Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Victims and Families Impacted by COVID-19

Posted on March 2, 2021 by Staff reports

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on March 1, 2020 declared a public health emergency in the State of Florida in response to the significant outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“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 economy, society, and mental health,” DeSantis said Tuesday. “Thankfully, hope is on the horizon.”
DeSantis’ Executive Orders throughout the pandemic have prioritized and protected those considered 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,” DeSantis said. “Beginning March 3rd, K-12 school employees, sworn law enforcement officers and firefighters 50 years of age and older may also receive the vaccine.”
Subsequently, DeSantis ordered United States and Florida flags lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, March 3 at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida.
“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,” DeSantis said.
For a PDF copy of his memorandum click here.