TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Flags will fly at half-staff Wednesday at state and local government buildings throughout Florida to honor people who have died of COVID-19.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday. The move came almost exactly a year after DeSantis declared a public health emergency on March 1, 2020, because of the pandemic.

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He made the announcement during his State of the State address ahead of the opening of the 60-day Florida legislative session.

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As of a Tuesday count, 31,135 Florida residents and 561 non-residents had died because of COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health website.

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