CLOSE With the coronavirus already in the U.S., here is why health officials say precautionary measures like self-quarantines and canceling large events can save lives. Buzz60Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Monday joined the fast-growing list of jurisdictions mandating their residents to remain at home as much as possible to curb the spread of the coronavirus.Despite its large population of seniors, who are most susceptible to the harshest effects of COVID-19, Florida continues to resist calls to follow suit on a statewide basis, although it has imposed some limitations. On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis directed people living in the southeast part of the state to shelter in.At least 30 states have such orders in place, although they go by different names — often shelter in place or stay at home — and they have exceptions for essential tasks such as grocery shopping, visiting a doctor and exercising, as well as some jobs deemed critical.Altogether, approximately 250 million Americans — about 75% of the country — have been told to remain sheltered and, when engaged in essential activities, maintain at least six feet of distance from those who are not members of their immediate household.Here’s what the new orders look like in each state


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