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DeSantis orders flags lowered to honor COVID-19 victims

As of a Tuesday count, 31,135 Florida residents and 561 non-residents had died because of COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health website.
Joana Moore holds a portrait of her mother Patsy Gilreath Moore who died at age 79 from COVID-19 as she poses for a photograph at a symbolic cemetery created to remember and honor lives lost to COVID-19, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. Officials announced that a new COVID-19 testing site will be opening in the neighborhood.
Joana Moore holds a portrait of her mother Patsy Gilreath Moore who died at age 79 from COVID-19 as she poses for a photograph at a symbolic cemetery created to remember and honor lives lost to COVID-19, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. Officials announced that a new COVID-19 testing site will be opening in the neighborhood. [ LYNNE SLADKY | AP ]
Published Mar. 3
Updated Mar. 3

Flags will fly at half-staff Wednesday at state and local government buildings throughout Florida to honor people who have died of COVID-19.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday. The move came almost exactly a year after DeSantis declared a public health emergency on March 1, 2020, because of the pandemic.

As of a Tuesday count, 31,135 Florida residents and 561 non-residents had died because of COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health website.

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