Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday issued a statewide "Safer-at-Home" Order.

The directive goes into effect on April 3 and lasts for 30 days. It order residents throughout Florida to stay in their homes or on their properties except for essential activities or to commute to a job at an essential business.

Many lcoal communities have issued similar orders in the midst of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus global pandemic.

A number of Florida communities have already placed similar orders in palce, though neither Sarasota nor Manatee are among them.

Florida so far has seen 6.955 individuals test positive for COVID-19, including 87 who have died. Sarasota has 82 cases and three deaths, and Manatee has seen 58 cases and two deaths.