Reckless Spring Breakers Ignore Trump’s Guidelines, Get Coronavirus
The University of Tampa confirmed on Saturday that four of their students who came from spring break tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the school’s official statement, the group traveled from March 8 to March 15, despite repeated guidelines from President Donald Trump as well as health experts to stay at home and observe social distancing. After the break, three of the four students came back on campus.
Currently, none of the four students were hospitalized. However, all remained in self-quarantine. Although their travel itinerary has yet to be confirmed, the university assured its campus community that the Florida Health Department is doing its best to track down and notify anyone who has come in contact with the said students.
The school had also opted to hold online classes since the president advised that the outbreak might still continue for the remainder of the semester. However, residence halls are still open for students who do not have access to alternative housing options.
Governor Ron De Santis was also forced to close down Florida beaches despite his initial refusal to follow Trump’s coronavirus guidelines. DeSantis’ decision came in too late since last week, the state already had 330 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 30 of which came from Northeast Florida. The governor finally issued a directive to close down Clearwater Beach, and all other in Pinellas County, after some were caught violating the guideline of a gathering of fewer than 10.
Subsequently, Monroe County also confirmed that hotels and lodging sites in the Florida Keys would be shut down to prevent other tourists from visiting the site.
The mandate, which was implemented on Sunday, will continue for 14 days. County officials will also have to check on the ban every day to make sure that there will be no violations, with exemption to essential personnel.
As of the moment, the number of cases skyrocketed to 830 with 13 coronavirus-related deaths according to the states’ official COVID-19 dashboard. In his appearance on “Fox and Friends Weekend,” Sen. Rick Scott also supported the mandate. In his Skype interview, the Florida senator blamed the spring breaker’s naivety and lack of discipline for the shutdown.
Scott, who was also in self-quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19, also reminded the citizens to observe social distancing, and if tested positive, to remain in isolation. Finally, the senator also assured that the state had put moratorium over all financial transactions, assuring that residents that they do not have to pay credit cards, mortgage, or utilities for the month. “Maybe, hopefully, in a very short period of time we can get past this, so we can open up the restaurants, do air travel, do our vacations we want to take, but we have got to get this behind us. We’re killing our economy right now,” the senator said.