, secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, which administers the state’s Medicaid program. [Florida Channel]
  3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers remarks during a Monday news conference at a coronavirus mobile testing site in The Villages'. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during his daily coronavirus briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020. [The Florida Channel]
  5. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) [MATT ROURKE  |  AP]
  6. Lakeland City Commissioner Scott Franklin (left) has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, in a Republican primary. [City of Lakeland/Courtesy of Ross Spano]
  7. A usually active 200 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg is eerily quiet at around 9:30 pm on Wednesday night March 18, 2020 as restaurants and bars closed early due to the government mandated operating restrictions including alcohol sales impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.  [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  8. Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a news conference Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Photo courtesy of The Florida Channel [The Florida Channel]
  9. Jessica Langlois of St. Petersburg had been working as a teacher in Honduras before the country closed its schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. She struggled to get home as flights were canceled and nations clamped down on their borders. [courtesy Langlois family]
  10. Chicago's Lake Shore Drive is barren of its usual vehicle traffic, Monday, March 23, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic could test a generation in ways they have never faced. One expert likens the impact to that of the Great Depression. As they're being asked to study at home and distance socially to help their more vulnerable elders, how will they cope? [CHARLES REX ARBOGAST  |  AP]
  11. Dexter Toledo, 46, of Sarasota, reads an executive order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis moments after arriving at Tampa International Airport on JetBlue flight from Newark, New Jersey, which arrived at 12:13 am, only minutes after the order went into effect Tuesday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  12. People visit Clearwater Beach on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at sunset where city officials have ordered all its public beaches to close for at least two weeks beginning at 6 a.m. on March 23 to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of coronavirus. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
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