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While the coronavirus continues to spread across the state, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday said it's time to start planning to reboot the state's economy. 

2020欧洲杯正规平台The Republican governor has described the state as being in an economic crisis, with more than 650,000 filing for unemployment benefits since mid-March due to the virus-related economic slowdown.

2020欧洲杯正规平台Numbers released Saturday evening show the number of people who have tested positive for the virus is over 25,000. And COVID-19, the respiratory disease it causes, now has claimed 748 lives since March 1. 

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Social-distancing guidelines and stay-at-home directives have created unemployment rates that rival the Great Recession and economists fear the nation will approach jobless levels not seen since the Great Depression.

2020欧洲杯正规平台DeSantis intends to announce on Monday the members of the Florida Rebound and Resurgence Task Force. The group of business leaders and citizens will develop a three-step plan to get people "back to work for the long haul," according to DeSantis.

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2020欧洲杯正规平台"They are going to meet telephonically every day this coming week on a short-term strategy and they are going to provide recommendations for me by the end of the week," DeSantis said.

Also Saturday, DeSantis said the state's public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Florida National Guardsmen will help with testing residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, and he is looking to partner with private labs to speed up testing so people can return to work.

2020欧洲杯正规平台Across the country, more than 22 million people have been thrown out of work since March. The economic disruption led to protests Saturday at the state capitals of Texas, Nevada, Indiana, and Maryland. Protesters chanted "You can't close America."

In Florida, more than 650,000 people have filed for benefits since mid-March, when DeSantis started issuing executive orders and recommending people stay at home.

As part of a strategy to get people back to work, DeSantis said he wants the state to develop relationships with private labs with rapid testing capabilities that can produce results within 24 hours. 

"If you have an employee and someone may have a symptom, send them somewhere quick to get tested (because) you need to get a response, hopefully within 24 hours," DeSantis said.

He hopes to have some agreements in place very soon.

2020欧洲杯正规平台DeSantis also said that, after threats of lawsuits by news media organization, he planned to release the names of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases. Previously, his administration had claimed they could not name the facilities because of state and federal privacy and confidentiality laws. 

Minutes later, the Department of Health released where a resident or staff member has tested positive for the virus.

The Saturday evening update from DOH shows that in the past seven days the number of cases, patients hospitalized and deaths from COVID-19 has increased by at least a third in all three categories.

There are now 25,492 people infected with the coronavirus, an increase of 739 in a 24-hour period ending 5:00 p.m Saturday and an increase of 6,506 since April 11.

2020欧洲杯正规平台The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms is 3,745. And between Friday and Saturday evenings, the disease claimed another 22 lives, for a total of 748 deaths — a seven-day increase of 302.

Containment is key

2020欧洲杯正规平台Health officials say testing is key to containment and a safe return to normal economic activity and daily life.

2020欧洲杯正规平台About 1% of the Florida population, or 225,736 people, have been tested so far, with 10.2% of the tests positive. That compares to about 20% positive rate among the 3.6 million tests completed nationwide, according to a Harvard University project tracking the virus.

Researchers there say the data suggests the number of daily tests — an average of 1,022 in Florida and 146,000 nationwide — should increase by about four times as much before stay-at-home directives are lifted.

Another university-related study finds that Florida may have already hit the peak in the number of daily deaths from COVID-19.

2020欧洲杯正规平台The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s analysis concludes the high-number mark was reached April 2, when it attributes 77 deaths to the virus.

2020欧洲杯正规平台The state, however, reported 43 deaths in a 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. April 2. It did report a peak of 72 deaths, Tuesday, April 14. 

2020欧洲杯正规平台And according to how the state reports the data, which officials grade as an "A," with 5 p.m. Saturday as the marker, Florida recorded fewer than 72 deaths in six of the last seven days.

Coronavirus in prisons

The virus has spread behind bars as well, disrupting the federal and state prison systems. 

The union representing the corrections officers at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee has filed an OSHA workplace safety complaint. 

The officers said the Bureau of Prisons’ failure to provide OSHA approved personal protective equipment proliferates the spread of a deadly contagion, the coronavirus. 

The BOP operates three facilities in Florida and report seven of its staff members and one inmate have tested positive for the virus. 

2020欧洲杯正规平台The Florida Department of Corrections reported Friday night that the virus had forced them to place 4,062 inmates held in 54 different facilities, either in medical quarantine or medical isolation. 

2020欧洲杯正规平台That represents about 4.3% of the inmate population in Florida. Of the total, 156 inmates suspected of an infection are being held in isolation.  

2020欧洲杯正规平台The biggest cluster among the 94,000 inmates held by the DOC is at the Tomoka Correctional Institute in Daytona. The facility accounts for more than half, 88, of the inmates held in a medically-induced solitary confinement. 

Friday, after tests came back positive for seven inmates, the facility quarantined the remaining 1,226 inmates to their dormitory rooms. 

James Call is a member of the USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida Capital Bureau. He can be reached at Follow on him Twitter: @CallTallahassee

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