And in Detroit, an American city that has seen more than its share of struggles in recent years, the virus was posing a new, lethal test. In less than two weeks, 35 people with the virus have died there. The police chief tested positive for the virus, and more than 500 police officers are in quarantine.
“Everybody is starting to understand that this virus is looking for more hosts,” Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit said in an interview. “Even if you’re young and healthy.”
By Sunday evening, with more than 5,400 cases, Michigan was fourth in known cases among the states, behind New York, New Jersey and California.
Roughly three out of four Americans are under orders to stay home, or will be soon.
While many states have issued stay-at-home directives to try to slow the virus’s spread — with Maryland and Virginia becoming the latest to do so on Monday — in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, had resisted the step, favoring local action over statewide mandates.
But on Monday Governor DeSantis said that he would sign an order codifying a patchwork of local rules urging residents in the densely-populated southeast corner of the state — including Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties — to stay home.
Local Florida governments have taken wildly different approaches to restricting interactions. While the city of Jacksonville shut down its beaches, St. Johns County to the south did not. A striking photo taken over the weekend showed bare beaches on one side of the county line and crowded sand on the other. (St. Johns County later closed its shoreline.)
Sheriff Chad Chronister of Hillsborough County, Fla., said on Monday that he had obtained an arrest warrant for the Rev. Rodney Howard-Browne, the Pentecostal pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church, after the megachurch held two large services on Sunday in violation of local orders mandating people to observe social distancing and stay at home.