The state has fewer cases per capita than other heavily impacted states, such as Louisiana. According to Johns Hopkins University, Florida has had a total of 176 cases per 100,000 people compared to Louisiana, which has had 644 per 100,000 people…
Experts say there are a variety of reasons, including individual willingness to self-quarantine, that could explain why the state appears to have avoided being hit harder by the virus.
The state’s most populated counties in South Florida, as well as Orange County, home to the greater Orlando area, were under stay-at-home orders prior to the governor’s statewide order issued on April 1.
Early actions from local governments could have contributed to stopping the spread of the virus in the state, according to government and health officials.